Subject Intent: Why Film Studies?

Students who study Film Studies will be reflecting on the reasons why film is such an important 20th century cultural innovation and why it has become a major art form over the last hundred years. The course provides students with the opportunity to explore how film functions as an aesthetic medium and as a medium of representation. Students are also given the opportunity to develop and apply their own creative skills by producing their own piece of work in either filmmaking or screenwriting. This provides students with real life experiences and skills that will support their next steps into this industry. Overall, Film Studies is a course that helps students to appreciate viewpoints beyond just their own, to communicate at a high level and to work in a range of different contexts to show their appreciation of film as an art form and as a shared cultural experience.

What will I study?

In Year 12 and 13 you will study:
  • Classical Hollywood and New Hollywood
  • Contemporary American mainstream cinema and indie cinema
  • British cinema
  • Argentinian cinema
  • Turkish cinema
  • Documentary
  • Silent films
  • Experimental film
You will also study practical skills, including:
  • Screenwriting
  • Storyboarding
  • Cinematography
  • Set dressing
  • Digital editing
  • Post-production editing techniques
The course is assessed through two exam papers and coursework. The coursework involves creating a short film and writing an evaluative essay of around 1600 words. This is worth 30% of the qualification.

Film Studies

Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.

What are lessons like in this subject?

Film Studies is the subject for you if you are fascinated by both the analysis of ‘texts’ and the world of cinematography. You will be introduced to a wide range of styles and given the skills you need to investigate film in whole new ways. Students can expect to take part in thoughtful discussions, develop a critical approach to film and learn how to craft personal responses. Another key component of the course is the requirement to create a short film or write a screenplay with a visual representation of the screenplay through digital photography: a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their practical skills. We are able to offer students access to industry standard equipment in the completion of this task. Students are also encouraged to attend film club to further develop their knowledge, as well as a yearly film festival, which always proves to be a thoroughly enriching experience!

What our
students

say

I love that film studies allows me to step out of my comfort zone of cinema and explore deeper meanings through how a film's made!

Prior Policarpo , Guiseley School

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