Film theory for teachers

A course for teachers of film in a specialised context to students aged 14 and upwards.

January-April 2014

£990 (home and EU students), £2235 (overseas students)

Who is the course for?

The course is for those teaching film theory to 14+ students or those wishing to enhance their knowledge of film theory.

What level of course is it and how is it accredited?

The course is a Masters Level module, worth 30 credits (or one sixth) of the MA in Culture, Media and Communication at the London University, Institute of Education.

What does it cover?

You’ll focus on one of these topics:

  • Narrative Theory
  • Audience and Spectatorship
  • Semiotics and Representation
  • Genre (Horror)

We’ll set you exercises that enable close reading of key theoretical texts from Film Studies, and help you fully grasp the ideas in them. There’s also a core unit on working with film theory in the classroom, and you’ll write an essay based on your reading.

How long is it?

The course starts on Monday 6 January 2014 and the final coursework submission date is Friday 30 May 2014.

What is distance learning?

It’s a flexible way to learn at your own pace, fitting in around your life and work. It’s particularly good for professional development because everything you learn in this course is relevant to your career.

It’s a mixture of face-to-face teaching, a course book of printed materials and a Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) enabling online group discussions and feedback from your tutor.

To avoid distance learning becoming an isolating and lonely experience, there is a one-day seminar at the beginning of the course on Friday 10 January 2014 and a two-day seminar held on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 February.

How is the course structured and assessed?

Unit 1
At the beginning of the course you’ll choose one of four subject areas to focus on and, working collaboratively with other students, give a group presentation at the face-to-face seminar in March. Assessment is by written assignment based on your group’s presentation.

Unit 2
You can either produce a 1000-word scheme of work plus a 2000-word commentary on one of the theory bundle areas, or a 3000-word essay based on a piece of audience research.

Who tutors the course?

The course is tutored by staff from the Institute of Education and the BFI.

What course materials are provided?

You’ll get a course book with activities, commentaries and course reading extracts, plus a dedicated website.

What can I do when I finish the course?

The module is part of the London University, Institute of Education, MA in Media, Culture and Communication. There are other distance learning modules available as part of the MA. For more information on these and other aspects of the whole MA, visit

How to apply

You can apply using the UKPASS website.

Select ‘Course Search’, then ‘Search for Courses’. Type in ‘Short Course’ in the keyword box. The Institute of Education is on the list that comes up – select ‘apply online’.

If you have any difficulties with your application, contact:

For students interested in short courses, payment is upfront at enrolment, or within 30 days. A discount of 1% is offered if payment is made within 14 days.

For further information or queries please contact the finance department at the Institute of Education on 020 7612 6180 or email


The course fee is £990 for home and EU students and £2235 for overseas students.

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