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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Dita Rietuma
Study type:Part time, Full time
Course level:Bachelor
Target audience:Communication Science
Branch of science:Communication Sciences


To familiarise students with world cinematic art history to ensure extension of the general humanistic outlook of students. To deepen understanding of the modern history of communication and media, and importance in the context of development of European culture.
To familiarise with the most important stages, stylistic trends of development of the world cinematic art and the most important representatives of film culture – their canonical works. To learn and to be able to analyse the most brilliant examples of cinematic art, which characterise the development of film history, as well as to develop understanding of the development of film language and its effects on the modern audio-visual communication space. To provide information about the world film history and its development stages. To give an understanding of basic principles of film language.
The course familiarises with the development of cinema in the second half of the 20th century, emphasising the dominant element of modernism trend in the European film history of 1950s and 1960s, which appears as an opposition to the classical Hollywood style, as well as it echo in world cinematography.


The study course “Introduction to the World Film History and Theory I” has been mastered.

Learning outcomes


As a result of mastering the course students:
• Will recognise and understand main stages of development and stylistic directions of cinematic art (until 1940s–1950s).
• Will analyse the interaction between cinematic art and development of society.
• Will name and characterise the most important directions of cinematic art, as well as theoretical analysis approaches.
• Will understand the principles of formation of film language and its use in different periods of time and in traditions of different national schools.


As a result of mastering the course students will have obtained:
• Skill to recognise different cinematic art schools.
• Skill to evaluate the impact of cinematic art on modern mass media.
• Skills to analyse film authors and examples of cinematic art.
• Skills to interpret the impact of cinematic art on public communication.
• Skills to use cinematic art message approaches in multimedia communication.


As a result of mastering the course students:
• Will evaluate audio-visual works in films, which developed starting from 1940s.
• Will recognise different uses of film language.
• Will orient in classical principles of film language, as well as in alternative use of modernism principles.
• Will understand the main development stages of cinematic art and domineering stylistic principles.
• Will see the link between modern audio-visual culture and important stages of development of cinematic art and theoretical and practical achievements in different periods of time.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2020, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Photography, FO3Bachelor’sLimited choiceDita Rietuma
Multimedia Communication, MK1Bachelor’sRequiredDita Rietuma
Public Relations, SA1Bachelor’sRequiredDita Rietuma
Journalism, ZR1Bachelor’sRequiredDita Rietuma
Planning period:Year 2021, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Photography, FON2Bachelor’sLimited choiceDita Rietuma