An Introduction to Film Studies

12 modules


Course Length
4 hours

ORA Prep



Course Synopsis

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 students 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 students 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 students to write their own film review by the end of the course.

What's Included?

This courses consists of 4 X interactive lectures - audio recordings with accompanying presentation material - each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. This courses is available to start instantly online – once you've chosen the course you want to take, you can get started straight away.

How Does it Work?

The course is broken down into tutorials, which is an interactive presentation accompanied by an audio lecture that takes around 1 hour to complete. Each tutorial is broken down into its major topics, chapters, which are navigated via tabs at the top of the screen. This ensures that course content is broken down into bitesized educational units that are easy to digest, and also means that content is easily navigable at the pace of the student.

Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying film, media, communications, or related subjects at university.



  • To appreciate the origins of man's desire to make films
  • To understand the key eras that have come and gone throughout the history of film
  • To appreciate cultural differences in attitudes to film and cinema


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate ORA Prep Certificate

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Tutorial 1: The Beginnings of Film
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Tutorial 2: 1970s to the Present
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Tutorial 3: World Cinema and Transnational Cinema
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Tutorial 4: Writing Film Reviews
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Added 17 days ago, by Sean
This course is well prepared for Uni and any other academic institutes!
Added 4 months ago, by Krisztina
This course was great. This was the first course I had taken at Oxford Royale Academy, but not hte last one.
Added 5 months ago, by Anonymous
A good course. You get an insight on the history of cinema, and how it evolved throughout the years, writing film reviews and more stuff.
Added 5 months ago, by Anonymous
Very well organized and engaging
Added 8 months ago, by Susana
Added over 3 years ago, by Anonymous
Good course
Added over 3 years ago, by Anonymous
Fun course, numerous amounts of facts, and a great way to start for a film degree
Added over 3 years ago, by Severijn
Clear lay out, good chronology

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