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Film Studies

Key Stage 5

Film Studies is a popular student-centred course that involves similar critical and analytical skills to those used in English Literature.

Students engage in detailed analysis of the techniques of film making (such as editing, sound, and cinematography), in order to understand the ways in which films produce "meaning‟. We also examine the film industry as a business, examining marketing, distribution and audience trends. Coursework is 50% of the course; the students produce, independently, one written analysis plus a creative project, which may be either a storyboard or a screenplay. At A2 we study World Cinema and the coursework includes a Small-Scale Research Project on a cinema topic of your choice.

Film Studies is designed to deepen your understanding and appreciation of film, building on the knowledge you already have. You will study how films make meaning, both through theoretical analysis and practical work. You will also study how films are produced and audiences consume them and also the messages and values that different films convey. Using a range of examples you will develop skills of observation, critical analysis and personal response. Film Studies AS and A2 provide an excellent preparation for both academic and practical higher education courses.

This course combines well with English, English Literature, Media Studies, Art, Drama, Sociology, Psychology, Photography and Communication Studies.