The DP film course aims to develop students as proficient interpreters and makers of film texts. Through the study and analysis of film texts, and practical exercises in film production, students develop critical abilities and appreciation of artistic, cultural, historical and global perspectives in film. They examine concepts, theories, practices and ideas from multiple perspectives, challenging their own views to understand and value those of others. Students are challenged to acquire and develop critical thinking, reflective analysis and the imaginative synthesis through practical engagement in the art, craft and study of film.
The aims of the Film course are to enable students to:
- Explore the various contexts of film and make links to, and between, films, filmmakers and film making techniques (inquiry)
- Acquire and apply skills as discerning interpreters of film and as creators of film, working both individually and collaboratively (action)
- Develop evaluative and critical perspectives on their own film work
and the work of others (reflection).
- Textual analysis (max 1,750 words)
of a prescribed film text based on a chosen extract. (20%)
- Multimedia comparative study of
10 mins. (20%)
- 9 minute film reel with supporting with supporting written portfolio. (25%)
- Collaborative film project included 7 minute completed film and 2000 word report. (35%)
Minimum of grade 4 in English Literature or Language, 6 in Art GCSE or equivalent desirable. Must be approved by subject leader if requirement not met. External only; must provide a small creative portfolio for informal interview with subject leader.
Many students progress to university to study such courses as journalism, digital media, TV and film production, graphic design and photography. The course also lends itself to students that want to go straight into employment in media industries, as it will help students develop a portfolio of work to be taken to interview.