• Application Deadline
  • 1 month


Weeks 1 and 2 will introduce you to film theory including film criticism, genre, national cinemas, director-centred approaches, identity, socio-politics and related philosophical issues. 

In Weeks 3 and 4, you will have the unique opportunity to apply the knowledge you have already gained to a variety of selected EIFF films and events, beginning with the Opening Night Gala. With your Student Delegate Pass, you will have access to fiction feature films, documentaries, film retrospectives, industry and in-person events, including UK or World premieres at the EIFF. The timetable for this part of the course is packed full of the festival events, screenings and tutorials that change each year and the Film Festival Student Delegate Pass is an exceptional addition to your academic summer experience in Edinburgh.  

After each screening, you will then take part in tutorials where you can apply key concepts in film theory and criticism when discussing the film. You will also have the opportunity to work with local students at the Festival in Week Three, who will be participating in the An Insight into the EIFF course provided by the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Open Learning. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to

  • Understand stylistic and thematic developments in contemporary cinema
  • Be conversant with some major approaches to film criticism, journalism, philosophy and theory
  • Analyse individual films using particular theoretical approaches
  • Produce a film review
  • Write critically about film in an academic tone

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 1 months
  • Credits
    10 ECTS 20 credits alternative credits
    • 20 credits/10 ECTS/4 US
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Week 1 and 2: Introduction to Film Study
  • Week 3 and 4: Attendance at the Edinburgh International Film Festival


    • Martine Pierquin
    • Dr Pasquale Iannone

      English Language Requirements

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      Academic Requirements

      • 2 years of undergraduate study
      • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        2581 GBP/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 2581 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
      • EU/EEA Applies to you

        2581 GBP/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 2581 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
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      This fee includes:

      • Tuition fees for the four-week course
      • Course materials and equipment
      • Academic trips and excursions
      • Social programme 

      Living costs for Edinburgh

      • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
        Living Costs

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