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Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Short Course

Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Short Course

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Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival at The University of Edinburgh introduced students to central concepts of film study and includes exclusive access to the Edinburgh International Film Festival.


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

In Weeks Two and Three, you will have the unique opportunity to apply the knowledge you have aleady gained to to a variety of selected festival films and events, beginning with the Opening Night Gala. With your Student Delegate Pass, you will have access to iction feature films, documentaries, film retrospectives, industry and In Person events, including UK or World premieres at the EIFF.

After each screening, you will take part in tutorials where you can apply key concepts in film theory and criticism when discussing the film.

During the Film Studies and the Edinburgh International Film Festival course offered at The University of Edinburgh 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.

Writing workshops throughout the course will give you the opportunity to develop your film criticism and journalism.

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

Programme Structure

  • Week 1 and 2: Introduction to Film Study

The first week of the course will introduce students to formal and theoretical concepts useful for the study of film, including narrative, genre and editing. We will carry out in-depth analyses of films by some of the major figures of world cinema such as Jean-Luc Godard, Terrence Malick and Federico Fellini as well as new work by exciting contemporary talents such as Ana Lily Amirpour.

  • Week 3 and 4: Attendance at the Edinburgh International Film Festival
Film Studies Summer School students will join local students on the Open Studies course 'An Insight into the Edinburgh International Film Festival' which is offered in partnership with EIFF. All participants will receive a Student Delegate Pass and will attend a variety of film premieres and special events including the Opening Night film and party. 


    • Martine Pierquin
    • Dr Pasquale Iannone

      English Language Requirements

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      • Minimum required score:


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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

        2372 GBP/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 2372 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
      • EU/EEA Applies to you

        2372 GBP/full
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 2372 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
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      Living costs for Edinburgh

      • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
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