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Film Studies AS & A Level at King George V College

Course description

This subject will change your life! If you’re passionate about film and would like to take it further then this is the subject for you!

To start with, you will study film technique (mise en scene, cinematography, sound, editing) and the different genres of film available. We look at how filmmakers use technique to create meaning, and how students apply it to design a scene from their own, imaginary film. As part of this flexible unit, students can individually choose the films they work on.

You will also have the opportunity to explore film industries and audiences. If you want to make a film, you don't go about it in the same way in Hollywood and in Britain. As a spectator, you don't necessarily want to see the same kind of films when you are sixteen or sixty, if you are male or female etc. These are the kind of issues that you will look at.

We also study films from Britain and Hollywood – a part of the course which is very similar to studying literature in that you will consider characters, narration, themes, etc. and write essays about those elements.

Course content

First Year

  • FM1: Exploring Film Form: In this, you will create a short film or step outline exploring aspects of film cinematography and design
  • FM2: British and American Film: Studying films from different time periods in Britain and America; these can be films from the Swinging Sixties and Film Noir.

Second Year

  • FM3: Film Research and Creative Projects: You will have the opportunity to create a short film or screenplay inspired by research you have done into a specific aspect of cinema.
  • FM4: Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates: In this section you will look into the different types of film form, from documentary to propaganda, and the way in which spectators watch.

Entry requirements

In order to be skilled at Film Studies, you should be skilled at English Literature, as the ideology behind it is fairly similar. It is important to be hard working and patient under pressure, as the coursework element of the subject requires both skills and is a vital component of the course. Lastly, it is also important to be creative and imaginative with your work, as these skills will be rewarded when you are assessed.

Future opportunities

You will develop some essential skills, such as creativity, group work and analysis. You will work with cameras, screenwriting software and editing packages. The film studio has green screen and a professional lighting system. In the new building there will be some animation stations where you make some short animated films. Many of our students have gone on to work for film production companies, as screenwriters, technicians or camera operators. Film Studies makes you more open-minded, creative and outgoing, which gives you a real advantage in the world of work. Even if you don’t end up working in the film industry you will have a unique set of skills that are transferable to many careers.

Further information

Students may wish to take part in enrichment activities which will aid them with achievement. It is suggested that students should participate in film club (to see various production different techniques involved in the creation of films), as well as getting involved in the College radio station. Also, there will be visits from various industry professionals, as well as trips to local independent cinemas to further broaden knowledge about filmmaking.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King George V College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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