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Film Studies A Level at Matravers School

Course description

Film is a major art form of the twenty-first century. The aim of this course is to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. They will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. They 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 their creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form. You will be encouraged to leave behind a passive acceptance of what is presented to you and to read, judge, evaluate and challenge. The course will allow students to access the diverse range of film forms and film styles developed in different places throughout the history of cinema. In giving students the opportunity to study significant film movements and aspects of national cinemas, it is intended that an interest in film culture will be fostered which can be taken forward in lifelong learning. As well as studying the key film texts you will be given the chance to plan, produce and evaluate your own short film.

Course content

Unit 1 An analysis of an extract from a film in detail based on the student’s own understanding of theory. The creation of a short film sequence or short film, plus a reflective analysis.

Unit 2 Three sections including a response to material set by WJEC based on producers and audiences of film, various topics in British Film and the comparative study of two American films.

Unit 3 Candidates will study two further topics in detail. Here they will be exploring wider contexts and a variety of texts. Candidates will be expected to produce an extract or short film or a screenplay or a complete screenplay for a short film or an extended step outline for a documentary.

Unit 4 Three sections including a topic from World Cinema, an issue about spectatorship and the critical study of a single film.

Future opportunities

As well as being a specialised and fascinating A Level, a qualification in Film Studies offers a number of transferable skills including the ability to critically comment, analyse a range of texts and demonstrate real creativity. It would offer ways into various careers including the Media, the Film Industry and Journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Matravers School directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

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