About the Course
Cinema is arguably the most important and influential cultural phenomenon of the last 120 years. It is not just entertainment but a reflection on the myriad diverse wonders of story-telling, social observation and comment in a world that has been transformed by a swathe of new technologies in the last century and more. How and why has film become so important over a relatively short period? Is it because it is both a passive and an immersive medium – occupying multiple senses over an extended time for billions of us, providing time capsules of escape from the realities of real life? If not escape then, an opportunity for action, for reflection, for inspiration, for change? Or is the extraordinary success of the moving image more to do with our love of stories and how we are able to absorb them. It is stories that help us make sense of who we are and where we fit in the world and film in all its forms and manifestations has become the default conduit for narrative in the modern world.
For anyone who is curious and passionate about cinema, this course will provide a foundation for ongoing interpretation and critical analysis and a route map to explore the endless range and influences that film has brought to bear as a truly global art-form. In many ways we are naturally students of film culture because we all have opinions about what is good and bad in film. We know what we like and don’t like and why and we have an awareness of cinematic conventions that is a result of film being a constant and ubiquitous presence in our daily lives. Film culture is a vast subject and this course is intended to offer a way into understanding the subject through the culture of film. By this we mean its role and influence across borders and to us directly as individuals. Film is both a way of seeing and a way of showing. Over its brief history the perspectives of our understanding and how we view the world, the issues and ways of watching have changed radically through its evolution which is ongoing.
The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity offering arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community.
All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film.
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