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London Film Program

FALL SEMESTER IN LONDON

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Delve into and engage with London’s film and media world when you study abroad on this hands-on program which is unlike any other. You’ll explore the technical side of media production as well as theoretical concepts and histories of film and media in this buzzing global city and beyond.

In collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, classes are double taught and kept small, so you’ll have plenty of individual attention. You’ll experience a culturally rich semester abroad accented by of high-level academic expertise and an opportunity to work on your portfolio using the world-class production capabilities of the Derek Jarman Lab, located on-site at the CAPA London Center. You may also choose to participate in an internship or join in on two masterclasses taught by professionals.

The city of London will be your focus as you study, write critical essays, and analyze film history, and it will also act as an extension of your classroom with an emphasis on practical film production that sends you out to explore the city and gather footage. Students will also have access to the British Film Institute (BFI) Reubens Library and attend a film festival at BFI Southbank. Earn 15 credits.

Arrival: September 2, 2020
Departure: December 12, 2020
Program Fee: $18,345
Application Deadline June 4, 2020
All prices, dates, and deadlines are subject to change.

The London Experience

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Experience

Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan London with our My Global City events: tour Camden, the birthplace of Punk culture; taste an authentic curry on Brick Lane; or see a performance at Shakespeare's Globe theater
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live

Live like a Londoner and stay in a shared apartment or opt for a homestay, all within a one-hour commute to the CAPA London Center. Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.
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learn

The required courses include City Symphony, Urban Scavenging, City Made Strange, Political Media, and the choice of either the two-part Master Class or the Global Internship Course and job placement. 
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intern

Choose an optional internship directly connected to film and media where you'll acquire real-world professional skills. This is a great way to enhance your resume! Learn More

CAPA London Program Inclusions

 

CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!

Courses & Credit

Earn 15 credits with four required courses plus an optional internship and accompanying Global Internship Course or two Masterclasses. 

Housing

You can opt to live in a shared apartment or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA center.

Local Transit Pass

A Zone 1-2 London Underground pass is included for use on the Tube (subway) and buses for students living in apartments. Zones 1-3 is included for students in homestays.

Excursions & Activities

Enjoy a half-day coach tour of London, a full-day excursion to Stonehenge and Bath, plus choose one from: full-day excursion to Oxford, Brighton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Kenilworth Castle, or Salisbury and Glastonbury. Social events include an arrival tea, midterm dinner, and a farewell ceremony. 

Intern & Volunteer

Participate in an internship opportunity, earn credit, and gain valuable skills. Note: Students interning in London require a visa.

My Global City

These events always include a walking tour of the iconic South Bank on your first weekend; taking a riverboat tour to Greenwich; touring multicultural Brixton, A Beatles and Abbey Road Magical Mystery Walking Tour, and feasting on a multi-course curry dinner in Brick Lane. Other activities reflect what is on in the city at the time.

Comprehensive, 24/7 Support

CAPA provides comprehensive support services for students to utilize during their time in London. The team is available throughout the duration of the program to assist and support students 24/7 with any emergency situations. Students will also have access to the Guardian study abroad safety app which includes emergency assistance and other support resources.

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Insurance

As a student on our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

Safety, Health & Wellness 

CAPA is committed to the health and wellness of our students while they are studying abroad in London. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure a safe and productive learning experience, and provide a variety of health and wellness tools and resources.

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Fall Courses

 

The London Film Program consists of four courses plus the option of either the Master Class or an internship placement and course. Courses consist of seminars, weekly screenings, and practical film production.

City Symphony: Experimental Cinema  

This course will encourage students to theorize and document their own experiences as visitors to London and, while rooted in the historical context of the early 20th century, use the genre of the city symphony as a prism through which to examine several key features of early cinema, from sound/silence to montage and visual language.

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Diversity in British Cinema: Race, Gender, and Class  

This intensive and comprehensive course will allow students to take an innovative approach that sees race, gender and class in close dialogue with the underlying cultural phenomena that shape the British cinematic landscape. The course is designed to introduce students to British cinema whilst engaging in theory, practice and analysis. It intertwines historical accounts with film screenings and lectures as well as discussions with filmmakers and curators.

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Global Internship Course: London (3 credits)  

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills, learn to contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally, and employ the use of Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.

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Masterclasses: Written in Disappearing Ink: Writing for the Screen(s) & Race, Class, and Gender in Film  

This course consists of two short seminar courses combined for a total of three credits. The class ‘Written in Disappearing Ink: Writing for the Screen(s)’ will cover the script building process itself from concept to story construction, outline and drafts, rewriting and the kind of ‘rewriting’ that is entailed by the production and post-production processes themselves. The second class revolves around representations of race, class and gender as depicted in three woman inflected films, all directed by women and made in very different contexts: the United States (1991), Iran (2002), and the UK (2010).

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The City Made Strange: London on Screen in Horror and Science Fiction Cinema  

This course will examine science fiction, horror, and noir/neogothic cinema and television from all eras, with emphasis on works that give London a major role in their story. Students will analyze such examples as disaster or alien invasion films that see the city as a site of devastation, horror films which render a familiar city frightening and strange, or noir explorations of London’s underbelly.

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Urban Scavenger  

This course will explore the camera as a tool for the excavation of ordinary things scattered in the urban spaces of a modern metropolis. Students will develop an understanding of a theoretical framework; gain a related practical skillset; take their camera out into the city of London for hands-on exercises; and participate in readings, screenings, and course discussions that will facilitate their ability to experience the city with a critical and documentary approach.

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