About this course
Film and history are closely linked, with roots going back to the earliest days of cinema. We offer this exciting and challenging joint course for movie lovers and history buffs. You'll study the history of film from a variety of perspectives: as popular art, big business and as a cultural record.
You'll study familiar classics alongside contemporary cinema. Genres you'll explore include:
You'll deepen your understanding and enjoyment of film, and develop your critical thinking as part of a lively community.
History modules will cover the development of historical debates and imagining the past. Topics range from ancient societies to the war on terror.
Our Framing the Past module looks at cinema's relationship with history. You'll study films about the distant past of Greece, Rome or Egypt. You'll also study works from more recent times, such as heritage films about the British Empire or the Titanic.
As part of this course you can:
study film noir, animation, horror and sci-fi
explore British, European and world cinema
discover early film through archive visits
access document collections, including the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers
use one of the largest Jewish document centres in Europe, the Parkes Archive
submit your own film to our annual student film festival
We offer a 4-week summer school at Dongguk University in Seoul. This includes film and cultural orientation courses.
This course is based at Avenue, Southampton.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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