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Cinema: Avant-garde (Movements 2)


Admission requirements

Enrolled in Film and Literary Studies BA program or Art, Media, Society BA programme, or completed one previous film or art related course.


During this course we will reflect on the continuities and discontinuities between the avant-gardes and experimental film during the 1920s-1980s. The course will combine a historical and theoretical understanding of the phenomenon of avant-garde and experimental film. Following a chronological timeline from the interwar period until today, we will cover movements and experiments with media including the historical avant-gardes, American underground cinema, experimental and independent film, television art, and video art, as well as the complex interactions between these different media practices and industrial cinema, on a local and global scale. We shall consider several film practices that deviate from the standard format of mainstream (commercial) movies and are presented elsewhere than in a regular cinema: in the museum, on the street, and in our living rooms.

We will consider the ways in which technological, political, and social developments influence and cross-pollinate with these aesthetic movements and screen cultures, touching on issues such as technological reproducibility, mass culture, liveness, feminism, surveillance, and changing experiences of time and space.

This course is the second in the stream of courses within the Film track of the BA Film and Literary Studies and is also a module for the pre-master Film and Photography Studies.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  • Conduct independent research into avant-garde film and its history.

  • Analyse avant-garde film using concepts and methods.

  • Reflect on avant-garde film history in relation to the history of technology and society.

  • Work together with peers to answer discussion questions.

  • Participate in oral communication with peers.

  • Conduct independent learning on concepts and histories of avant-garde film.

  • Conduct written communication on avant-garde film in discussion boards and exam.


The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

  • Excursion

Assessment method


  • Take home examination/assignment

  • Brightspace Discussionboard


  • Take home examination/assignment: 100%

  • Brightspace Discussionboard – pass/fail
    Class attendance is mandatory.


Resit will involve another take-home exam.

Inspection and feedback

A feedback metric will be provided. Digital submissions will be required via Brightspace. Feedback and final mark will be available two weeks after the final submission date.

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 before the beginning of the course. Texts will be made available on Brightspace. Literature should be studied before each class.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.


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  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal.