Film Studies

Why Film Studies?

The creative digital industry of one if the UKs fastest growing industries. Students who study Film Studies will be reflecting on the reasons behind 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, communicate at a high level and 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?

You will study a minimum of six critically recognised, culturally and historically significant feature-length films to include:

  • at least two US films, at least one of which will be independent
  • at least two English language films made outside the US, at least one of which will be British
  • at least one European film (non-English language)

You will study a range of culturally and historically significant films and at least two major movements or stylistic developments in film history, characterised by the significant contribution they made to film aesthetics, such as montage, expressionism, neo-realism or the new wave cinemas of the 1960s.

You will learn about cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing and sound individually and in combination with one another; the concept of genre; narrative construction, including the role of a film’s screenplay in narrative construction and the way these contribute to the representation of cultures and societies in film.

What are the entry requirements?

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