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Cinema and Photography: Analysis


The course Cinema and Photography will be split up in two separate courses in the academic year 2019-2020. The new courses will be:

  • Cinema and Photography: Analysis (5 ec)

  • Cinema and Photography: Theory (5 ec)

Course descriptions will be available shortly. Students that did not pass the old course Cinema and Photography will have to take both new courses.

Admission requirements

Same as admission requirements for the BA Arts, Media and Society.


To operationalize the theoretical insights discussed in “Cinema & Photography: Theory”, this course will focus on how to put theory into practice; that is, how to analyze a photo, photographic series, or a film. During this course, students will be divided into several groups, and each group will choose a case study (film/photo) for an in-depth analysis during the class.
To familiarize the students with current analytical tools, the first three classes will be devoted to discussing the commonly used methodologies in contemporary art practices (textual/visual/discourse analysis), applicable both to film and photography.

Course objectives

  • Students learn to demonstrate their ability to use the acquired historical and theoretical knowledge to critically analyze and historically situate photographic and filmic practices within the fields of art and society.

  • Students learn how to use existing methodological tools for analyzing film and photography.

  • Students acquire applicable insights on how to put theory into practice by presenting different case studies during the seminars.


Please note: for the final schedule refer to Collegeroosters / Timetable BA Art History and AMS

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • Study of compulsory literature

  • Research

Course Load

Total course load: 140 hours (5EC)

  • Lectures: 26 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 20 hours

  • Assignment(s): 40 hours

  • Exam(s): 50 hours

  • Other components: 4 hours

Assessment method

  • Group presentation: 30%

  • Final paper: 70%

Compensation: The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). The mark for the final examination (or the main assignment) must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). The mark for all other constituent examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). However, it is possible to compensate for one constituent examination a 5.0 (but not a mark lower than 5.0) with the grade of another constituent examination which has the same weight in the average as the constituent examination it compensates.

Re-sit: A resit/ rewrite can be done for constituent examinations which are failed. As far as applicable all resit/ rewrite examinations take place at the same time, after the final (constituent) examination.

Inspection and feedback: How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • announcements

  • readings

  • assignments

Reading list

Literature will be made available through Blackboard one week prior to the first class.


Via uSis.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs



Dr. S.A. Shobeiri

Arts, Media and Society student administration, Huizinga Building (Doelensteeg 16), room 1. Tel. 071 5272687