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?

An introduction to textual analysis of film through study of technical aspects, genre and narrative. You will study the ways that plots are constructed to manipulate an audience response and explore the visual and auditory technical cues that filmmakers use to create meaning for the viewer.

1 The language of film Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)
2 Mise-en-scene La La Land (Chazelle, 2016)
3 Performance and Stars One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Forman, 1975)
4 Cinematography - Camerawork Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
5 Cinematography - Colour and Lighting Carol (Haynes, 2015)
6 Sound Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
7 Editing - Development Requiem for a Dream (Aronofsky, 2000)
8 Editing Techniques Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)
9 Narrative Film - Story and Plot Manchester By the Sea (Lonergan, 2016)
10 Narrative Film - Character Development Boyhood (Linklater, 2014)
11 Elements of Film Genre Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)
12 Genre - Comedy Analysis Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959)


How will this course be delivered?

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

Learners can work at their own pace but there will be an option to join forum discussions on Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.00pm and Saturdays 10.00 - 11.00am. 

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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