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. Film Spectatorship: from Plato’s Myth of the Cave to the Present Day
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will provide a brief introduction to the history of film spectatorship, tracing its origins in the silent era up to the present day. Plato’s myth or allegory of the cave has been a useful starting point for a number of theorists of film spectatorship and the course will examine the continuing relevance of Plato’s text for the cinematic experience. The course will explore a number of films in detail, including Il Conformista/The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci 1970 Italy), The Truman Show (Peter Weir 1998 US), Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore 1998 Italy), The Matrix (Wachowskis 1999 US) and others.

    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. 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
  3. Classic Italian actors of cinema: from Anna Magnani to Toni Servillo
    Course Date:  Mon 28 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this course we combine biography and film extracts to examine the impact of ten Italian actors who shaped the history of Italian Cinema and became international stars by creating powerful screen personae.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  4. Ealing Studios
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 4 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Although often remembered for its comedies, Ealing also produced films across a variety of other genres, from social realism and war, to crime thrillers and one great horror film. We will view and discuss a range of classic films and consider the studio's history and development, its key personnel, and a range of critical responses in this exploration of one of Britain's best loved film studios.

    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. Reading Images: an introduction to film
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your critical understanding of cinema through a range of themes and concepts in the study of film and explore film history through its key moments of development.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  6. 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
  7. A Psychoanalytical approach to Film: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 1 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to psychoanalysis for film interpretation, applying key Freudian concepts to explore celebrated works by international directors: Peter Jackson, Lars von Trier, Lynne Ramsay, Alfred Hitchcock, Gaspar Noé, and Luis Buñuel. Psychoanalytic themes will be identified in cinema, engendering a more enriched viewing experience.

    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. 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
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  9. 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
  10. David Lynch on the lost highway to Hollywood
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 15 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In 1977 the film world changed with Eraserhead, the feature debut of David Lynch. His films are fascinating in their ability to create imaginary worlds that bear a superficial resemblance to reality, leading viewers through a labyrinth of twisted tales and unlikely small American towns. These landscapes are painted with shiny colours along a lost highway, illuminated by headlights racing into an endless night, where David Lynch movies echo earlier Hollywood classics.

    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. A Psychoanalytic investigation of the Joker
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 15 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Exploring iconic representations of The Joker in film and TV, showcasing the pathology of a Supervillain who weaponises comedy, inspires delinquency, and claims unreliable accounts of a traumatic personal history. Reference will be made to texts by Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Albert Camus, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

    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. 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
  13. 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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  14. New Hollywood, New Wave
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The film world was breathless with excitement by 1963 but Hollywood had fallen behind the rest of the world and everyone was going to the latest French or Italian films. Exactly four years later Time magazine’s cover story was “The New Hollywood.” How this happened, how Hollywood suddenly went from losing millions on bloated spectacles like Cleopatra to producing smart, talked-about pictures like The Graduate, Badlands and Bonnie and Clyde — how Old Hollywood became the New Hollywood — is the subject of this course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  15. 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100

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