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Moving Image AS/A2 at Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School

Course description

You want to work in the film industry. You have great ideas for films and want to put them into practice. You want to go into acting and want experience behind the camera as well as in front.

You want to expand your creativity. You’ve been making your own videos for a long time and want to pursue it in more depth. You want to be an animator.

Course content

AS course content

The course will start with a basic skills programme. Using DSLRs and Final Cut Pro, you’ll learn how to control your film-making, using different techniques, such as pulling focus, lighting, moving the camera, creative editing and filters. You will also experiment with 2D and stop motion animation. The next phase of the course will see you making short films in a variety of environments, before you select your own project for the final section of the course. You will be expected to create work for public exhibition, and present that work professionally, possibly as part of a video installation.

A level course content

You will negotiate your own coursework project that will take you from September to February. You will set yourself a question to explore through film-making, experimenting widely at the start of the project, then gradually refining your ideas. At three points during this phase of the course, you will present your work to your class, explaining your research and your thinking. At the end you will present work for public screening. From February to May you will work on your exam / externally set assignment. You will choose one from a range of titles set by the exam board, and then follow a similar process to the coursework project: experimenting, refining and creating work for public screening or video installation.

Entry requirements

Standard requirements

Assessment

AS

100% coursework (Personal Creative Enquiry)  

A level

60% coursework (Personal Investigation)

40% exam (Externally Set Assignment) from a paper issued in February. Students will have three months to experiment and plan (the preparatory study period), followed by 15 hours under exam conditions (sustained focused work) to create the final piece.

Future opportunities

After completing your A Level, you could choose to study Film Production, Media Production or Animation at university, with lecturers who work in the industry themselves.

Alternatively, you could go straight into employment or self-employment; for example, starting as a runner on a film set, and learning on the job. Moving image work can also form a part of other careers, such as journalism, photography and graphic design.

Further information

The course is based on practical work. Throughout the course, you will undertake a series of practical exercises, which will then be evidenced in a sketchbook, including annotations that explain your thinking.

There is no exam in the first year of the course. The second year includes both coursework and a practical exam.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School directly.

Last updated date: 10 February 2016
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