Reading Images: an introduction to film

Course Dates: 21/07/21 - 11/08/21
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: 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.
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Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00

Course Code: HF237

Wed, day, 21 Jul - 11 Aug '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

Themes and concepts in the study of film and film history.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Cinematography, editing, sound, narrative, genre, the spectator and spectatorship, national cinema/transnational cinema, authorship, early film, classical and post-classical Hollywood, British cinema, European cinema, popular cinema, art cinema, avant-garde film and technological developments (e.g., the transition to sound).

There will be reading/notes for each session.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Evaluate a range of themes and concepts in the study of film
• Identify and evaluate key developments in film history
• Evaluate a range of critical responses in the study of film
• Evaluate film within a critical framework.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for all levels and you do not require any particular skills - just an enthusiasm for film and discussing film. The course will provide an introduction to the subject but will also be useful for those wishing to build on existing knowledge in the subject area.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Screenings of extracts from films, talks by the tutor, reading materials, small and large group discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a pen and paper; the tutor will provide all other materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for other film studies courses on our website at, culture & writing/film studies.

Jon Wisbey

Jon Wisbey teaches film at City Lit and Morley College. He was for many years a committee member and vice-chair of Chelmsford Film Club, screening contemporary and classic world cinema releases. He has an MA in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia. His teaching focuses on classical and post-classical Hollywood, European cinema, British cinema, film noir and horror cinema.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.