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Introduction to film history31287/1717/1920/1/60
Study guide

Introduction to film history

Academic year 2019-20
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 3
    Choice package:
    • aan opleidingsonderdelen naar keuze
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
    Choice package:
    • Elective courses
In other study programme:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts as Introduction to the history of film
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Co-ordinator: Ubben Eric
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Semester 2
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 09.03.2020 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Compensated fail: This course unit is eligible for compensation according to the compensated fail criteria as determined by the degree programme you are enrolled in.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Short description

Film History is a seminar that consists of film fragments (DVD Blurry and YouTube) and relevant contextual information (PowerPoint Presentation).

Prerequisite competencies (text)

The student has a basic notion of the History and Art History of Modern and Post Modern Times. Good knoledge of English both written and spoken.

Learning outcomes (text)

At the end of the term, the student is capable of articulating the merits and cultural significance of several films from the Sight and Sound Top 50 Movies of All Time.

Learning objectives

To work in team and present a coherent and inspiring case study featuring a landmark film.

Course content

We study the major  paradigm shifts  from 1894 on. From pre cinematography, to Edison/Dickson and the Lumber Brothers to Georges Méliès and the pioneers in America (Porter, Griffith) and Europe until WW 1 . The second decade brings us to influential genres/movements of the silent age (German Expressionism,...) and the gradual shift to the Sound Era and the most significant film directors. Works War II and the Post War period show the Rise and second important crisis of Film (the arrival of television!). But thankfully film will re -invent itself through a new wave of Global Film directors. By the turn of the 21st century, home theatre and streaming will add a new film experience.

Study material (text): Mandatory

Introduction to Film History gives you an insight into the developments in arguably the most important art form of the previous century. Case studies wil include contemporary film makers and their inspirations, but also the succesion of movements (German Expressionism, Poetic Realism, Nouvelle Vague,...), Cinematographic innovations, the art of editing etc...

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Collaborative learning
Lectures and / or tutorials

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Semester 2Continuous project assignment (Permanent evaluation)100,00If a student is unable to present a case study in class, a paper or essay has to be handed in before the deadline.

Evaluation (text)

Students wil team up with three or four fellow students to work on a case. This case is centered around a landmark movie and will be presented during the last two seminars.