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London and Film

Key information

Subject area:

Pre-University & Undergraduate Summer Programmes

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2 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 01 July 2024 To: 12 July 2024
Application deadline: 10 May 2024

Course overview

This module is intended to introduce students to some significant debates within British film studies through a focus on two specific approaches to British film-making and the representation of London on film. Major themes may include London’s role in the British film industry; London’s relationship to Hollywood; London as a filmmaking location; representations of British (and London) history on screen; British cinema and genre; London as an imperial/global media metropolis. The module will draw on both historical critical material and current film studies writing to provide an overview of the evolution of discussions within film studies around British cinema and the representation of London and its history, landmarks, and people. The wider concerns of theoretical writing about both London and its place within the Empire, and about the city within film as a symbol of modernity will form a persistent element of the module.


One session (2 weeks): £2,400 

Two sessions (4 weeks): £4,800 £4,395*

*Fee valid for applications for two sessions received by 10 May 2024. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts or promotions. Subject to availability at the time of application.

What does this course cover?

By the end of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a Level 4 module and in particular will be able to demonstrate the following subject specific skills:


  • a firm grasp of British film history up to the present day, both in terms of production cycles and contexts and in terms of relevant critical debates and movements.
  • a clear understanding of the range of cultural material circulating in British culture and the ways in which these feed into the representation of the nation, and particularly of London on the screen.
  • the ability to do independent research using key London-based resources such as the BFI Southbank and Mediatheque, as well as a range of museums, galleries and libraries.
  • a clear grasp of the theoretical issues around the representation of the city and the relationship between screen images and images in other media, both official and unofficial.

Who is this for?

The King's College London Undergraduate Summer School is open to students who are currently, or have been, enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme. We also welcome applications from professionals who have substantial relevant experience in their chosen subject area.

You should ensure that you are eligible to apply before you submit your application by checking our academic and English language entry criteria.

How will I be assessed?

Essay (90%), Presentation (10%)


What is the teaching schedule?

Taught on-campus 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday

Course status:


Full fee £2400

Application Fee £60

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