This course is perfect for students who want to combine English language with an introduction to filmmaking and film theory.
In addition to learning practical filmmaking skills, students develop their language skills and knowledge through a dedicated Special Interest Group exploring the Hollywood film and TV industries.
12 week course: 6 January, 6 April, 28 September 2020
4 week course: 29 June, 27 July, 24 August 2020
Lower Intermediate (Kings Level 4)
4 or 12 weeks
Lessons per week:
28 lessons per week total (21 hours). 20 lessons (15 hours) English and Filmmaking + 8 lessons (6 hours) Cinema, TV and Popular Culture
Included in the price:
28 lessons per week (21 hours)
Welcome Information Pack
Visits to iconic film locations, studios and industry-related venues
Red carpet screening with special awards ceremony (12 week course only)
Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
Use of Computer Learning Center and film production equipment
Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
Free Wi-fi at school
Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
Optional weekly lecture programme
End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)
"Since the first day, I was immersed into the Hollywood world and its secrets. All students were there either because they wanted to discover if they liked the film industry or because they were already in it and there is nothing better than learning English doing the thing you love!"
Section 2: Course structure and content
20 lessons (15 hours) per week of English and Filmmaking
8 lessons (6 hours) per week Cinema, TV and Popular Culture SIG (Special Interest Group)
Topics vary each week, but students receive in-depth instruction of pre-production, production, and post-production through lectures, interactive communicative activities, and hands-on participation.
Group work is an essential element of this course, so attendance is critical to students’ success.
English and filmmaking lessons
Lessons will cover the following:
Screenwriting: story structure, concept development, visual storytelling methods, script formatting
Acting basics: techniques for role preparation, working within a frame, playing according to shot size, expression through body and language
Production: filming techniques, cinematic framing, lighting and sound
Post-production: video editing techniques and practice, color correction, sound editing
Contemporary filmmaking: the history of Hollywood — the business of making films, from blockbusters to independent film
Production of a short film and preparation for a film screening event (12 week course only)
Cinema, TV and popular culture lessons
In the cinema, TV and popular culture lessons, students can expect to cover areas such as:
Media theory: scene analysis, themes and concepts
Group discussion: classic and contemporary films, TV shows and plays
Los Angeles culture, history, and significance in the film industry
Pop and celebrity culture, and references in the media
Acting, role-play and improv practice
Writing short scripts or skits
Assessment is based on weekly assignments, group participation, tests.
There is also a short film project for students taking the 12-week course.
English Plus Film students have access to the following at Kings Los Angeles:
Classrooms are equipped with an interactive projector or smart television for interactive learning experience
iMac desktops with user-friendly scriptwriting program software installed
Production equipment including prosumer DSLR camera, sliders and dollies, lighting tools, microphones, tripods
Professional, up-to-date film editing software
Kings LA offers transfer agreements with the New York Film Academy and the Musicians’ Institute.