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Short Course
Film History and Appreciation
A need was identified in the market for a short course in film history and appreciation that can provide participants with the basic skills and knowledge to analyse and appreciate films withing the greater context of film history and theory.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of this short course is to present a part-time platform where participants can develop the skills required to analyse and appreciate films within the greater context of film history and theory.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Learning assumed to be in place: 

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • The ability to show an informed understanding of the key concepts, principles, genres and theories of film history and models of analysis;
  • The ability to select and apply various film theory models in the analysis of a film;
  • The ability to identify, analyse and evaluate various aspects of films based on film history and theory

For outcome 1:

Paricipants must be able to define key concepts of film history and theory; discuss and apply standard principles and models relating to film history in the analysis of films; distinguish and critically explain different theories relating to various films.

For outcome 2:

Participants must be able to discuss, distinguish and implement appropriate standard methods and models of analysis in the context of analysing films.

For outcome 3:

Participants must be able to use the knowledge they have mastered in order to identify, analyse and ultimaltely evaluate various aspects of films based on film history and theory


It should be noted that participants are obliged to attend at least 70% of the contact classes to successfully pass the course. Furthermore, a participant must attain an average mark of 50% for all the relevant assessments in order to pass the course. Assessment will be supervised and conducted by the course presenter (see the method of assessment for a breakdown of assessment). Any statement (“transcript”, letter of attendance, receipt, or any other document bearing an NWU emblem) must be treated in the same manner as a certificate – i.e. issued ONLY via the approved NWU system/route/protocol. The final assessments of this short course are to be moderated.
Method of assessment: 
Assessment will be carried out in the form of one written analysis of a film and one film review.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Working adults, local businesses and full-time students at NWU Potchefstroom campus.
Contact us
Me Lindi Cameron
Telephone number: 
018 299 4094