Film is a primary source of entertainment but also a mirror that reflects the way society evolves. It is constantly changing and updating, both in terms of how it is made and how we access it. In Film Studies you will be encouraged to explore how different genres are constructed; the industries that produce films and what films can tell us about the culture and context in which they are produced. You will also have the opportunity to develop practical skills and the department also arranges trips and workshops to support the topics being covered in the classroom.
Film Studies is a contemporary, artistic, dynamic and highly analytical subject, perfect for students wishing to combine the academia of English with the creativity and expression of creative arts subjects.
The course is based on an understanding of the key film concepts of language, representation, audiences and institutions.
You will cover a range of topics related to different film industries from around the world. During the course you will have the opportunity to study at least six different types of film. You will study film aesthetics by watching contemporary blockbuster films such as Skyfall (2012) and will analyse narrative in Slumdog Millionaire (2008). You will also explore how British and foreign language films represent modern life through their plotlines, characters and production techniques. Here you will study Juno (2007), and Spirited Away (2001). You will also compare old and new Hollywood through an exploration of science fiction films Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1952) and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). You will be asked to analyse each film in detail, often comparing them with others.
The coursework is an opportunity for you to stretch your creative muscles by applying what you have learned about different types of film to a project of your own. You can choose to plan and film the opening sequence to a new crime film or write an original screenplay for the opening sequence. This work will test your technical skills as well as your imaginative ideas. Your practical work will also be accompanied by a detailed analytical evaluation.
The GCSE is assessed through the completion of two external exams, making up 70% of the course. The coursework unit will contribute 30% of your overall grade.
It is important for students to be keen, organised and determined in order to succeed in Film Studies. You should enjoy watching films and try to keep up to date with what is new and current. Film Studies is a creative, engaging and fun subject. It’s also highly analytical and requires its students to apply their English Literature skills to a wide range of films. If you think you have these qualities, then you will find this course enjoyable and rewarding.
No deposit is requested for the use of equipment, but if a student wishes to use camera equipment off site, a parent/guardian must sign a letter agreeing to cover full replacement costs of the equipment if it is lost or damaged. The only other cost is the cost of any department trips.
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