Film Studies is an academic course with a strong emphasis on critical thinking, analysis and research skills. It will also provide students with the opportunity to develop practical production skills in filming, editing and screenplay writing.
This A Level specification is broken up into three units. Varieties of film and filmmaking involves exploring three significant eras of film; analysing how media language (camerawork, editing, sound, mise-en-scene and aesthetics) and socio-political context. Global filmmaking perspective equips students with the skills to assess different film movements such as Silent Cinema and Documentary film. The final unit is the Production, the coursework unit for which students will individually plan, film and edit a short film, along with an evaluative analysis. Students who take this subject need to be proactive, not scared of learning new technologies and embrace challenge.
Careers in the film and media industry include working in broadcasting and film, advertising and marketing, the music production industry as well as creative work in the multimedia industries. In addition, Film Studies offers numerous transferable skills for any future profession including leadership, problem solving and highly skilled used of ICT.
Paper 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking
1 hour 4 2 hour 30 minute Written Examination, 35%
Paper 2: Global filmmaking perspective
2 hour Written 2 hour 30 minute Written Examination, 35%
Coursework Portfolio, 30%
5/above in GCSE English Language.