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Film Studies at Dereham Sixth Form College

Course description

Film Studies seeks to deepen the students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. By studying Film as a medium, as an art form and
as a social and economic institution, students will develop their skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection. We will also introduce students to the diverse range of film forms and film styles which have developed through the history of film.

Film Studies can be an excellent subject to study for those who wish to pursue a career in the film industry or more widely in the media. Because of its emphasis
on textual analysis (the films are our texts) as a subject it sits nicely with other humanity subjects like English, Philosophy and History. It is also a highly enjoyable ‘stand-alone’ subject for anyone who loves films. Film Studies has been a highly successful department since its inception at the college 10 years ago. Our
expectations are of 100% A-Cs and both the film viewing and making instil and reinforce an intellectual rigor in the students which they will carry with them
into further education.

We follow the WJEC Specification; a course that provides a thorough theoretical and also practical introduction to the subject.

In the first year you will study some key aspects of
British and American Cinema via a range of texts from
many genres - mostly recent releases. This will give the
students a firm grounding for further study. Amongst
the topics studied are:

  • American Film
  • British Comedy
  • Directors and film styles
  • The success of the British Film Industry
  • New technology in Film

In the second year you will put your first year’s study to the test by making your own Short Film. All aspects of film production will be taught and applied by the
students using industry standard editing software in a piece of creative work.

The Examination topics and texts we will study will include:

  • Single Text - Fight Club (Fincher, 1998)
  • World Cinema - Urban Conflict inc. La Haine (Kassovitz, 1995)
  • Spectatorship and Emotional Response: various texts inc In Bruges (McDonagh, 2008),
  • Atonement (Wright, 2007) & Up (Docter, 2009)

Entry requirements

A*-B in English Language GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dereham Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 06 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years