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Approaches to Cinema History

The aim of our Approaches to Cinema History short course is to introduce you to the study of the history of cinema, covering the period from 1890 to 1950 and focusing on the key insights of applying historical methods to the study of film.

We will approach the history of cinema from a number of different angles:

  • Technological developments and their impact on the art and business of cinema
  • Economic analysis of the evolution of the film industry
  • The changing roles and working practices of the different people who contribute to the filmmaking community
  • The diversity of film forms and cinema’s relationship to popular culture and to the arts in general
  • The range of film audiences and their experiences of spectatorship
  • Critical debates and the broad cultural reception of cinema in society

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

30 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Mon 05-Oct-20 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code FFME020S5ACD