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An Introduction to Film Studies: On-Demand Online Course

Join our online Film Studies course with Oxford Royale Academy and give your CV a boost.


Interested in taking your love of film and cinema to the next level? Join our online Film Studies course and appreciate the beauty of film. Delve into the history of film making and discover how the movies of today have evolved. You’ll learn methods to analyse film resulting in the opportunity for you to write your own journalistic film review. This online course is ideal preparation if you are considering embarking on studies of film, media, communications, or related subjects.

Join our online Film Studies course with Oxford Royale Academy and give your CV a boost.

An Introduction to Film Studies

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Course Summary

Film and cinema are ubiquitous elements of modern life. Yet the technologically advanced movies that we enjoy today have taken years to evolve, going back even to hand-shadow plays performed centuries ago, and it is only through understanding the roots of modern cinema and man’s desire for moving pictures that we can appreciate the beauty of film today.

This course is designed to guide you through the evolution of film and cinema from its ancient origins in hand shadows all the way through to modern-day blockbusters. It also introduces you to the special phrases and terms used by those within the film industry and teaches methods for critically analysing a piece of cinema, with a view to enabling you to write your own film review by the end of the course.

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Topics Covered

During the course you will…

  • Appreciate the origins of man’s desire to make films
  • Understand the key eras that have come and gone throughout the history of film
  • Appreciate cultural differences in attitudes to film and cinema

By the end of the course you will be able to…

  • Understand the major stages of evolution in the history of film and cinema
  • Write your own journalistic film review using the skills acquired

What’s Included?

  • Interactive Tutorials
  • Online quizzes and exams
  • Access to the course discussion forum
  • Course worksheets and case studies
  • ORA Certificate of completion



Tutorial 1: The Beginnings of Film (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial takes you through the first part of the history of film, looking at film’s development from moving images and hand shadows right through to the French New Wave movement of the 1960s. Along this historical journey, you will also encounter the origins of cinema with the invention of the movie camera and the arrival of the classic Golden Hollywood era.

Tutorial 2: 1970s to the Present Day (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial picks up where the previous tutorial left off. It begins in the post-classic Hollywood era with the rise of American independent film-making before moving on to discuss the impact of the blockbuster and the availability of videotapes and DVDs. The tutorial ends with a consideration of more recent technological advances in HD and 3D effects.

Tutorial 3: World and Transnational Cinema (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial explores two different, but related, forms of cinema. World Cinema explores how films differ from country to country, whereas Transnational Cinema investigates what factors enable these differences to cross national borders. However, the two concepts are often handed somewhat nebulous definitions, so this tutorial will attempt to provide you with a definitive understanding of what both World Cinema and Transnational Cinema entail.

Tutorial 4:Writing Film Reviews (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial looks more closely at film criticism and journalism. It considers two very different styles of film review in an attempt to give students an understanding of what constitutes good cinematic critique. It ends by offering useful practical advice as to how to get film reviews published.

Key Details

Course Pre-requisites

Advanced/fluent level of English
Enthusiasm for Film and Media

Course Level

For students applying/thinking of applying to university to study Film or Media



Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.




4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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