Film Studies at Felixstowe Academy
Film studies is not about film alone, but about the ways in which we experience cinema, concepts of moderinty and technology and the way we view stories on the screen. The subject stresses visual representation in our global society and the place that film has in communicating ideas, attitudes and cultural beliefs, both now and in the past. In this course you learn to 'read' film, visual images, and the cinematic experience. You learn to analyse and present arguments with a critical awareness of the varied forms that texts and visual images can take. You also explore the important connections between different national institutions and identities and their representations in film, literature and visual culture. In addition we stress the important roles played by economic, social and political institutions in framing the way films are made, distributed and viewed.
Students are encouraged to analyse, discuss and evaluate films and film texts individually, within groups and in discussion with their teachers.The course aims to develop wider reading skills, a love of cinema and a passion for narrative story telling. Film screenings, lectures, small-group debates and intensive seminars form the basis for your independent learning.
The course offers the chance to acquire transferable skills that are valued in the job market. These include the ability to master complex arguments involving a range of different texts in both literary and visual form, to conduct research and to present topics persuasively and congent reasoning across a range of films.
You will not have to have any kind of media/film GCSE qualification but you must particularly have English GCSE to at least a grade C.
A qualification in film offers you skills that relate to jobs in the media, advertising, public relations, finance, education, and arts and cultural management. Many of our past students have continued their interests into higher education and are now directly involved in the film industry. Others are studying to become film script writers, composers and directors.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Felixstowe Academy directly.