2018 - 2020
Performing and Creative Arts
Course Content & Assessment
Film Studies is a fast-growing subject; it is designed to explore and creatively engage with all aspects of filmmaking. It involves analysis of a wide range of texts, including British, American and European cinema, silent film, documentary and experimental film. You will analyse both the technical and creative choices made by film makers to produce meaning, as well as develop an understanding of how a film’s production context affects the meanings it generates.
Obviously, Film Studies suits students who enjoy watching films. However, it should be stressed at this point that Film Studies is not a film club but an academic approach to film. Students should therefore be interested in finding out what goes on behind the scenes; going beyond passive watching and achieve a deeper understanding of the film industry. Moreover, a large part of the assessment consists of essay-writing, so to do well in Film Studies you should have proved yourself in GCSE subjects such as English but equally you will have a creative flair in order to create your own short film sequence.
What will I study?
Film is the major art form of the last century and is of great cultural significance. This exciting course is designed to deepen your enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of film as an art form. As a Film student you will study a wide range of films and experience a variety of innovative teaching and learning methods that are designed to ensure you enjoy achieving the highest possible grades and become a confident, independent learner. The course will help you develop academic skills in research, critical analysis and reflective evaluation that you can transfer to other courses and careers. You will learn how to write formal essays, confidently apply theory and conduct research which will benefit you in all of your studies at College and beyond.
An active and creative approach to filmmaking will be encouraged as you write, shoot and edit your own film sequences - learning technical, creative and practical skills. No prior experience of filmmaking is necessary: the aim is that you will learn by creatively engaging with film technique. In the coursework you will have the option of filmmaking or creative writing depending upon your interests; many film students maintain their own YouTube channels and Screenwriting blogs to showcase their work. You will have opportunities to submit your film journalism and creative work for competitions and publication as your study of Film develops. All Film students will contribute to class activities and your personal response to films will be highly valued.
You will get the chance to experiment with filmmaking and screenwriting whilst closely examining a variety of films from past and present American, British, European and Global cinema. By the end of this course you will have a detailed knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of film forms such as narrative cinema, documentaries, silent film, experimental film and short film as well as sophisticated academic, practical and creative skills that will equip you for lifelong learning.
Two exams (70%)
Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking (35%)
Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives (35%)
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or English Literature or C Grade in GCSE Media Studies.
Useful Supporting Courses
Media, English Literature, Photography, Art, English Language, History, Languages, Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology and Sociology.
Entry Criteria & Progression
Route A: GCSE Grade 5 in Media Studies
Route B: GCSE Grade 5 in English Language
Film Studies is a well-established A level and fully recognised by all universities. It provides an excellent progression for those who want to continue studying film or other subjects requiring critical and analytical skills at university. There is a practical element to the course, which makes it suitable for those who want to work in the film industry.