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?

Through a study of the Gangster genre and the Horror genre you will study the ways that genre films apply specific conventions to comment on social and cultural factors. You will explore the development of the selected genres over time to consider the ways that they have developed.

1 Genre theories - functional and descriptive approaches Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944)
2 Genres and the studio system The Wizard of Oz (Fleming, 1939)
3 The Gangster genre in the 1930s The Public Enemy (Wellman, 1931)
New wave Gangsters
Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967
5 Gangster stars - Al Pacino Scarface (De Palma, 1983)
6 Gangster directors - Martin Scorsese Goodfellas (Scorsese, 1990)
7 The British Gangster film - from Brighton Rock to Legend. Get Carter (Hodges, 1971)
8 The vampire genre - from Dracula to Let the Right One In Let the Right One In (Alfredson, 2008)
9 Slasher horror Scream (Craven, 1996)
10 Cult Horror The Exorcist (Friedkin, 1973)
11 British Horror The Woman In Black (Watkins, 2012)
12 Horror remakes The Evil Dead (Alvarez, 2013)


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.


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