courses

The Derek Jarman Lab offers an array of training and support for researchers and students who would like to include filmmaking as part of their practice. At the core of our teaching is our short course ‘Audio-Visual Practice as Research’, which covers basic technical filmmaking competencies as well as some conceptual approaches to incorporating film into academic practice.  

Audio-Visual Practice as Research (online) 

Open to all

Length: 30 hours

Upcoming course dates:

Autumn Term 2020

Launch date: 23 October 2020

This intensive online short course teaches attendees how to make effective use of moving images in the context of their academic research. It begins with a pre-recorded video lecture that surveys the types of filmmaking that lend themselves to a research-led approach (documentary, video essay, video art, ethnographic film, and digital anthropology). We then move on to Zoom sessions for a series of practical exercises in conceptualising, writing treatments, filming and editing digital footage. For the online version of this course, there will be an emphasis on using archival material and widely available digital equipment, such as smartphones (much in the spirit of Derek Jarman, who used affordable and accessible Super-8 film to create his early experimental work). At the end of the course each participant will complete their own essay film. The training is designed to be introductory, and no previous knowledge of film practice is required. Participants learn to film digital material, experiment with participatory methods of conducting research and use popular editing software to create visually stimulating and intellectually engaging videos. An integral part of the training is discussing participants’ research interests and how audio-visual methods can be used in the context of their field of work. 

Here are some examples of what has been achieved by participants on recent courses.

The course fee is £400. No discounts are offered for the online course.

The course is also open to participants outside the college.

If you are interested in signing up, please enrol here.

PhD Placements

We will also be offering short placement opportunities to LAHP and CHASE PhD students from September 2020. The placement will allow students to develop new practical and research skills, and learn how to make effective use of moving images in the context of their academic research. The placement will include our four-day Audio-Visual Practice as Research Course. You can apply to LAHP or CHASE to cover the costs of this training.

We also teach film history, theory and practice modules to students enrolled on the Pittsburgh-London Film Program, a Study Abroad course open to undergraduates at participating universities in the United States.

City Symphony and Urban Scavenger

Open to US students studying abroad (CAPA programme)

Length: one term (Fall or Spring)

More information about these courses can be found here.

Digital Editing and Digital Media Practice

Open to US students studying abroad (CAPA programme)

Length: Summer term

More information about these courses can be found here.