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Approaches to Cinema History


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Our Approaches to Cinema History short course introduces 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

Assessment is via two essays: one of 2000-2500 words (40%) and one of 3000-3500 words (60%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

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.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. 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 register 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.