Film Studies Level 3 - AS Level/A Level at Exeter College
What do Scorsese, Coppola and Lucas have in common? They all studied films before they started making them. This course allows you to study different genres of film whilst also producing your own material.
- Deepen your appreciation of cinema and understanding of the historical, political and cultural context of films
- Study contemporary Hollywood and British film, world cinema and the ‘classics’
- Have the opportunity to go on the New York media trip
- Critically analyse film extracts
- Develop your own screenplays
- Use industry standard equipment, including HD equipment and Final Cut Pro
Assessment is by coursework and examination.
The AS involves the study of contemporary Hollywood and British Cinema, including the ways in which films create meaning, provoke audience response and deal with social, cultural and political issues. There is also a focus on the industries
that produce these films and the audiences who consume them.
FM1 - Exploring Film Form (Coursework: 40%)
- Written Analysis of a film extract (1500 words)
- Creative Project (storyboard, step outline or film sequence) and Reflective Analysis (750 words)
FM2 - British and American Film (2.5 hour written exam: 60%)
Section A - Producers and Audiences; Section B - British Film Topics; Section C - US Comparative Study
The A Level involves studying a wider range of cinematic styles, including World Cinema, non-fiction films and classic films. It provides more sophisticated critical approaches for understanding how films construct meaning, as well as developing an appreciation of the history and diversity of film.
FM3 - Film Research and Creative Projects (Coursework: 50%)
- Small Scale Research Project (2000 words approx.)
- Creative Project (screenplay, step outline or film sequence) and Evaluation of (1000 words)
FM4 - Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates (2.75 hour written exam)
Section A - World Cinema Topics; Section B - Spectatorship Topics; Section C - Single Film Critical Study
You need at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language and maths) and a keen interest in different kinds of film.
Assessment is largely written, through both coursework essays and exams. There are also opportunities to produce your own films as part of the coursework.
You could go on to higher education, where there is now a wide range of film and media courses. You could proceed on to Exeter College's own Foundation Degree in Television Production or Creative Digital Video.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Exeter College directly.