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A Level Film Studies at St Bartholomew's School

Course description

Cinema is a little over a hundred years old and has been described as the major art form of the century. If your interest in film extends beyond a casual and recreational viewing and you are curious about how films are made and how they communicate to their audience, then a course in film studies could be for you.

You will study film as a medium, as an art form and as a social and economic institution. This is an increasingly popular subject with more and more students taking on the challenges of raising an everyday form of entertainment to the level of serious academic study. It looks at the history, business, theory and practice of film-making from the early days of the Lumière Brothers in the 1890s to the present day. The course will develop students’ analytical skills as well as their artistic appreciation of a major art form. In the past two years, trips have been organised to relevant places of interest such as New York and Los Angeles.


At AS Level students study two units: FM1: Exploring Film Form comprises coursework (40%) FM2: British & American Film 2hr 30min examination (60%)

The coursework unit will include an analysis of the micro-features of a chosen film extract (1500 words) as well as the production of a creative project (film extract or short film). Students also need to complete a reflective analysis based on work completed.

FM2 is an external examination where students have the opportunity to explore Producers and Audiences and topics in British Film, such as production companies or British identity. Also, there is a section on American film where students will compare two films.

At A2 Level students study two units: FM3: Film Research & Creative Projects (coursework) FM4: Varieties of Film Experience; Issues & Debates (2hr 45 min examination)

Here students will have the opportunity to research and discuss many of the issues surrounding film, such as the impact of World Cinema, the role of women in film and issues surrounding spectatorship. Students will be able to consolidate their production skills by researching and then producing a creative piece such as a short film, screenplay or an outline for a new documentary.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bartholomew's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

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