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Introduction to Film Theory

Introduction to Film Theory

London College of Communication
Taught by
Richard Osborne


This intensive course will give you a thorough introduction to the origins of film theory and their relationship to modernism. By the end of the course you will have a critical understanding of the key ideas of film theory - how to read a film. It is ideal for you if you are thinking of further study in film theory or film making.

Beginning with the Lumiere brothers, the course works through early silent films, German Expressionism, Chaplin and Einstein, surrealism and the avant-garde. You will be taught to examine the influences of modernism on film making and film theory, ending with the French / Spanish avant-garde and their legacies of modernism on film form.During the course you will view some key films in the history of of film making, through a process of lectures, case-studies, film viewings and discussion.

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand the key concepts of film theory, their origins and relationship to modernism
  • Situate the historical debates about the nature of film analysis
  • Apply film theory to contemporary film
  • Use film theory to inform your own film making

Who Should Attend
This course is great for you if you are thinking about further study in film theory or media studies. You will also find it useful if you are a filmmaker and want to inform your own production

Beginner. You do not need any prior experience. You may find it useful to read Film Theory for Beginners, by Richard Osborne and Angie Brew before beginning this course.

Follow On Courses
Once you have completed this course you may be interested in Film School in a Week.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke film theory courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page.

Tutor Description

Richard Osborne is a lecturer in critical theory, art theory, philosophy and film at Camberwell, Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication. Author of ‘Film Theory for Beginners’ (2014) and ‘Philosophy for Beginners’ (1990) and some 25 other works on culture, art, philosophy, Britishness, and theories of the Universe. Richard presently teaches film theory at LCC.

Richard is the author of 'Art Theory for Beginners', a book that is widely used in art colleges.

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