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Cinema and Photography: Theory


Admission requirements

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


In this course we will go through a wide spectrum of theoretical texts written on photography and cinema. Starting from classic discussions, we begin with two basic ontological questions: “what is photography” and “what is cinema?” Later in the course, we look into some specific genres and discourses related to cinema and photography. For example, to grasp a better understanding of the contemporary debates around photography, we examine the role of “materiality” and “memory” in the production of meaning. In order to deal with recent scholarly debates in cinema studies, we will look into the “the gaze” and “psychoanalytic” discourse. During this course, therefore, we will explore both classic and contemporary debates surrounding cinema and photography so as to create a theoretical overview of thoughts and ideas that have been shedding light onto these media over the past centuries.

Course objectives

  • Students learn to identify seminal artists, theoreticians, and debates in the field of photography and film.

  • Students acquire basic historical and theoretical knowledge concerning the nature and function of film and photography within the field of the visual arts.

  • Students learn to demonstrate their ability to articulate and develop coherent and relevant arguments concerning photographic and filmic practices.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

Assessment method


  • Multimedia project (midterm)

  • Final paper


  • Multimedia project (midterm): 30%

  • Final paper: 70%

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.


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 have to be organized.

Reading list

Literature will be announced on Brightspace prior to the start of the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

NB: First year students will be enrolled by the coordinator of studies. All other students need to contact the coordinator of studies to be enrolled for this course.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.