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Cinema and Photography: Methodology


Admission requirements

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


During this course students learn how to utilize visual, mise-en-scène, and discourse analysis methods in relation to the theories learned in Cinema and Photography: Theory. These three methodologies will function as principal tools for analyzing both photographic and filmic art works. By using these methods, this course inquires: to what extend can an attentive reading of visual materials tell us about their content? In which ways does the content of a film/photo change when read through a specific social/political/historical discourse? And what roles do all the (in)visible pieces within the frame play in the overall communication of meaning? In order to efficiently make use of the learned methodologies, there will be two (online) workshops on film and photography, in which we watch, discuss, and eventually provide a short analysis of the visual material. After gathering the essential analytical toolkits, students will put their insight into practice by leading group seminars in which they will choose, present, and analyze the film/photograph of their liking.

Course objectives

  • Students acquire in-depth knowledge of visual, mise-en-scène, and discourse analysis methodes

  • Students learn about the uses and differences between theory and methodology

  • Students learn how to choose and apply a suitable methodology in relation to filmic and cinematic case studies

  • Student will be acquainted to seminal artists and contemporary debates in filmic and photographic discourses


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • Lecture

Attendance in this course is mandatory. In case of no-show, the tutor should be informed about your absence prior to the actual seminar session. Moreover, this course cannot be successfully completed by students that were absent more than twice.

Assessment method


  • Group seminar (oral examination).

  • Final paper.


  • Group seminar: 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 My Studymap (Login | Universiteit Leiden) 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.