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A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.
You will research and analyse movies, both mainstream and arthouse, from various national, global and historical contexts - how they are financed, constructed and shown. You will learn and apply specialist terminology and theories. You will have the opportunity to write a screenplay or shoot and edit a short film for your coursework assignment. In both Year 1 and Year 2 you’ll be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of film styles and genres, reflecting different social, cultural, political, historical and technological contexts. You will also learn about the different ways in which spectators respond to film and be able to apply critical approaches to the analysis of films. Particular areas of focus will be:
Two exams (2 hours each), to include critical approaches to film study, early cinema, contemporary UK and US cinema, independent film and documentary (70%). Production coursework - either a 5-minute short film or 10-minute screenplay with a photographic storyboard, followed by an evaluative analysis of the production (30%).
This course provides a strong foundation for film studies and moving image production courses such as degrees in Film and TV Production and more practical qualifications such as HNDs. Alternatively it can be studied as a joint-degree with other subjects such as Media, English, History, Languages, etc. Cultural trips include a four day visit to New York with other students studying Drama, Photography and Music.
Cultural trips include a four day visit to New York with other students studying Drama, Photography and Music.
A Level Film Studies (Psychology, Drama & Theatre)
Previous Institution: Meole Brace School
Film Studies is such a varied and interesting subject with a mix between creative and academic. We work in a relaxed environment and the teachers amazing knowledge make it great fun. We get the chance to go on great trips, like Harry Potter Studios and New York. My favourite film that we have studied is A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – a Persian-language American vampire western. I will be pursuing an acting career once I have completed my A Levels.
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