MEVIT3528 – Alternative film

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Course content

"Alternative Film" addresses how the film medium can provide alternative historical, aesthetic, analytical and theoretical expressions. The course focuses on various alternatives to the culturally and financially dominant model of Hollywood cinema, and to the characteristics of this model in terms of film style and narrative. “Alternative film” invites analysis and theoretical discussions on larger aesthetic movements and trends, as well as focused studies on specific films and audiovisual images. The course illustrates the historical conditions that form the basis of various cinematic orientations, and explores how film has always in various ways tested the limits and characteristics of the medium.

The course offers knowledge to students who want to work with film in academic and/or other professional contexts, such as in film production, cultural work or in various journalistic contexts. Prior basic knowledge of film history, film/media theory, and academic writing is recommended.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • has an understanding of dominant norms and traditions for how films are produced and how films evoke particular audience experiences
  • is familiar with historical manifestations of cinematic productions that provide  alternatives to mainstream cinema, as associated with Hollywood film productions
  • has an advanced understanding of theoretical perspectives and concepts relevant to discussions and analysis of alternative film


The candidate:

  • can analytically reflect on dominant cinematic conventions and traditions, and how the film medium can challenge these conventions and traditions in different ways
  • can analytically reflect on how a film, or other audiovisual production, positions itself in relation to earlier norms and standards for cinematic productions

General competence

The candidate:

  • can write an academic film analysis
  • can partake in reflections and discussions on the qualities and characteristics of specific films


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Overlapping courses


Fall 2020: Digital teaching takes place throughout the semester organized as workshops comprising lectures, film screenings, and student activities. In addition, students will receive supervision on their term paper.

Mandatory activity:

A proposal for the term paper should be approved by the course teacher. The mandatory activity must be approved before you can take the exam in this course.

Approved obligatory activities are only valid the semester you attend the course


Term paper. The paper should be 10 standard pages (+/- 10%), front page and bibliography not included.

Tidligere eksamensoppgaver og sensorveiledninger

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic course evaluations: 

Course evaluation Autumn 2020

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Every autumn


Every autumn

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