Film studies

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. Masters of cinema: the Coen Brothers
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 26 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Coen brothers reflect reality through Hollywood genres: the film noir of Blood Simple, screwball comedy in Raising Arizona, the westerns True Grit or Buster Scruggs, and Hollywood musicals as celebrated in Hail, Caesar! Expect the unexpected—the Coens always add something exhilarating to the Hollywood genres they lovingly pastiche so you’ll never look at them the same way again!

    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. Elvis Presley in film: from 'Love me Tender' to 'Change of Habit'
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 31 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Elvis Presley was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th Century. Although remembered as a singer, more than a decade of the star’s career was in the Hollywood film industry. Film is relegated to the outside of academic discussions on Presley, however, this course aims to rectify our understanding by examining the importance of Presley’s film career.

    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. Aspects of European Cinema
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 7 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course introduces you to a range of themes in European cinema, including art cinema, authorship, national cinema, movements and new waves, popular cinema, and genre, while also exploring key developments in European film history and 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 £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Masters of Cinema: Ennio Morricone: the movie maestro
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 14 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Composer of over 450 films, Ennio Morricone’s soundtracks combined electric guitars, panpipes, whistling and orchestrations with natural sound to reinvent the sound of cinema. This course will look at Morricone’s techniques and creative relationships with Italian directors including Leone, Pasolini and Tornatore plus also his memorable film scores for films including The Mission, The Untouchables and The Hateful Eight.

    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. Cinema du Look
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 21 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will focus on a specific decade of French film production – the 1980s. French cinema’s dynamic relationship with Hollywood finds expression in this decade in the so-called cinéma du look, exemplified by directors such as Luc Besson. The course will look at the industrial, cultural and social factors in play during this period and it will explore the work of Besson and others.

    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 18 Sep 2021

    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 2021).

    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 £6.00
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    80% of 100
  7. American Gothic Cinema
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 25 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore American gothic cinema, past and present, through a range of key films, and discuss issues such as genre (including horror, mystery and melodrama), gender, narrative and film style. In doing so, we will consider the contexts of classical and post-classical Hollywood in which these films were produced, while also thinking about a range of critical accounts of American gothic 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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  8. From Page to Screen: Frankenstein and the Phantom of the Opera
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

    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 Gothic novels Frankenstein (1818, Mary Shelley) which could also be considered one of the first science-fiction novels and The Phantom of the Opera (1910, Gaston Leroux). We will have a look at how these two novels have been translated from page to screen by various filmmakers from the past 100+ years of filmmaking.

    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. Disney: film theory and high art
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Walt Disney Animation is not just entertainment for children. Film theorist Sergei Eisenstein was very interested in what animation could do to film’s form and meaning. Equally, Salvador Dali worked with Walt Disney on a surrealist film. This course will explore the many artistic influences on the Walt Disney Company in the 20th century.

    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. Sofia Coppola - the cinema of liminality
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this online film course we will deconstruct the complete filmography of American director Sofia Coppola, and the way in which her ambient sound design, muted colour palettes, and pared-down framing communicate remoteness, ambivalence, indulgence, and solitude.

    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. An introduction to Japanese Anime: history, genres and authors
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is anime? What are the artistic and narrative features that make these films so instantly recognizable? This two-day online film course will provide an overview of the history of Japanese animation cinema, its inextricable links with manga and its multi-faceted and varied productions that range from children’s films to genres such as cyberpunk and yaoi. During the course, we will watch and discuss clips from a variety of production companies and directors, such as Haya Miyazaki, the Studio Ghibli and Katsuhiro Otomo.

    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. Masters of Cinema: Vittorio De Sica
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Matinee idol; pioneer of Italian neo-realism; popular international director; Vittorio De Sica was a man of many parts. From The Bicycle Thieves to his work with Sophia Loren, De Sica brought Italian people and society to the world stage.

    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: Douglas Sirk and subversive melodrama
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online film studies course will explore the work of the Hollywood director Douglas Sirk, most famous for his 1950s Hollywood melodramas Magnificent Obsession (1954), All that Heaven Allows (1955), Written on the Wind (1956) and Imitation of Life (1959). The course will consider the films of this intensely productive period in some detail but it will also explore the film melodrama more broadly, considering its history, development and its critical significance. The course will consider Sirk’s status as a master filmmaker by exploring his entire career and it will examine the lasting influence and legacy of his films.

    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. British Gothic Cinema
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 27 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore British gothic cinema from its origins in low budget chillers of the 1930s and dark noirs of the 1940s, to its golden age from the 1950s to the 1970s through the films produced by studios such as Hammer, Amicus and others. We will consider a range of films and discuss their style, themes and critical reception, along with issues such as the films' cultural context and censorship.

    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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  15. Christmas at the cinema: holiday favourites
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A Christmas cracker stuffed with seasonal films, from It’s a Wonderful Life to The Apartment to Die Hard, is a carefully-curated cornucopia celebrating the genre of the Christmas movie with clips of classics and hidden gems: Scrooge as a film noir, the old Covent Garden - open Every Day Except Christmas; and a grown man dressed as an Elf. Full of delights, discussions and a quiz or two.

    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

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