Exploring Film Classics

Ref: C2420910

We will explore a wide range of films from classic Hollywood to critically acclaimed world cinema. This course will introduce students to an in-depth study of selected extracts, focussing on film as an art, the context in which the films were made, and diverse responses from audiences and critics. We will discuss why these films have achieved classic status, and share ideas about what the films represent.

Course aim

We will explore a wide range of film extracts from classic Hollywood to critically acclaimed world cinema.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and students with previous experience of film studies.

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

  • Identify key elements of film style in the extracts shown.
  • Relate the film extracts shown to relevant historical and cultural contexts.
  • Describe in greater detail the response of audiences and critics to the films shown.
  • Relate the film extracts to relevant concepts from film theory such as genre and the role of the director.
  • Discuss different interpretations of what the chosen extracts represent.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It is useful to bring pen and paper.

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 Classics

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority. You must be a resident of Greater London in order to attend this course. Click here to learn more about government funding changes. If you don't know whether you are a resident of Greater London, you can check your postcode here:

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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