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English Language
Vacation Plus Film

Key information

Start dates:
26 June, 24 July, 21 August 2017
Course length:
4 weeks
Class size range:
15
Tuition:
20 lessons (15 hours) per week

Entry requirements

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

Sample timetable for Vacation Plus Film

Typical timetable for the Vacation Plus Film course

The course

The 4-week Vacation Plus Film course is ideal for students who want to combine their English language studies with an introduction to filmmaking and film theory for a short time period during the summer.

What is included in the price

  • 20 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
  • 2 free social activities per week
  • End-of-course Certificate

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

Course structure, content and outcomes

Students receive 20 lessons (15 hours) of English and filmmaking lessons per week. Topics vary each week, but students receive a brief overview of filmmaking, including pre-production, production, and post-production of a film scene, as well as an introduction to film theory and practice.

Course content includes:

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.

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