What is the course about?
Cinema is not only entertainment, it is the art and culture of our time. For anyone interested in history, narrative and images – and how to interpret them – film studies is the ideal course for constructing an argument or practical criticism. We’re surrounded by narratives and pictures; film studies will give you the tools to understand and analyse them.
What will we cover?
There’s a reason why film has become one of the defining art forms of our generation, and created so many iconic images in pop culture. See where film fits into culture, the relationship between film and gender, as well as different styles of writing and directing.
We will explore contemporary cinema and current releases: mainstream, arthouse and world cinema.
-Style and technique and the use of music, editing and camera e.g. close-up vs. crane shot.
-Film theory and film history as a valid means to widen your world view.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have a clearer idea of what is involved when studying film
- Consider film courses on offer at Build.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a taster: no previous background in film studies is expected. Anyone with an interest in film is welcome.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Opening talk and a variety of film clips; group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Enthusiasm, an openness to learn, and pen & paper. There are no other costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The course will provide you with an overview of the film courses on offer in the Film section of Humanities in the prospectus and online.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details