What is A level Film studies?
Film studies is the study of film as an art form, learning to appreciate the medium not only through its technical production, but also by understanding the wider meanings and messages.
Why study this course?
Film studies is an exciting subject that will allow you to study a range of films and gain an insight into the wider industry. You will study the language of film, performance, cinematography, editing and sound, and see how they construct meaning and provoke audience response. You will engage in debates around technology and the issues facing independent cinema, seeing a range of perspectives. Working with industry-leading equipment and editing packages will provide practical experience, allowing you to create a professional portfolio of work to carry forward to university or employment.
What can you expect from A level Film studies?
Film studies offers a lively and challenging insight into the film industry. You will be expected to participate in debates and be open to exploring both independent and international cinema. You are expected to analyse key texts and then write about them in your exam. You will also be required to demonstrate creativity with your practical productions.
How is the course assessed?
This subject is assessed through a combination of coursework (30%) and two external examinations (35% each)
Who is this course for?
If you have a willingness to learn, an interest in the development and production of films and are passionate about developing your knowledge of the film industry, this subject is for you.
5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.
"Film studies is not as easy as people expect, but it’s a very interesting subject and one where your cinematic knowledge and general writing skills will be really developed. You will learn about a really broad range of films, as well as looking at the social and historical contexts that shaped them. Film studies has been my favourite lesson, and undoubtedly the one I will miss the most."
What will I study?YEAR 1 During the first year you will study three exciting units. Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990. Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study). Section C: British film since 1995 studying two British films. YEAR 2 During the second year, you will expand your knowledge by exploring a range of cinema movements: These include: Section A: Global film, requiring reference to two global films: one European and one produced outside Europe. Section B: Documentary film Section C: Film movements – silent cinema Section D: Film movements – experimental film (1960-2000)
Additional activities with this subjectDuring your time studying Film Studies we organise trips to heighten your experience of films and the industry. This year we are looking to organise a trip to the ‘Berlin Film Festival’ in Germany, as well as planning trips to Manchester’s independent cinema ‘Home’
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