Exploring Film Genres

Ref: C2420908

We will study examples from different film genres including melodrama, crime and comedy. We will identify generic conventions, and examples which demonstrate how genres change. We will discuss different reactions to the use of genre from critics, audiences and film-makers. The course will provide students with key information about all the extracts shown, and an opportunity to discuss different responses to the films.

Course aim

Using a wide range of extracts, the course will develop understanding of how film genres work. We will explore the extracts in detail and consider different responses from critics, audiences and the filmmakers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course will provide opportunities to discuss any experience the students already have in thinking film genres.

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

  • Identify generic conventions in the selected extracts.
  • Understand key debates about the role of genre in film.
  • Discuss the way film language is used to develop film genres.
  • Understand why film genres change.
  • Understand why some film-makers challenge existing generic conventions.

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 share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • It is useful to simply bring paper and something to write with.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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

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Exploring Film Genres

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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