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A Level Film Studies

Film Studies is an exciting course designed to deepen understanding and appreciation of one of the major art forms. The course takes a close look at several aspects of film-making including film language, form and content, messages and values and the Hollywood and British film industries. There is also the opportunity to learn skills in storyboarding and screenwriting. Students should have a passion for film including all areas of the industry and be keen to analyse and discuss challenging texts.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics. You do not need to have a previous film qualification but it is highly recommended that you should be actively interested in some aspect of film.

Course Content

Theory – Area 1

Hollywood – Audiences & Producers

We will analyse the Hollywood film industry looking at production, distribution, marketing, exhibition, new technology and stars.

Theory – Area 2

The Swinging Sixties

This unit has a cultural and historical slant as we look at how the sixties are depicted in British films from the time.

Theory – Area 3

Comparative US Film Study

We will look in detail at comparing two American films from different periods, focusing on such things as production contexts, narrative, genre and themes.

The coursework is split in two parts: creative and theoretical. You will write an essay deconstructing a small sequence of a film of your choice and create a storyboard or step outline for a new film.

In the second year you will build on the skills already gained. You will look closely at cinema that creates an emotional response and the surrounding issues and debates. You will also learn to appreciate documentary and consider the way society is depicted through world cinema.

In the second year you are expected to research an area of film that you are interested in and present your findings.

How will I be taught?

The course is 60% theory and 40% coursework. Within the coursework element there are two compulsory tasks and there are three areas of theoretical study.

How will I be assessed?

You will build up a coursework portfolio that is submitted part way through the course. There is one written exam of two hours in the summer. Competence in English and creativity are essential. This A Level is mainly theoretical, but the combination of well-qualified staff with interesting and different styles of teaching make this A level enjoyable and achievable.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to higher education or appropriate employment. Many film studies students have found work in the media and film industries.

Course Information

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification.

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