Film and Media History


Course Objective

Students learn:
1. To acquire knowledge of the historical chronology and developments of
cinema, in particular in Western Europe (including the Netherlands) and
the United States, regarding its style and its context of production,
distribition and exhibition.
2. To acquire knowledge of the crossovers between cinema history and the
history of other media and arts, e.g. precinematic optic devices,
theatre, graphic design (posters) and television.
3. To acquire knowledge of the perspectives and historiography of
conventional vs. New Film History.
4. To be able to critically and academically situate and reflect on this
film and media history, using their respective terminologies.
5. To set a first step towards the BA thesis by training and justifying
research questions related to the course.

Course Content

Film will be the central focus. The literature focuses on American and
West- European cinema, but the lectures will contain extra information
on precinema, cinema in the Netherlands, cinema vs. television, and
conventional vs. New Film
History. Cinema developed in its first decades from a vaudeville-like
programme of attractions to a story-telling, narrative medium; from an
invention to a popular mass medium, an industry and an art form.
Technological, economical, social and aesthetical factors played
important parts. For instance: 1) the introduction of the feature film,
sound and widescreen; 2) the growth and expansion of cinema's
infrastructure such as cinema exhibition and film distribution; 3) the
rise of serious film criticism and the changes in the audiences; 4) the
role of stardom and the language of performance; and 5) the interchange
with such arts as literature, fine arts and theatre, but also with
television and new media. Therefore, attention will also be paid to the
idea of an integral or comparative media history. All lectures will be
followed by related viewings of features or groups of shorts.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (2 hrs p/w); viewing (2 hrs p/w); series of guest lectures,
excursion and response meetings (2 hrs p/w).

Method of Assessment

Matching of course objectives and assignments:

Course objective 1, 2, 3, 4: Small assignments for all students (making
concept maps of film historical movements to train the knowledge); to be
submitted (entry requirement for the exam).
Course objective 1, 2, 3, 4: written exam (90% for regular students,
100% for exchange and elective students). The written exam is
combination of knowledge, application and judgment questions.
Course objective 5: extra assignment regarding training set up for
academic research (only for major and premaster students) (10%). This
assignment functions a build up to the bachelor thesis in year 3.

Entry Requirements

Media, Art, Design and Architecture students must have completed:
- 1st year Historisch Overzicht MKDA Modern (L_AABAMKD105)
- Academic English MKDA (L_EABAALG102).
Exchange and elective students should have a good command of the English


Kristin Thompson, David Bordwell, Film History: An Introduction (New
York etc.: McGraw-Hill, 2009, third international edition), some
additional articles on precinema and Dutch cinema.

Target Audience

Compulsory for 2nd year students MKDA, Specialization Media, and
premaster students Comparative Arts & Media Studies. MKDA students from
other specializations (Art, Architecture, Design) and students from the
Faculty of Humanities may also select this course as an elective. The
course is also open for 2nd and 3d year exchange students but ONLY with
a background in Media, History, or Art related bachelors within
Faculties of Arts or Humanities.

Additional Information

Lectures, viewings and literature are all part of the materials to be
studied for the exam; literature study is not enough. Attendance and
correct & timely handing in of the assignments are mandatory. Not
handing in assignments may result in being expelled from the exam. By
one excursion contacts with the professional field is established. The
course has an international character, as it is regularly followed by
exchange students. This course is obligatory for all 2nd year MADA
students who chose to specialise in Media. Attendance of all seminar
meetings is compulsory, while for the lectures an 80& presence is
compulsory. NB Missing the first lecture or the first seminar session,
however, may result in your expulsion from the course. This course is a
prerequisite for the Filmanalyse en -theorie course (MADA Media, year 2,
period 4), as well as for the third year Media-track seminar.

General Information

Course Code L_AABAMKD202
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. I.L. Blom
Examiner dr. I.L. Blom
Teaching Staff dr. I.L. Blom

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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