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History Of Film – Online

If youre a film buff, always been interested in films or just wonder how this wonderful film art came to be, then this is the perfect course for you. This course is intended for all students regardless of their knowledge. The course will set you on a journey of film history like you have never known before. We will give an overview of key points in film history and learn more about film pioneers and other key figures who contributed to the film development. This course is sectioned in three parts and each part will be run in a separate term. Hence, feel free to join all terms or any term which sparks your interest in particular. In the first term we shall cover film beginnings, film pioneers and early film key figures as well as early film equipment, film tricks, first studios and transition from silent to sound films as well as from black-and-white to colour films. In the second term we shall explore the film after WWII up until the 1970s. In the third semester we shall explore the films up until nowadays.

This course is ideal for curious people wanting to learn more about their favourite art of entertainment.

Classes will involve some self-study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle. The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

This course is appropriate for anyone interested in film history regardless of their previous knowledge. All levels are welcome. We will be working in a friendly atmosphere and cover everything from the beginnings of film, film pioneers, film tricks (special effects), outstanding film artists, studios, film genres and everything there is to know about film as an art form.

What does this course cover

It covers early beginnings of film, experimenting, film as novelty, film pioneers, development of film genres and editing - especially changes and progress in editing, technical equipment, film artists etc. By the end of the course, the students will: able to list the names of the main film pioneers and their contributions to film
2.know what an early film looked like
3.know about the development of special effects and techniques used in films (from early films till today)
4.understand editing process and history studio development
5.know about the sound and colour
6.understand genre development, cult movies, their notable creators and stars.

What will it be like

The course will be a mix of interactive PowerPoint lecturing, incorporating short video extracts and visual (art) material as well as a range of student activities. These include analysing and reflecting on sources, pair and group work, analysis of provided material and participating in group discussion. We will learn about the film pioneer, film progress and film history while watching clips of films, YouTube videos and other audio-visual material. Teaching methods include visual demonstration with verbal explanation as well as written handouts and group discussions. The learning methods include hands-on practical activities, reading handouts and participating in group discussions.

The progress will be assessed via displayed understanding of the lectured topic, via successful completion of interactive exercises, via participation in group discussions and finally through recognising audio-visual material.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

Students may want to bring a pen and a notebook to make notes. However, there will plenty of handouts and worksheets distributed during the class. Most of the course will be very visual and hands-on and full of interactive exercises.

What this course could lead to

The course could lead to a course on Screenwriting or a course on Creating Own Film.

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’