Film is an important communication medium, social, cultural and creative art form.
The IB film course aims to develop students’ interest and understanding of film through exploring a variety of film texts.
Students will have the opportunity to become adept in both interpreting and making film texts and productions, gaining practical experience of professional film production equipment. The course will further develop students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives in film. To achieve an understanding of internationalism within the world of film, students will be taught to consider film texts, theories and ideologies from the points of view of different individuals, nations and cultures.
Textual analysis (30%) - Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how meaning is constructed in film. Students consider the cultural context of the film and a variety of film elements. Students submit a textual analysis (1,750 words maximum) and a list of all sources used.
Comparative study (30%) - Students carry out research into a chosen area of film focus, identifying and comparing two films from within that area and presenting their discoveries as a recorded multimedia comparative study.
Film portfolio (40%) - Students undertake a variety of filmmaking exercises in three film production roles, led by clearly defined filmmaker intentions. They acquire and develop practical skills and techniques through participation in film exercises, experiments and the creation of at least one completed film.
Level 5 in English/English Literature due to high amount of analysis and theoretical content. Preferably a Level 5 or equivalent in computing or media based subjects.
Film and media studies pupils are sought after by many employers and the skills you will learn are seen as key in the many career paths. Students following this course may progress onto further education to study film or media or seek apprenticeship positions in the many digital media industries – Film and TV production, radio broadcasting, film/video editing, lighting technician, sound production, media researcher, music producer. A qualification in film or media is also useful in fields such as photography, special effects, camera operation, VFX artistry and journalism.