NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 6.

Second year, second-semester course, 3 lectures, weekly tutorials and screenings.


Dr Litheko Modisane

Entrance requirements

FAM1000S, or at the discretion of the Head of Department.

Course Outline:

This course examines the histories of cinemas and their social, cultural and political contexts from the silent era through to contemporary film. Important filmmakers and theorists are explored, from Soviet and German filmmaking between the wars, and the emergence of Africa filmmaking in the 1960s to Hollywood New Wave and Dogme 95. By the end of the course, students will have gained a broad knowledge of the histories of cinemas and cinema movements, deepening their knowledge of cinema, and will have improved their analytical skills and writing abilities.

Course structure:

The course comprises a lecture series, weekly tutorials and screenings.

1. Lectures: 5th period, Monday Tuesday and Wednesday

2. Tutorials: All students attend 1 tutorial per week.

3. Screenings: Fridays, 6th period - 8th period

DP requirements:

All written work must be submitted by the stipulated dates. Students who miss more than two tutorials will lose their DPs.


Continuous assessment (essays, projects, tests, etc.) counts 100%.