Studying Film – (I) Form, Aesthetics and Technology

Ref: C3676706

This course will introduce and examine different aspects of film form and aesthetics and explore how developing technologies have interacted with these throughout the history of cinema. Using a wide range of film extracts, old and new, we will explore some of the many different approaches taken by filmmakers to film form and aesthetics, and we will look at how technological constraints and innovations might have influenced them, as well as their work. Teaching will be extract based, but students will be given option to view whole set films in their own time, to aid learning and understanding, and to increase their enjoyment of the course.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to explore notions of form and aesthetics in relation to the cinema and to assess how different technological developments have impacted on the form films take.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No skills or prior experience are needed. This course is intended for beginners who have an interest in or passion for film and cinema and who want to explore or develop this further in a supportive environment.

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

  • identify and examine the main elements of film form
  • assess and discuss key aesthetic components of a range of films
  • understand and describe the basic technological developments of cinema
  • understand and assess how technology has impacted on filmmakers or on the form or aesthetics of particular films
  • discuss more confidently the aesthetic or technical aspects of film

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
  • We will not have time to watch entire films within the class. So it will be an advantage if you have the means and time to watch films referenced in classes at home and it may aid your learning and understanding.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Studying Film – (I) Form, Aesthetics and Technology

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  • 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
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