Undergraduate Courses

FAM1000S Analysing Film & Television

(NOTE: This course may also be offered in Winter Term.)

NQF credits: 18 at HEQSF level 5

First -year, second -semester course, two lectures, screenings, weekly tutorials.


Dr. Ian-Malcom Rijsdijk

Entrance requirements


Course outline

This course offers a critical introduction to film and television. Its main aims are to provide students with the basic vocabulary for understanding the film-making process as well as narrative forms in both film and television. The course also considers key areas of film and television studies such as spectatorship, genre and realism, with examples drawn from both South Africa and abroad. Students are assessed through academic analysis, written examination and a creative assignment (the short script or short film).

Lecture times

Lectures: 6th period, Wednesday and Thursday; Screening: 6th and 7th periods, Friday. Two tutorials per week.

DP requirements

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


Still-frame analysis 15%, stylistic analysis 30%, creative project 25% and a two-hour examination 30%.