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Film Studies A Level (WJEC) (Block E) at The Folkestone Academy

Course description

This course is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twenty-first century.

The course builds on the cine-literacy you have developed informally since childhood. You will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. You will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing your creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form.

In particular, the course explores the relationship between the film and the individual by exploring how films create meanings and produce both intellectual and emotional responses. Additionally, the aesthetic and sensory qualities of film are emphasised as integral to a study of the interaction between films and spectators.

Analysis is enabled by the application of critical approaches, as well as through creative project work. The study of film producers and audiences explores issues of production and consumption: the supply of and demand for films. Some of the recurring debates within film culture will be explored. These include the global dominance of Hollywood, strategies for supporting indigenous film and the significance of fandom.

The course will introduce you to the diverse range of film forms and film styles developed in different places throughout the history of cinema.

 

Course content

Units (Mandatory)

Unit 1 - Exploring film form

Unit 2 - British and American film

Unit 3 - Film research and creative projects

Unit 4 - Varieties of film experience: issues and debates

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5+ in English or English literature.

Assessment

Units (Mandatory)

Unit 1 - Exploring film form

Unit 2 - British and American film

Unit 3 - Film research and creative projects

Unit 4 - Varieties of film experience: issues and debates

Future opportunities

This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Film Studies or a related area through a range of higher education degree courses; progression to the next level of applied qualifications (e.g. HND); or direct entry into employment. In addition, the course provides a coherent, satisfying and valuable course of study.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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