15 August 2019
What makes a British film? What is the magic ingredient that transforms it to the level of world cinema? Films perennially in the top 10, like Brief Encounter, filmmakers such as Powell and Pressburger and Alfred Hitchcock, Ealing comedies, Romcoms like Four Weddings and a Funeral, British Documentaries, the Monty Python films, the Harry Potter & James Bond series, Slumdog Millionaire, Shaun of the Dead, This is England, Fish Tank, The King’s Speech, Twelve Years A Slave, Baby Driver, God’s Own Country, Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049, Paddington, 3 Billboards outside Ebbing, The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Very English Scandal, have attracted awards and international attention. They have made British actors, writers and directors and special effects studios, bankable and Hollywood ‘must haves’. We will explore behind the scenes, and you will do presentations on, acting, soundtrack, cinematography, and editing. You will write your own movie critiques, learn to pitch an idea, write a page of screenplay, attend Industry-led Master Classes. These elements will become part of your unique record of your ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ experience at Sussex.
The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.
The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 7.5 ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.
GBP 2015: Tuition (one four week session) + module field trip only.
GBP 4015: Tuition only (both four week ISS sessions) + British Film Module field trip.