Film Studies Courses in London

From science fiction to horror, classics to contemporary films, explore a variety of film genres and approaches. Browse our range of daytime, evening and weekend courses; students can also benefit from our partnership with the British Film Institute. Classes take place in Covent Garden, at the BFI, and also online.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time you can enjoy 20% off our online courses with a start date from 1 September 2020 using discount code: NEWONLINE. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

  1. Film taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to evaluate and discuss films while enjoying a working example of a City Lit film studies class.

    We will view clips from a wide variety of films, exploring themes and technique in British cinema and modern American cinema. There will be a chance to review term one film courses at City Lit (September - December 2020).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  2. British cinema: a matter of life and death

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The contagion of the Virus has been likened to the war and the Blitz, the story of people pulling together against a common enemy, a story told as it was happening by the great forties’ film directors: Lean, Powell and Pressburger. From Pimlico to Pinewood, this course celebrates that forties’ golden age as a roadmap for later directors Clio Barnard, Joe Wright, Christopher Nolan and Sam Mendes.

    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

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

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Masters of Cinema: female and male directors

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What qualities define a Master of Cinema? Originality. Influence. Technical command - of space, sound, colour, emotion. Visual flair: the ability to think visually, to transmit ideas and tell stories through the arrangement of images. Understanding and compassion. A trust in process. With the above in mind, this course explores the work of some of cinema’s greatest filmmakers.

    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

  5. Hollywood and genre

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    From westerns, gangster films and horror films to comedy, melodrama, detectives, action films and more, explore popular American cinema, past and present, through its various genres. We will look at genres from different moments in Hollywood's history, noting how they reflect key developments in style and theme, while also thinking about the function of genre in Hollywood cinema more generally.

    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. Masters of cinema: Roberto Rossellini - the great visionary of Italian cinema

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 4 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Give yourself a chance to explore the unforgettable cinematic vision of Roberto Rossellini, covering all his major Neorealist films up to his last historical films for TV. Roberto Rossellini (b. Italy, 1906–1977) is a key artist of the mid-twentieth century whose contribution to cinema is inestimable and whose influence on other directors, such as Jean-Luc Godard and Martin Scorsese, is profound. Over his forty-year career Rossellini’s films took several broad turns, from his Neorealist masterworks of war and its immediate aftermath to the extraordinary melodramas he made with Ingrid Bergman to “didactic” works made for television about men whose ideas altered the course of civilization (Jesus, Socrates, Pascal, Descartes). Rossellini’s films are characterized by their inflection of “actuality” (shooting on location and casting everyday people alongside professional actors), recognition of the mystery of human behaviour, belief in spiritual transcendence, and desire to stimulate audiences’ curiosity.

    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

  7. From Page to Screen: Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    They say ‘never judge a book, by its movie’. In this spooky Halloween inspired double bill we will explore two classic 19th century Gothic novels, Dracula (1897, Bram Stoker) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886, Robert Louis Stevenson), and have a look at how these have been translated from page to screen by six filmmakers from the past 100 years or so of filmmaking.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  8. From the counterculture to a new hope: Hollywood 1967-1977

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 11 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The decade 1967-1977 saw major transformations in Hollywood's organisation and output, the impact of which is still felt today. Explore this key decade in popular American cinema through its films and directors, the developments in the film industry that gave rise to them, and the range of critical responses that have helped to shape our understanding of this 'renaissance', or 'new' Hollywood.

    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

  9. Masters of cinema: Scorsese's gangster films from 'Mean Streets' to 'The Irishman'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Mean Streets is indelibly imprinted on the memory of anyone who saw it at the time while The Irishman dares connect the mob to Kennedy’s assassination. This is the fifth Scorsese movie about an Irish mobster after The Departed, Gangs of New York, Goodfellas and Casino. Scorsese is the very embodiment of cinema, one who makes movies as if his life depended on it and film history was part of his DNA.

    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

  10. The 'mature' woman in British & American cinema

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Negative stereotypes of the mature woman has plagued popular cinema. Presented as witches or as the dithering lady, mature women on-screen have often been cruelly represented. Recently, however, there has been a positive increase in female representation, and mature stars such as Helen Mirren have altered the appearance and representation of the mature woman on-screen.

    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. Masters of cinema: Steven Spielberg - the king of Hollywood

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    How’s this for a CV: Columbo, Close Encounters, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, ET, —and now West Side Story! Does any genre remain for this 70’s movie brat who invented action-packed modern blockbusters and chanced new forms but was, above all, a popular and master storyteller? This is the perfect moment for a one day overview of the Spielberg filmography.

    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

  12. An introduction to the rise of 'the method' in screen acting of the 1940s and 50s

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The visceral impact of Marlon Brando’s performance as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire changed the style of American screen acting. 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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. Masters of cinema: Agnes Varda

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Nov 2020
    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

  14. '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

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