Film Studies

Specific Entry Requirements General College Entry Criteria

Why study Film Studies? If you are interested in film, Film Studies enables you to develop creative and analytical skills, whilst learning a series of technical skills.  You can create your own films and delve into creative writing.

What will I study? At AS we will study a wide range of concepts and areas of film:

  • The role of both audiences and producers
  • How films generate meaning
  • An intensive look at all aspects the film industry
  • The ‘Micro-Elements’ of film including Cinematography and Editing
  • Film as a social document – how films reflect the times in which they are made

Films studied include:

  • War of the Worlds (2005)
  • Invasion of the BodySnatchers (1956)
  • Bullet Boy (2005)
  • Get Carter (1971)

At A2 we will focus on three topic areas:

  • World Cinema: Power, Poverty & Conflict
  • Spectatorship: Popular Film and Emotional Responses
  • Single Film Critical Study: ‘Vertigo’

Films studied include:

  • La Haine (1995) (France)
  • City of God (2002) (Brazil)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • Vertigo (1958)

How will I be assessed? Assessment is through coursework and examinations. At AS, coursework is 40% and examination is 60%. At A2, coursework is 50% and examination is 50%. Coursework will be mostly completed outside of the classroom.  

Where next? Film & TV Production degrees; Employment in TV & Film industries; Specialist training in all technical disciplines.

SSC Experiences A Film Production group focuses on film production and developing technical skills. You will be encouraged to make your own original films and build a portfolio of work that can be used to support both university and job applications.

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