Where will this course lead?

Join us for an online study of film which investigates the ways that movies entertain and communicate with audiences. These courses will provide you with the opportunity to engage with your love of cinema and explore the language of film. Through a series of tasks and forum discussions, you will analyse and discuss a variety of classic and contemporary films with consideration of how they make meaning through technical aspects, such as cinematography and sound, as well as their narrative content. This course can be used for you to further engage with a hobby or support your skills development in preparation for further education.

What will I study?

You will study British stars, directors and franchises to consider how the British film industry has established itself as the third most successful film industry in the world. This will be supported with the analysis of a selection of British films to explore social, political and historical representations.

1 What is British cinema? Sightseers (Wheatley, 2012)
2 Post-war British cinema - the films of David Lean Brief Encounter (Lean, 1945)
3 Ealing Studios The Ladykillers (Mackendrick, 1955)
4 British New Wave Saturday Night & Sunday Morning (Reisz, 1960)
5 Social Realism This Is England (Meadows, 2006)
6 Working Title
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Newell, 1994)
7 British Stars - Ewan McGregor Trainspotting (Boyle, 1996)
8 British Directors - Andrea Arnold Fish Tank (Arnold, 2009)
9 Costume Drama My Cousin Rachel (Michell, 2017)
10 Reflections of Multicultural Britain Somers Town (Meadows, 2008)
11 Independent British Cinema The Selfish Giant (Barnard, 2013)
12 Contemporary British Cinema Skyfall (Mendes, 2012)


How will this course be delivered?

This course is delivered via the method 'distance learning' allowing students to choose when and where to study.


Support for Students
Students will be given access to resources via the College's virtual learning environment. This will include reading materials, links to film clips, lecturer presentations and activities. Learners will be able to access materials for the week's topic from Monday.


What qualifications will I get?

Film Studies is a distance learning course available as three non-accredited 12 week modules.

How do I get a place on the course?

Contact the Enrolment team on 01789 266245 or email: hello@stratford.ac.uk

What else do I need to know?

Students will need to acquire their own copies of films as they are not provided as part of the course material.


Stratford-upon-Avon College

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18:00-19:00 10:00-11:00

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Distance Learning