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Film Studies (AS and A Level) at Morecambe Community High School

Course description

A level Film Studies is a comprehensive study of film and as such we will study a range of diverse and challenging texts. After an introduction to the concept of studying film we will move on to other areas including studies of new wave cinema and world cinema, American and British film. In addition you will be required to undertake an independent study of a film of your choice. These will be assessed through a combination of essays and formal examinations. There is also the opportunity to undertake practical work from a range of briefs. This could be writing a screenplay or actually making a short film using the media editing suite and our digital video resources. This part of the course allows you to put into practice what you have learned in the classroom about film production.

Course content

You will study four modules, two in year 12 and two in year 13. Each module is worth the same amount of marks
AS Unit 1 – Exploring Film Form

  •   A 1500 word essay which addresses the technical aspects of a film sequence chosen by the candidate.
  •   Produce a short film sequence in a group with a reflective analysis on how meaning was created.

    AS Unit 2 – British & American Film

  •   A contextual study of two national cinemas: British & American. You will study two examples

    of British Cinema and two examples of American cinema. These will have inks through

  •   The focus will be on relationships between audiences and producers as well as the wider

    social and historical contexts surrounding film production in the UK and US.

  • A2 Unit 3 – Film Research & Creative Projects

  •   Undertake a small scale research project into a film of the candidates’ choice. The focus will

    be on a producer/star, representation, genre or institution.

  •   Produce a film extract/complete short film; The project will include a reflective analysis.

    A2 Unit 4 – Varieties of Film Experience: Issue & Debates

A study of different contexts, issues of spectatorship and diversity in film. There are three key areas of study: World Cinema, Spectatorship and a close critical study of a single film

The course is 50% exam, 50% coursework.

Future opportunities

A level Film Studies offers candidates a range of skills in both film theory and production practices. This would allow for progression into a range of film and media related degree courses at degree level, either practical or theoretical in nature. This would also be a useful qualification for anyone interested in a career in film journalism and criticism specifically, or just working in the arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Morecambe Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

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