You will study cinema as a medium, as an art form and as a social and economic institution. You will look at a wide range of films and styles and develop skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection through film viewing, discussion, classroom activities, student presentations and your own research. In particular you will explore the relationship between the film 'text' and the spectator using different critical approaches. These include genre and authorship, how messages and values are inscribed in films as well as issues of production and consumption, censorship and culture.
Film Studies AS / A Level
Film can be argued to be the major art and cultural form of the twentieth century and of great significance at the beginning of the new millennium. 'Cineliteracy' is something you have been developing since childhood. The AS/A2 level film studies is designed to deepen the way you understand, appreciate and enjoy film, building on your existing knowledge and interest.
Exam Board: Eduqas
STARTS IN SEPTEMBER
What will I study and learn?
How is the course assessed?
- 2 pieces of coursework: 1 written analysis, 1 piece of practical creative work (including film making) – 20%
- a written exam on the film industry, topics in British film and US film (2 hours 30 mins) – 30%
- a coursework portfolio: research project and creative work (including screen play writing) – 25%
- Written examination: world cinema topics, spectatorship topics, single film critical study (2 hours 45 mins) – 25%
What courses would combine well with this course?
English literature, English language, history, sociology, psychology, languages, art and graphic communication would all combine well with this subject.
What skills will I need for the course?
You should possess good written English, essay writing and note taking skills. You should be interested in films, as well as critical and analytical writing and discussion.
What formal entry requirements will I need?
You will need an average GCSE profile of 5.5 including GCSE English at grade 5.
What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?
Taken in conjunction with other A Levels, Film Studies provides a strong base for progression to undergraduate studies in film theory, film criticism and film history as well as humanities, cultural and media studies and art. It relates to careers in journalism, research, the media and media related industries.
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