Lancaster, United Kingdom


when 10 July 2023 - 28 July 2023
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 3355

You will have a combination of lectures, screenings, and workshops to help you develop the theoretical knowledge that you will need to put into practice when working on the project in week three. The lectures provide you with an understanding of the formal and technical composition of films to allow you to undertake detailed analysis, from the level of scrutiny of individual images, and their interrelation with the soundtrack, through to the narrative assembly of shots and scenes. Through the analysis of a range of examples, you will become familiar with the key formal and semantic conventions of cinema.

The practical workshops develop your skills to work with cameras and digital film equipment as well as developing post-production and editing skills. Every student is given the chance to write a short script following guidelines. Working in a group, students will select a script to pitch and produce. Students in a group all share the same mark for the completed film. In addition, you will write an essay to critically reflect on and analyse the production process, the formal and aesthetic decisions made and reflect on the completed film.

Week 1

- Lecture: Cinematography and the shot, and mise-en-scène, plus a film screening
- Seminar: Discussing the topic and the film
- Scriptwriting workshop
- Practical camera and sound workshop
- Post-production workshops

Week 2

- Lecture: Editing and film sound, plus a film screening
- Seminar: Discussing the topic and the film
- Lecture: Pre-production to production
- Practical camera and sound workshop
- Post-production workshops
- Pitching session and informative feedback on each project

Week 3

- One-to-one group meeting to finalise the plan for the film project
- Production and post-production of project
- Presentation of the completed work

Intercultural and social experience

Throughout the three weeks, you will be accompanied by Lancaster Student Ambassadors who will help you settle into Lancaster, showing you around campus, and answering your questions. They will also lead evening social activities and weekend trips, giving you plenty of chances to make new international friends.

A two-night trip to London is also included in the programme.

For more details about Lancaster’s Global Summer Schools, including information on each programme, how to apply, entry requirements, etc. please visit our webpage.

Course leader

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

Target group

To participate in one of our summer schools, you must meet the following criteria:

- Be at least 18 years old at the start of the programme.
- Where applicable, meet pre-requisites for the chosen programme. See the programme package for more details.
- Be in good academic standing and on track to pass year 1 of studies.
- If you come from a country where English is not an official language, you will need to provide proof of your language ability.

Course aim

You will develop an understanding of the formal and technical composition of films and the wider conventions of cinema. You will also learn to analyse films, develop short scripts, work with cameras, and edit.

Credits info

7.5 EC
Students who complete this course are awarded 15 LU / 4 US / 7.5 ECTS credits.

Fee info

GBP 3355: This fee includes:

- Tuition
- Catered ensuite single room on campus, or an approved off campus room
- Most meals
- Range of evening activities
- Two-night trip to London

Meals are not provided when away from campus during scheduled overnight trips, e.g. London. The accommodation facilities will vary if you stay away from Lancaster University as part of the scheduled programme.


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