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Film Studies Courses in London and Online

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. 'B' movies from the golden age of Hollywood

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Once a significant part of Hollywood's output, the 'B' movie, characterised by low budgets, shorter running times and an absence of stars, originated in a Depression era strategy offering a cheaper, second feature as part of a double bill. Explore the history of the 'B' movie through a range of examples and consider their production and exhibition contexts along with their critical reputations.

    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. A taste of film

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This taster of forthcoming film courses at City Lit in 2020-21 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

  3. Film taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore some of the themes you can expect to encounter on City Lit film classes. This taster of forthcoming classes offers you the chance to decide which course to take while discussing the value and impact of film study.

    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

  4. Contemporary cinema: the best films of the year

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This annual course normally coincides with a wealth of films released for the awards season - but these are not normal times. ‘Contemporary cinema’ seems more necessary than ever, to share viewing experiences and catch-up on films missed. What managed to get released and what did we manage to see, in any format? Will cinemas survive?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  5. Contemporary British Filmmakers: new visions, emerging voices

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    These are exciting times for British filmmakers. No longer or exclusively the province of social-realism or heritage costume dramas, contemporary British cinema is alive to new visions and emerging voices. So much so, that a recent Sight & Sound editorial asked the following question: “Are we in the midst of a new wave - one which isn’t characterised by a uniform style, but by a drive for innovation and diversity of practice?”.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Reading images: an introduction to film studies

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This comprehensive introductory course provides an overview of the main historical, technical and theoretical aspects of filmmaking and film analysis.

    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

  7. Exploring European Cinema

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This class introduces you to a range of themes and issues in European cinema, including art cinema, national cinema, movements, 'moments' and new waves, authorship, popular cinema and genre. We will also explore and discuss a range of critical responses to European cinema.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  8. Take two: adaptations and remakes in films

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Remakes and adaptations are central to the development of cinema, with remaking key to its rapid growth and adaptations a vital part of its acceptance as an art form. We will explore this fascinating history by looking at a range of films from 1895 to the present day while teasing out what makes a successful remake and/or adaptation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  9. Political conspiracy thrillers: fake news

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Paranoia, conspiracy, cynicism — now that’s what I call the 70s! Thrillers suddenly took on political and corporate coverups: The Conversation, The Parallax View, Network, Three Days of the Condor and later Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy caught the mood. Trust no one! Dark Waters in 2019 is the latest conspiracy thriller to capture a unique moment in our political and social history.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  10. American crime cinema of the 1940s

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    View and discuss American crime cinema of the 1940s through examples from a wide range of sub-genres (see course outline), and explore their approach to genre, narrative, style and theme. We will also consider the concept of 'film noir', the principal critical framework for thinking about these films, and the context of classical Hollywood film style and mode of production in which they emerged.

    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. Master of Suspense: Hitchcock’s Spy Thrillers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Hitchcock made his name as a director with spy movies and this 8 week course will study the development of his own style and how the spy genre as a whole responded to changing political and cultural contexts. Why is this course exciting? Because these films are thrillers!

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Exploring film studies: a beginner's guide

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your critical understanding of cinema through a range of concepts and critical approaches in the study of film, including narrative, genre, spectatorship, authorship and directors, popular cinema, art cinema, national cinema, early and silent film, along with technological developments including the transition to sound, while we view and discuss a wide range of key films as examples.

    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

  13. The rise of 'the method' in screen acting of the 1940s and 50s

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 9 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course explores the acting techniques and psychological elements a new generation of American screen actors brought to cinema in the 1940s and 1950s, known as the Method.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. History, Myth and Genre: the western from 'Stagecoach' to 'Unforgiven'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the Hollywood Western from the first classic of this major genre, Stagecoach, to a late masterpiece, Unforgiven. We will look at the ways in which it has evolved, in terms of both filmmaking and theme, its mythical representation of the American west and its powerful visual style, while also considering the impact of key stars and directors and a range of critical approaches to the genre.

    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

  15. The Wind in film

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    We will go on a journey exploring a variety of cinematic expressions of wind in film: From silent cinema, disaster films, to nature documentaries, surrealist and art house films: Including Joris Ivens, Jean Epstein, Victor Sjostrom, and Bela Tarr. We will consider filmmaking techniques to express and render visible this invisible force through editing, soundtrack, and camera shots.

    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

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