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Arts discipline Film Studies - BA Arts, Culture and Media


Our Arts Culture and Media - Film Studies BA track offers a wide variety of perspectives on film, cinema and television. Our students study the art of storytelling, film theory, and cinema history. They learn about the emotional experiences of film, about how we understand films and why film and television matter. They are also encouraged to shoot films and hand in audiovisual essays.

The Film Studies track is known for its high-quality supervision of students. It offers a solid network for international exchanges and traineeships. Moreover, the University of Groningen is notable for its excellent guidance of international students. The university is home to a unique film archive, containing different formats of films, cinematic devices, posters and literature available for hands-on education and research.

During our three-year programme, students follow the required modules in their own arts specialisation (film) as well as, a second arts discipline and integrated arts courses highlighting the role of arts in society. This BA track also allows access to the arts disciplinary MA programme in Film within the Department of Arts, Culture and Media.

Bachelor's Programme (Film Studies)

Film Ia: Film Analysis (5 EC)

This module offers an introduction to film (and television) as an art form. It offers elementary aspects of critical film analysis, such as film technique, cinematography, editing, sound, and narration. Analysing both classic and contemporary films, students learn why and how moving images create certain effects on viewers.

Film Ib: Film Analysis (5 EC)

The course is the second half of Film I. It continues the introduction to film analysis and focuses upon implementing newly acquired knowledge into practice through a weekly analysis of five classic and contemporary films. These provide participants a first impression of film's rich history of representation.

Film II: Film History (10 EC)

This course provides an overview of film history from its beginning in the late 1890s to the present. It covers key film genres, styles and periods, ranging from early cinema and narrative film to pre- and post-war art cinema; and from classical and new Hollywood to various national cinemas. The development of film genres is thoroughly explored, but we also investigate film historiography (the ideologies and modes of writing history). Additionally, we examine the rise of television and the resulting interplay between these two media. Although we focus on the development of fiction film, we devote thorough attention to such filmic modes as experimental film, documentaries and home movies.

Film III: Film Theory (10 EC)

This course analyses the main shifts in the development of theories regarding film, cinema, television, modern and new media, and the basic concepts of media archaeology. Providing a history of film and media theory, students learn how key film theorists have described the nature of the film medium and its experience.

Film in a Global Context (5 EC)

This 7-week seminar takes an in-depth look at the work of one of the great early masters of the cinema: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1888-1931). The German director is responsible for some of the major films of the silent era like "Nosferatu," "The Last Laugh," "Faust," "Sunrise," and "Tabu," shot in the Babelsberg studios outside of Berlin, Hollywood and the South Seas.

Arts in Practice (10 EC)

In this course, students apply their knowledge to engage with and question the state of the professional arts world. They do this in the context of their chosen arts profession profile. During the course, the students actively involve themselves in both a reflection on this field and in practical experience within the field. This can be achieved by cooperating in the organization of a festival, by making a film/audiovisual essay or a theatre performance, or by assisting in a comparative inquiry regarding artistic intentions and public reception and experience.

Bachelor Thesis (10 EC)

The Bachelors’ thesis is an individual literature research project based upon aspects related to film and its relation to culture, history, and society. Based upon a central question, students incorporate material from published sources to be interpreted and synthesized, relying upon methods and skills developed within the courses of their specialization.

Film Staff

Dr. J. (Julian) Hanich - Film phenomenology, emotion studies, film aesthetics, film style, genre studies.

Dr. M. (Miklós) Kiss - Narrative and cognitive approaches to film, embodied cognition, contemporary complex cinema, film analysis, videographic film studies (audiovisual essay), visualization (narrative mapping), 3D cinema.

Dr. A. (Annelies) van Noortwijk - Documentary studies, female documentary makers, the autobiographical movie.

Prof. Dr. A.M.A. (Annie) van den Oever - Film and media theory, philosophy, and aesthetics. Program director of disciplinary film masters at the Dept. of Arts, Culture, and Media Studies. Director of the Faculty Minor Film in Culture. Head of the Film Archive.

S.P.M (Steven) Willemsen - Ma. PhD candidate. On the Cognitive & Hermeneutic Dynamics of Complex Film Narratives.


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