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Film Studies

Film Studies
Type of Qualification:
A Level
Exam Board:
Grade 6 at GCSE in English Language, English Literature or Media Studies recommended

Course Content

This linear GCE specification requires students to develop a theoretical knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of film including historical Hollywood film, American film since 2005 and recent British film since 1995.

The course will also cover film movements, the global film industry and documentary film.

In addition, the film studies course requires students to develop their own moving image practical skills throughout the course. They will be required to use their own creativity applying the theoretical knowledge to practical tasks in preparation for the coursework unit where they can focus on film making or writing a screen play.

Style Of Assessment

70% exam:

Component 1: Varieties of Film and Film Making (35%).

Component 2: Global Film Making Perspectives (35%)

30% practical coursework:

Component 3: A short film or a screen play with an evaluative analysis.

Whose kind of course?

The course is suited to students who are interested in film and scriptwriting. Students that enjoy learning through a practical and creative approach may be interested in studying film studies. It will also interest anyone who may wish to pursue a career in the media or in a communication-based field. This subject compliments the skills required in Media Studies, English Language and English Literature and humanities-based subjects that require an analytical approach to texts.

Career Prospects

Jobs directly related to film studies include broadcasting presenter, film or TV director, editor, location manager production coordinator, production designer and programme researcher to name a few.

However, the subject also links to jobs in the arts and many roles within the marketing and events sector