A-Level Film Studies
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?
||A-Level Film Studies
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Students will explore how film can be understood as a modern art-form and the ways in which individual film texts are reflections of the social and production contexts that produce them. Films will be compared and contrasted with one another to unpack the changes made to Hollywood productions, the differences in mainstream and independent cinema, as well as theories such as authorship, ideology and narrative. Topics covered in the first year are:
• Hollywood 1930-1990
• American Film Since 2005
• British Film Since 1995
In the second year, the scope of the course will expand to encompass films from different cultural and historical contexts, where students will consider the ways in which technological developments, national and international production, filmmaker’s personal style and theories all impact upon the creation and reception of film. Topics covered in the second year are:
• Global Film
• Documentary Film
• Silent Cinema
• Experimental Film
Additionally, students will produce a practical piece of creative work, taking the form of either a short film or screenplay with accompanying digital storyboard. Students will develop this coursework project through the study of existing short films, and will write an evaluation on the relative success of the production.
How will it be delivered?
Delivery of the course will take the form of lectures, in-class film screenings, class discussion and group activities in preparation for the exam. Lesson time will be dedicated to preparation and execution of the coursework project, but students will be expected to undertake large portions of production and post-production outside of class hours.
The exam comprises 70% of the overall grade, while the practical creative project comprises 30%.
You will need five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above (including English Language and Mathematics and Grade B/6 or above in a related subject).
Your next steps...
Upon completing this course you will be equipped to move on to university, a higher apprenticeship or work. Film Studies is an ideal first step in the study of arts and humanities subjects, as well as further study in film and media.