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English Plus Film

Key information

Start dates:
12-week course: 25 September 2017, 2 January, 2 April, 24 September 2018.
4 week course: 25 June, 23 July, 20 August 2018
Course length:
12 weeks, or 4 weeks (in summer only)
Class size range:
15
Tuition:
28 lessons (21 hours) per week

Entry requirements

English:
Kings Level 4 (Lower Intermediate)
Minimum age:
16

Sample timetable for English Plus Film (12-week course)

Typical timetable for English Plus Film 12-week course

Sample timetable for English Plus Film (4-week course)

Typical timetable for English Plus Film 4-week course

English Plus Film trailer

Go to the English Plus Film channel on YouTube to view videos produced by our students.

The course

This course is ideal for students who want to combine intensive English language studies with an introduction to filmmaking and film theory, either as a 4-week course during summer, or as a more practical 12-week program available year-round.

In addition to film studies, students develop their language skills and knowledge through a Special Interest Group. On the 12-week program students will also attend acting workshops taught by working actors as well as enjoy visits to iconic film locations, studios and other industry-related venues.

All this right in the heart of Hollywood — the film capital of the world.

Included in the price

  • 28 lessons per week
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly progress tests and regular homework
  • Course materials
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre and film production equipment
  • Access to ClassMate online learning
  • Wifi in College
  • Two free social activities per week
  • End-of-course certificate

The 12-week course also includes:

  • Visits to iconic film locations, studios and other industry-related venues
  • Acting workshops
  • 'Red carpet' screening of student films with special awards ceremony

School facilities

English Plus Film students have access to the following at Kings Los Angeles:

  • Classroom equipped with an interactive projector or smart television for interactive learning experience
  • Computer Lab supplied with 15 iMac desktop computers
  • iMac desktops with user-friendly script-writing program software installed 
  • Production equipment including prosumer DSLR camera, sliders and dollies, lighting tools, microphones, tripods 
  • Post-production: professional, up-to-date film editing software

General school facilities include:

  • Well-equipped, spacious classrooms with interactive whiteboards
  • Student common room with TV and video
  • Light and spacious reception area
  • Huge variety of local cafes and food outlets in the area
  • BBQ and outdoor dining areas
  • Free wireless internet

From Kings Life

English Plus Film student Luiza

Luiza from Brazil completed the English Plus Film course this summer at Kings Los Angeles. She gives us an insight into the course, and shares her highlights.

Read the full blog post

Course structure, content and outcomes

The 12-week course consists of 28 lessons per week: 20 English language lessons (15 hours) focused on filmmaking and film theory plus 8 Special Interest Group lessons (6 hours) dedicated to hands-on, technical filmmaking practice. This Special Interest Group is an option that is only available to film students.

Topics vary each week, but students receive in-depth instruction of pre-production, production, and post-production through lecture, interactive communicative activities, and hands-on participation. Groupwork is an essential element of this course so attendance is critical to students' success.

Students on the 4-week course have 28 lessons (21 hours) per week: 20 lessons (15 hours) of filmmaking and film theory plus 8 lessons (6 hours) of Special Interest Groups that develop their language skills and knowledge.

The film studies element of the courses covers the following:

1. Contemporary Filmmaking: the history of Hollywood; the business of making films, from blockbusters to independent film
2. Storytelling in Scenes: story structure, concept development, visual storytelling methods
3. Acting Basics: techniques for role preparation, working within a frame, playing according to shot size 
4. Production: filming techniques, cinematic framing, lighting and sound
5. Post Production: video editing techniques and practice, types of software

Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have gained the following skills:

Listening: the ability to understand films without the aid of subtitles, discussions in class on film theory and practice, and specific directions during original film production, including technical and specific vocabulary related to film-making.

Reading: comprehension of daily news stories about the entertainment industry, and clear interpretation of scripts for production needs.

Speaking: the ability to express creative ideas to other students; to engage in preproduction planning; to coordinate production of a group short film; to direct actors and camera on set; to negotiate edits postproduction; and to promote film screenings.

Writing: an understanding of how to write a short script that expresses an unfolding narrative, including dialogue between characters, description of settings, use of screenplay format, and production documents addressing the needs of the story line. Language Range: the ability to express themselves creatively using a variety of film-specific vocabulary to explain instructions; clarify ideas; and develop characters, setting, and story line.

Language Range: the ability to express themselves creatively using a variety of film-specific vocabulary to explain instructions; clarify ideas; and develop characters, setting, and story line.

Language Accuracy: the capability to consistently maintain a high degree of grammatical control in speaking and writing.

Assessment

Assessment is based on weekly assignments, group participation and tests; as well as film projects on the 12-week course.

Transfer agreements

Kings Los Angeles offers transfer agreements with the New York Film Academy and the Musicians Institute, Los Angeles.

New York Film Academy
Musicians Institute, Los Angeles