Exploring film studies: a beginner's guide
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HF015
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Key concepts in film studies. We will be looking at a wide range of films that illustrate these concepts, including Hollywood, European and World cinema, and across a range of styles.
The tutor will provide notes to accompany the course, and no prior reading is required, though students may wish to refer to the following: Pam Cook and Mieke Bernink (eds.), The Cinema Book, 2nd Edition (British Film Institute, 1999). The first and third editions are fine too. A full list of films featured will be provided at the start of the course.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Popular cinema
• Art cinema
• National cinema
• Film history
• Key films and directors
• Critical responses.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe and evaluate a range of concepts in the study of film
• Identify and evaluate key developments in film history
• Identify and 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. It might also be a good idea to see what you can find out about the subject in advance of the class (see suggested viewing and reading, above) but this is not essential.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will require a pen and paper (or laptop/device) but the tutor will provide all other materials such as handouts etc.. The tutor will show extracts from films and you do not have to obtain them.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For more information on Film Studies classes please see our website - www.citylit.ac.uk/History, Culture & Writing/Film Studies.
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.