Postgraduate Courses

FAM4038F Authorship in Cinema

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 8.

Course convener

Associate Prof Martin Botha

Entrance requirements

Acceptance for an Honours programme.

Course outline

The course will comprise an in-depth discussion on authorship and the great auteurs in film history such as Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Theo Angelopoulos, among others. We shall engage with this material through detailed formal analysis as well as through an exploration of central debates around auteurism from the 1950s until the present. Authors in, mostly, European cinema will serve as case studies, taking a cue from various scholars (e.g. Cook, Maule) that the film author is not only the most important symbol of European cinema’s cultural tradition and commitment, but also a crucial part of Europe’s efforts to develop its cinema within domestic and international film industries.

DP requirements

Attendance at all scheduled consultations; punctual submission of all written work.


One seminar presentation (20%); one essay of 2,500 words (30%); one essay of 5,000 words (50%).