Film Studies

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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.

Why should I study this subject?

Film Studies provides you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, evaluative and written skills, by exploring films from a wide range of eras, movements and cultures. You will also have the opportunity to develop your creative skills, with access to industry standard equipment.

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 is a very interesting subject which has changed how I view films. It can be somewhat challenging at times but in the best way possible, and it’s always fun to analyse scenes and uncover new meanings behind certain aspects of them.

Emily Morris
Bradford Academy

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.