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Explore Film Studies in Oxford

Immerse Education’s Film Studies Summer Programme in Oxford offers a captivating and immersive experience for aspiring filmmakers and cinephiles. This exceptional course provides participants with a unique opportunity to delve into the world of cinema within the prestigious academic setting of Oxford. With a carefully crafted curriculum, participants can explore the rich history of film, gain insight into cinematic theory, and hone their practical filmmaking skills.

From in-depth analysis of classic films to hands-on workshops in cinematography and editing, Immerse Education’s Film Studies summer school programme equips participants with a comprehensive understanding of the art and industry of filmmaking. Additionally, the programme’s location in Oxford, with its rich cultural heritage and intellectual atmosphere, further enriches the learning experience, making it an ideal choice for those passionate about the world of cinema.

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Film Studies Programme in Oxford with Immerse

Our programme caters to 16-18 year old secondary / high school participants who are intrigued by the world of film studies and its practical applications. This engaging experience delves into cinematic techniques and their impact on storytelling.

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Film Studies

Delving into the artistry of filmmaking, the annals of cinematic history, and critical film analysis, participants are immersed in the rich tapestry of cinema.
Delving into the artistry of filmmaking, the annals of cinematic history, and critical film analysis, participants are immersed in the rich tapestry of cinema.
2 weeks – July & August 2024Academic InsightsAges 16-18

Why Study Engineering in Oxford with Immerse?

Average Class Size of 7

Maximum class size of 10 participants

1:1 Tutorials

Supportive, challenging and engaging

Undergraduate Level

University-style subjects to inspire your future

World-Class Tutors

Academics from Oxford and Cambridge

Programme Outcomes

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Personal Project: Ignite Your Creativity

Through our programmes, you’ll embark on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery and creativity. Our personalised approach empowers you to design and execute a university style personal project that reflects your passions and interests. This project is your canvas to showcase newfound knowledge, skills, and innovative thinking. Expect to bring your ideas to life and make a meaningful impact.

Our programmes equip you with a diverse skill set that’s applicable across various disciplines and environments. From communication and critical thinking to problem-solving and collaboration, you’ll cultivate skills that are highly sought after in today’s fast-paced world. These skills extend beyond academia and empower you to thrive in any professional or personal setting.

Immerse Education is dedicated to providing an immersive and holistic educational experience. Beyond the structured curriculum, you’ll engage in workshops, seminars, and interactive activities that broaden your horizons. Expect to explore diverse perspectives, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and gain insights that enrich your understanding of the world.

Upon successfully completing your Immerse Education programme, you’ll earn a Certificate of Achievement that validates your dedication and growth. This certificate serves as a testament to your hard work, commitment, and the valuable skills you’ve acquired. It’s a tangible representation of your journey and a noteworthy addition to your academic and professional portfolio.

Enrolling in an Immerse Education programme means becoming a part of a vibrant and supportive community. As well as having personalised support during the programme from your tutor and like-minded indivdiuals, our network of participants, mentors, and experts extends beyond the programme’s duration. You’ll have access to a lifelong learning community that encourages collaboration, idea-sharing, and networking. This community serves as a continuous resource for guidance, inspiration, and growth throughout your educational and career journey.

What Do Our Alumni Say?
Ahmed T. Alumni Academic Insights, Film Studies
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I thought my tutor was very accommodating and helpful, he explained complex topics in easy to digest ways and was very patient with me when I struggled in understanding something.

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Meet some of our Qualified Tutors

An example of the Oxford tutors who have previously worked on our programmes.

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Louis R. Tutor
Louis R

Louis holds a BA in Film Studies from King’s College London and an MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where he studied the effects of awe-inspiring experiences on human generosity.

Our tutors are highly qualified professionals with an educational background from top ranking/Russell Group universities. Each tutor is certified by Immerse, ensuring participants receive the highest level of education. Tutors are at the heart of our programmes and are dedicated to providing guidance, support, and constructive feedback to help participants achieve their academic objectives. Read more about our expert tutors.

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An Experience to Remember

Live and study in a Oxford University College

All participants will be allocated to a college a few weeks before arriving, based on their dates and subject choice. If you would like to stay in the same location as a friend/sibling – please let us know and we will do our best to arrange this, where possible.

Males and females have separate accommodation in every college, and there is wi-fi available throughout.
For more information, please visit this page.

Fine-dine in Formal Hall

Enjoy a ‘traditional ‘Formal Hall’ – a meal that takes place in every college. This candlelit fine dining affair takes place in magical surroundings, so smart attire is highly advised.

Activities

Activities and excursions are run by our team of friendly mentors – whose main job is to maximise your enjoyment. Outside of lessons, we are proud to offer a busy and diverse social programme to help you get the most out of your time in Oxford. This includes activities such as punting on the River Cherwell, zorb football and a murder mystery night in the college.

Day Excursions

There are also two excursions during the programme, one day trip to visit Cambridge and its constituent colleges, as well as an optional day out in London, seeing the city’s most famous landmarks as well as some free time for shopping. Those who choose not to travel to Cambridge are invited to afternoon tea in Oxford.

Guest Speakers from Previous Summers

Career Insights participants will hear from an influential guest speaker from a variety of inspiring backgrounds.

Suzanne Williams QPM (FORMER SENIOR DETECTIVE)
Former senior detective
Suzanne Williams QPM

An experienced hostage negotiator who has worked on some of the highest profile and dangerous hostage situations across the world, including negotiating in war zones.

Jody Bragger (EX MILITARY OFFICER AND CEO OF MIDNIGHT RUNNERS)
Ex military officer and CEO of Midnight Runners
Jody Bragger

An ex-military officer and CEO of Midnight Runners – the world’s largest independent running community, he is also the founder of the Mogadishu Marathon, the country’s first since the outbreak of war.

Sarah Outen (ADVENTURER AND TRAVELLER)
Adventurer and traveller
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A British adventurer who has successfully circumnavigated the globe, overcome huge obstacles and endured extreme conditions in remote environments, often alone for months at a time. 

Our Mentors

All mentors on our programmes are past/current participants at Oxford or Cambridge University. All of our support staff are background-checked and receive training in providing an unforgettable experience for every Immerse participant. Meet some of our previous team:

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Mentor Jem

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Participant Welfare and Safety

Immerse Education is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the leading mark of educational quality for the academic sector.

The safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority, and all staff undergo enhanced background checks and receive thorough safeguarding training before interacting with any participants.

For more information, please visit our Pastoral Information page.

Why Immerse?

Immerse Education offers a lot more than your average summer school provider. Our programmes ignite a lifelong educational journey, nurturing growth with ongoing educational support, while equipping you with essential skill sets for every step of your education pathways.

We cater to all types of learners, offering academic and career programmes with flexible learning options, and offer our award-winning programmes in locations across the globe.

We have the highest educational standards and seek to realise the highest possible outcomes for our participants.

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Non - Residential

No Accommodation
£6195
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  • Total Programme Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Total Teaching and Coaching time: 40 Hours
  • Tuition by an Academic Expert, PhD (typically Oxford, Cambridge or Ivy League)
  • Support from Designated Mentors
  • 1:1 Support
  • Guest Speaker Sessions
  • Max Class Size: 10
  • Completion of a Personal Project to be added to your CV / University Application
  • Personalised evaluation from your tutor
  • Alignment with essential skills for each subject area
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Daily Meals - Dinner (weekdays)
  • Tailored Cultural and Social Activities (weekend excursions not included)
  • Dedicated Support from the Immerse Team

 

Online Research Programme Benefits
  • Total Programme Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Total Teaching Time: 10 Hours
  • Tuition by an Academic Expert, PhD (typically Oxford, Cambridge or Ivy League)
  • Average Class Size: 1:1 Only
  • Completion of a Undergraduate-level research paper
  • Invitation to Present at the Immerse Symposium and win an Award
  • Personalised evaluation from your tutor
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Dedicated Support from the Immerse Online Team
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Classic

Residential
£6995
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  • Total Programme Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Total Teaching and Coaching time: 40 Hours
  • Tuition by an Academic Expert, PhD (typically Oxford, Cambridge or Ivy League)
  • Support from Designated Mentors
  • 1:1 Support
  • Guest Speaker Sessions
  • Max Class Size: 10
  • Completion of a Personal Project to be added to your CV / University Application
  • Personalised evaluation from your tutor
  • Alignment with essential skills for each subject area
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Daily Meals - Breakfast + Dinner
  • 13 Nights at University Accommodation
  • Tailored Cultural and Social Activities
  • Dedicated support from the Immerse Team

 

Online Research Programme Benefits
  • Total Programme Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Total Teaching Time: 10 Hours
  • Tuition by an Academic Expert, PhD (typically Oxford, Cambridge or Ivy League)
  • Average Class Size: 1:1 Only
  • Completion of a Undergraduate-level research paper
  • Invitation to Present at the Immerse Symposium and win an Award
  • Personalised evaluation from your tutor
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Dedicated Support from the Immerse Online Team

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Classic + Online Research Programme

2 Weeks Residential + 10 hours Online
£9016
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  • Total Programme Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Total Teaching and Coaching time: 40 Hours
  • Tuition by an Academic Expert, PhD (typically Oxford, Cambridge or Ivy League)
  • Support from Designated Mentors
  • 1:1 Support
  • Guest Speaker Sessions
  • Max Class Size: 10
  • Completion of a Personal Project to be added to your CV / University Application
  • Personalised evaluation from your tutor
  • Alignment with essential skills for each subject area
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Daily Meals - Breakfast + Dinner
  • 13 Nights at University Accommodation
  • Tailored Cultural and Social Activities
  • Dedicated support from the Immerse Team

Additional Programme Benefits

Online Research Programme Benefits
  • Total Programme Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Total Teaching Time: 10 Hours
  • Tuition by an Academic Expert, PhD (typically Oxford, Cambridge or Ivy League)
  • Average Class Size: 1:1 Only
  • Completion of a Undergraduate-level research paper
  • Invitation to Present at the Immerse Symposium and win an Award
  • Personalised evaluation from your tutor
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Dedicated Support from the Immerse Online Team

Immerse Participants Go On To Top Universities Worldwide

FAQs

Why study Film Studies in Oxford?

Oxford’s cinematic history and film festivals offer a unique setting to study film studies. Engage with filmmakers, attend screenings, and analyze films within a culturally rich environment.

The Film Studies programme is only available in Oxford.

During the Immerse Film Studies programme in Oxford, you will explore a range of topics including film theory, history, and criticism. The curriculum covers the analysis of film genres, directors, and key movements in cinema history. Additionally, you’ll engage in practical workshops on filmmaking techniques, enabling a comprehensive understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of film studies.

Immerse™ Film Studies Sample Modules

To see how the programme is structured, download the Academic Insights timetable here.

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Module 1 - Scene Analysis

On this module, you will write a short scene analysis, learning how to strike a suitable balance between necessary description and precise technical analysis, all in the service of furthering an argument regarding a film experience. We will learn how to use appropriate technical terms regarding camera movement, lighting, and editing techniques, before strengthening this close technical analysis with perspectives from philosophy, psychology, and historical and cultural studies. We finish by discussing effective research techniques and effective formatting of film essays, including the appropriate use of still frames when describing a scene.

From the high-budget Hollywood scripts to the lyrical notes written by the independent filmmakers of the American and British Underground cinemas of the 1960s and 70s, screenplays can take many forms. We examine the purposes and conventions of each, framing our discussions around the concept of contingency – the question of how we can write about events that might not occur in front of the camera the way we imagine them to. We read examples of short screenplays from Scottish filmmaker Margaret Tait and American filmmaker Stan Brakhage. Using the film journal material collected thus far as a springboard, we embark on writing our own short screenplays.

In this first session dedicated to film editing, participants begin arranging the material recorded during their daily film journals into a unified whole. Participants are encouraged to see the editing process as an extension of the filming process, where recorded images can continue to be reimagined and recreated, in order to tease out concealed elements within the images. Through the idea of the palimpsest, we explore how film editing has evolved over the century and what effect present-day editing techniques have in altering the relationship between the reality we record and the final images exhibited.

In this second session dedicated to film editing, participants sharpen their awareness of the rhythms contained in their recorded images. We study concepts by philosopher Henri Bergson and Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and apply them to the editing process of our films. By sensing the rhythms and passing of time more intuitively, and making cuts accordingly, we aim to create more effective films as a result.

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