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Curating Film and Video


Admission requirements

BA-degree, course is ONLY accessible to students in the Master Program Film and Photographic Studies


This course will examine current curatorial strategies concerning the projected and moving image. In a series of expert meetings and two group seminars, subjects such as film programming, curating video art, exhibition strategies, film heritage and the archive, the ‘filmic turn’ in recent video art practices, and the politics of film and video art festivals will be addressed. In addition to examining critical literature on the topics in question, students will carry out their own practical research project in this course, which entails small internships at a selection of festivals, museums and art institutes in the Netherlands. They are expected to collaborate with a team of professionals in the organization of a project that involves elements of programming or curating, such as the presentation, selection or promotion of films and/or videos. In the subsequent seminar meetings, students discuss their activities during their internship, in order to reflect on the considerations that have be taken into account in the process of realizing a film screening, festival or exhibition. In addition to the internships, students will also be introduced to the professional field by means of visits to exhibitions and institutions for the presentation, preservation and research of moving images.

Course objectives

  • To develop skills of oral presentation;

  • To conduct research and gain practical experience in the fields of video art and cinema;

  • To develop skills of academic and critical writing;

  • To acquire knowledge of the curatorial history of film exhibitions and programs.


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Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • Internship

  • Excursion

  • Research

Assessment method


  • Oral Presentation

  • Writing Assignment

  • Internship


  • Oral Presentation 10%

  • Writing Assignment 20%

  • Internship 70%

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average


The resit is taken only for the insufficient parts.

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 in Brightspace before the beginning of the course.


Enrollment trough uSis is mandatory. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, email:

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

Contact details

Dr. J.J.M. Houwen Dr. J.A. Ross

Coordinator of Studies Media Studies