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University of Zurich
Department of Film Studies


Affolternstrasse 56
8050 Zurich
Switzerland

T: 41 44 634 35 37
F: 41 44 634 49 10
info@fiwi.uzh.ch
www.film.uzh.ch


The Department

With the three perspectives of film analysis, film history, and film theory, which inform the Film Studies curriculum, the teaching and research activities at the Zurich department stand in a liberal arts/cultural studies tradition. Taking into account their development from the 19th to the 21st century, film and cinema are examined as (audio-)visual phenomena in the context of their social and artistic practice, with view to theoretical discourses, and in relation to other constellations and forms of the visual and the acoustic.

The department is now one of Europe’s teaching and research centers in the field of film studies. It offers a home base as well as a site of exchange to numerous scholars at the doctoral and postdoc levels. The dedicated administrative staff and a well-equipped library and video collection ensure excellent working conditions for research and teaching on the Oerlikon Campus, where the department has been located since 2010.


Curriculum

Film Studies is offered as a first minor (60 credits) within a Bachelor’s degree program. Students acquire fundamental knowledge, approaches, and methods in film analysis, film theory, and film history. They are equipped with the ability to critically investigate issues of film aesthetics and the pertinent scholarly positions of the field. Beyond providing an overview of the subject area, the program aims to advance students’ competence in methodical, scholarly thinking.
The study program focuses on the theory, aesthetics, and history of the medium of film and the institution of cinema, from the beginnings to the present. Cinematic works are analyzed and contextualized culturally and historically.

The Department of Film Studies also offers three study programs leading to a Master of Arts. Film Studies can be chosen as a first minor (30 credits) within the Master’s degree program of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In addition, there are two options for a major in Film Studies: the specialized Master’s program «Theory and History of Film» (90 credits), in combination with a first minor (30 credits) offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, or the «Master of Arts in Film Studies» offered by the Swiss Cinema Network (120 credits.

A Master’s program can be followed by doctoral studies, which focus on an independently conducted research project (dissertation) and lead to the doctoral degree (PhD). It is possible to write a PhD thesis in English. However, to pursue doctoral studies and participate in academic life, candidates must have sufficient knowledge of German.



University of Zurich
Department of Film Studies


Affolternstrasse 56
8050 Zurich
Switzerland

T: 41 44 634 35 37
F: 41 44 634 49 10
info@fiwi.uzh.ch
www.film.uzh.ch


The Department

With the three perspectives of film analysis, film history, and film theory, which inform the Film Studies curriculum, the teaching and research activities at the Zurich department stand in a liberal arts/cultural studies tradition. Taking into account their development from the 19th to the 21st century, film and cinema are examined as (audio-)visual phenomena in the context of their social and artistic practice, with view to theoretical discourses, and in relation to other constellations and forms of the visual and the acoustic.

The department is now one of Europe’s teaching and research centers in the field of film studies. It offers a home base as well as a site of exchange to numerous scholars at the doctoral and postdoc levels. The dedicated administrative staff and a well-equipped library and video collection ensure excellent working conditions for research and teaching on the Oerlikon Campus, where the department has been located since 2010.


Curriculum

Film Studies is offered as a first minor (60 credits) within a Bachelor’s degree program. Students acquire fundamental knowledge, approaches, and methods in film analysis, film theory, and film history. They are equipped with the ability to critically investigate issues of film aesthetics and the pertinent scholarly positions of the field. Beyond providing an overview of the subject area, the program aims to advance students’ competence in methodical, scholarly thinking.
The study program focuses on the theory, aesthetics, and history of the medium of film and the institution of cinema, from the beginnings to the present. Cinematic works are analyzed and contextualized culturally and historically.

The Department of Film Studies also offers three study programs leading to a Master of Arts. Film Studies can be chosen as a first minor (30 credits) within the Master’s degree program of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In addition, there are two options for a major in Film Studies: the specialized Master’s program «Theory and History of Film» (90 credits), in combination with a first minor (30 credits) offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, or the «Master of Arts in Film Studies» offered by the Swiss Cinema Network (120 credits.

A Master’s program can be followed by doctoral studies, which focus on an independently conducted research project (dissertation) and lead to the doctoral degree (PhD). It is possible to write a PhD thesis in English. However, to pursue doctoral studies and participate in academic life, candidates must have sufficient knowledge of German.