Online Film Studies Courses

Explore our exciting range of Film courses, from How to Read a Film to our Masters of Cinema specialist courses. We offer introductory and in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, where you can revisit classic films and make cinematic discoveries from the UK and internationally.

Study online from the comfort of home, with classes that allow you to view film and participate in discussions with fellow adult students, sharing your passion for cinema as part of a learning community. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. For more information, please see our guide to online learning.

Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many also teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion for film studies through viewings, presentations, readings, interactive discussion, analysis, and other activities.

Many students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit film community.

Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place online now.

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  1. Bollywood women: stardom, performance and the construction of gender

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Bollywood produces some of the biggest films in the world, with wide global reach and overseas markets. However, relatively little has been written about the key female stars and the changing film roles for women in Hindi cinema. Explore these key female stars and how they have made themselves distinct on film through both film narratives and performance styles.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  2. Masters of cinema: Pedro Almodovar's lust for life

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Give yourself a shot of audio-visual cinematic vitamins by exploring Pedro Almodovar’s filmography through the decades, covering all his major films up to his last semiautobiographical masterpiece ‘Pain and Glory’. You will come out of the course feeling sensorially rejuvenated and extremely alive.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  3. French Film Noir

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Originating in the poetic realist film movement and the crime literature of writers such as Georges Simenon, French film noir is characterised in ways quite unlike its American counterpart. We will explore French film noir from the 1940s to the1970s and its revised appearance in French cinema since the 1980s, its key directors and stars, and critical accounts of its development and style.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  4. How to read a film: a brief beginners' guide to cinema

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will introduce you to new ways of looking at film, focusing on the techniques a director with their team of creatives use to help tell the story, manipulate the viewer, add further meaning and establish a personal vision. In this beginner’s guide you will gain an appreciation of Film Form (cinematography, editing, sound, mise-en-scène etc) and the way in which two key directors work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  5. Science fiction cinema: inner space as outer space

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Psychoanalysis shows that, because of the unconscious, we are aliens to ourselves. In this course, outer space will be treated as a metaphor for the human psyche, whereupon science-fiction films portray unresolved emotional conflicts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  6. Film taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This taster of forthcoming film courses at City Lit in 2021 offers you the chance to think about which ones to take while also providing an opportunity to explore some of the key areas in film studies more generally.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  7. Masters of cinema: Agnes Varda

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    2019 was marked by the death of a true mistress of world cinema, Agne`s Varda. We will introduce you to her oeuvre, from La pointe courte (1955) to her final work, Varda par Agne`s (2019), exploring her status as a ‘feminist’ icon. The digital was central to her later career, making her, perhaps, a multi-media artist rather than just a film director.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  8. An Introduction to Art Cinema

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Establishing itself in the immediate post-war period, initially in Europe and later in world cinemas, the art cinema is characterised by distinctive film styles and narrative structures that set it apart from popular forms of cinematic practice and representation. This course will consider these along with a range of key films, filmmakers and critical accounts of the art cinema.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  9. Public Enemies, Screen Heroes: the gangster film

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Forever associated with American cinema, the gangster film is also a major genre in European and East Asian cinemas. Through a range of examples this course explores the gangster film in American, British, French and Japanese cinema, looking at themes such as the representation of the gangster, violence, masculinity and style, and the key features of the genre in each of these production contexts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Aliens, anxiety and the bomb: 1950s science fiction cinema

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    SF cinema of the 1950s drew on the social, political and technological concerns of the period, producing a rich body of films that reflect these themes through narratives featuring aliens, social and political concerns and the threat posed by the nuclear age. This class explores the ways in which these films accommodate such issues, their production contexts, and a range of critical responses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  11. 125 years of women directors: from Alice Guy Blache to Greta Gerwig

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Did you know that the first fiction film was directed by a woman? That there were more women working behind the camera in the first 30 years of cinema, than in the last 30? That only one woman has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival? In this 6-week course, we will explore the careers of women directors from the past, those working today, and those whose careers are in their early stages.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  12. How to read a film: a beginners' guide to cinema

    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will develop your critical appreciation of the cinema by teaching you how to read and understand film texts. We will look at the elements that underpin film form – narrative, mise en scène, cinematography, editing and sound – alongside its historical development. We will consider film style by exploring classical, post-classical and art cinema and we will examine influential critical modes of analysis, such as genre, authorship and spectatorship.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Film detection and the American City

    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    From Spade and Marlowe to Harry Callaghan and Popeye Doyle, the American city offers the gritty and protean terrain that endangers and protects the modern detective. This class will explore a range of classic American detective films, examining the development of genre and setting from the 1940s to the 1980s.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  14. Documentary Thrillers: a new genre

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Documentaries can be every bit as entertaining and suspenseful as a Hitchcock thriller. What happens next, whose side are we on? The Insider and Dark Waters are suspense films based on shocking historical events but recent documentaries Touching the Void and Searching for Sugar Man are equally gripping thrillers. For Sama is a documentary and Capernaum a fiction film but both share the neorealism of Bicycle Thieves.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  15. An introduction to the horror film

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course introduces you to the genre's key themes, its major developments, and a range of critical perspectives on horror cinema. In doing so, we will view and discuss a variety of films and consider their various production contexts, including the Universal cycle of films in the 1930s, Hammer films of the 1950s/60s, American horror cinema since 1970, and recent East Asian horror cinema.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

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