Film Studies: Iconic Films Revisited

Ref: C3671324

Often quoted, referenced or even spoofed, there are some films we feel we are all supposed to have seen - why? From Screen Classics and Award Winners to Art-House and Cult - do all these 'iconic films' really deserve their reputation? We examine why some continue to grow into justified 'cultural corner stones' whilst others will perhaps never be greater than the sum of their parts. But for a few key references, are some once iconic movies already now fading from memory? What does it take to be a truly iconic film and what do we really understand by the term in the first place? Still captivated by Casablanca? Never seen Star Wars? Don't worry - this course will prove that you're not alone.

Course aim

This course allows students to explore the varying cinematic works all of which may be considered as 'iconic' - increasing their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film in general.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding of what constitutes an iconic film.
  • Gain the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to be able to analyse, comment on and/or review an iconic film.
  • Be able to draw from one's own knowledge and experience in expressing informed opinions when commenting on an iconic film.
  • Gain a confidence in discussing the subject area and in particular any aspects of 'iconic film' which one finds important
  • Develop a motivation & enthusiasm for 'iconic films', cinema in general and issues rising from it.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A pen and note book would prove usefull.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre-reading/viewing is required but the tutor will produce a 'screening list' and running order prior to the course start - available on request.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Could help to ground the participant with skills & knowledge relevant to employment/F.E/H.E education application. Please ask tutor about Certificate of Completetion/Attendance.

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Film Studies: Iconic Films Revisited Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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