Film Studies

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Code FS01
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Why study this subject?

Film studies is a popular, creative and analytical subject. It gives you skills that can be applied to many different and demanding careers, including critical and creative thinking, the ability to produced well balanced arguments and problem solving. You study an exciting range of films from different genres, cultures and eras and you also develop practical film-making skills. It can be combined with a range of other A Levels including English, Art, Languages, Technology and all Humanities subjects. Maths and Science students have also included it in their A Level portfolio to add breadth to their studies.

Details

Course Content:

Component 1: Varieties of film making

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (comparative study)

• A study of two Hollywood films, one from the Classical Hollywood period (1930-1960) and one from the New Hollywood period (1961-1990). Examples include: Vertigo, Casablanca, Bonnie and Clyde and Blade Runner.

Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study)

• A study of two American films, one mainstream film and one contemporary independent film. Examples include: No Country for Old Men, Inception, Boyhood and Captain Fantastic.

Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study)

• A study of two British films. Examples include: Sweet Sixteen, Fish Tank, This is England and Trainspotting.


Component 2: Global film making perspectives

Section A: Global film (two-film study)

• A study of two global films, one European and one produced outside Europe. Examples include: Life is Beautiful, Pan’s Labyrinth, City of God and Taxi Tehran.

Section B: Documentary film

• A close study of one documentary film. Examples include: The Arbor, Amy and Stories We Tell.

Section C: Film movements – Silent cinema

• A study of one silent film or group of films. Examples include: Sunrise and Man with a Movie Camera.

Section D: Film movements – Experimental film (1960-2000)

• A study of one experimental film. Examples include: Pulp Fiction and Vivre Sa Vie.


Component 3: Production

Non-exam assessment

This component assesses one production and an evaluative analysis. Learners produce:

• either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay

• an evaluative analysis (1600 - 1800 words).

How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Varieties of film making

2 hours 30 minutes; 35% of the A Level qualification

Component 2: Global film making perspectives

2 hours 30 minutes; 35% of the A Level qualification

Component 3: Non-exam component

Practical and creative skills; 30% of the A Level qualification


Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

Your next steps...

Please apply directly to our School if you are interested in studying this subject.

admissions@srms.kent.sch.uk