About the course
Film Studies is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century.
You will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection.
You will have the ability to develop your creativity and practical skills, by storyboarding and developing films either in audio-visual or written form.
In your first year you will attend production and theory classes, as follows:
Production: Exploring Film Form
One research project based on an analysis of a chosen extract from a film of your choice. You will explore how meaning and responses are produced through an analysis of one or more of the following aspects of film language: cinematography, editing, sound, mise-en-scene and performance.
One creative project a digital storyboard based on a film sequence or short film.
Theory: British and American Film
Producers and Audiences of film
Topics in British Film
In your second year you will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of world cinema, film genre and audiences.
In your production session you will undertake research into film and develop a creative production based on your work.
Will this subject suit me?
You will enjoy this course if you are a creative and curious student interested in developing your knowledge of cinema, learning about how the industry works and how films are made. In the first year you will have the opportunity to produce a digital storyboard and a production, and in year 2 you will create a script or produce a film (in a group) aimed at a specific audience.
Personal study time
A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self-directed research as well. Students will receive effective feedback, guidance and help from their tutors.
What students say about this subject
"Studying film language has really helped to develop my critical understanding and appreciation of film."
"I loved the creative project. Whilst it was challenging and at times frustrating, I was really pleased with my completed storyboard."
"The teachers were friendly and enthusiastic; making the subject come to life ... and they were very supportive."
"I really enjoyed the theory sessions ... they were fun but also intellectually very challenging."
To study 3 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
To study 4 A Levels: 6 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above, including English Language and Maths
Where can it lead?
Film Studies can be studied at university degree level and may lead to careers in the media, including television and radio, journalism, teaching, publishing, advertising, law, business, computing and design. It is a respected subject in its own right, but it is an excellent complement to A Level English, Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law, History and Art and Design.