Film Studies A level at Woodbridge High School
Film Studies AS / A Level is designed to deepen students' understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century. You will study film from a variety of approaches: the history of film; the film industry; film in social context, film as an art form and the close study and analysis of how the language of film generates meaning and audience responses. You will acquire transferrable skills in essay writing, research, and presentation as well as creative skills in photography, film-making and screenwriting. Studying film will also broaden your understanding of modern history and politics and give you a wider appreciation of different cultures through the world cinema modules.
At AS, the coursework unit (Exploring Film Form) focuses on the way meaning is constructed in film through a close study of mise-en-scene, sound, cinematography and editing.
The exam unit (British and American Film) focuses on two national cinemas, the UK and the USA. You will learn about the history of production, distribution, exhibition and messages and values across these national cinemas as well as learning about the relationship between producers and audiences.
At A Level, the coursework is an extended research project on a topic of your choosing and a creative unit on screenwriting. The exam unit covers World cinema (Spanish, German and Soviet) and spectatorship topics (shocking cinema, film and emotional response).
Grade B in GCSE Media Studies or GCSE English if you have not studied Media. An interest in Art, Business, History, ICT, Drama, Design or English will be advantageous but not vital.
Assessment is through exam (60%) and coursework (40%). At AS, the exam is a 2 ½ hr written paper consisting of 3 essay questions. The coursework includes a 1500 word written analysis of a film extract and a 25 shot photographic storyboard of a film sequence of your own creative design.
At A Level, the exam is a 2 ¾ hr written paper consisting of 3 essay questions. The coursework is an extended research project on a topic of your choosing and an 1800 word screenplay for a film sequence of your own creative design.
There are a wide range of Film- or Film-related university degrees. Students have gone on to study academic subjects such as Film Studies, Film Theory or History of Art as well Film production and many other practical courses such as directing and screenwriting. You can also combine your study of film with such related humanities courses as History, English, Modern Foreign Languages, Sociology, Psychology, Politics, Philosophy and Drama. Some students will go on to work in the media and film industries.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodbridge High School directly.