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Film Studies A Level at Graveney School

Course description

If you love film and would like to study cinema as an art-form and a social and economic force, this course will offer you many challenges and rewards.

The new reformed ‘A’ level specification aims to extend students’ understanding of all aspects of Film. Whether you are interested in Hollywood blockbusters or World Cinema, film studies will offer new and challenging cinematic experiences to all learners. In preparation for the analyses of the set texts you will be taught how the different micro- elements of film, cinematography, sound, editing and mise-en-scene, contribute to the meaning of film. The A Level in

Film Studies will extend your understanding of the social, political and cultural significance of film by studying a wide range of films ranging from silent films from the past, foreign language films and modern day blockbusters. The range of set texts is varied and will provide students with a wonderful opportunity to develop their cinematic experience and engage with film in depth and detail. You will then need to prove this understanding through analytical written responses and practice exam responses in the classroom.

To help enhance your academic study you will also be given the opportunity to put the theory into practice with a range of creative and practical classroom tasks that will prepare you for creating your own short film in the non-exam assessed component; providing you with the opportunity to further demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and creative skill as a filmmaker. Throughout the course students will
also have opportunities to work alongside media and film professionals to enrich their study and extend their creative skills.

Course content

A Level (2 year linear course)
Exam 1 – Film History - 2 hour exam (35% of A level)
Section A: Film Form in US Cinema – Silent Era to 1990.
Section B: European Cinema History – 1920-1960
Exam 2 – Critical Approaches to film – 2 hour exam
(35% of A level)
Section A: Contemporary British and US Film
Section B: Documentary
Section C: Ideology
Understanding British Film – Non- exam assessment
(30% of AS total)
The creation and production of your own short film.

Future opportunities

This  course  provides  an  excellent  base  for  any  creative, English or humanities degree course, as well as practical or  vocational  training  in  film/television.    Many  of  our students' with an A level in Film Studies go onto higher education  at  top  universities,  most  recently  these  have included  Warwick,  Birmingham,  Exeter  and  Cambridge; all  Russell  Group  Universities.    More  recently  a  number of students  have  moved  onto  apprenticeships  in  the  creative   industries   including   film   and   television.  

As  a  department  we  have  strong  links  with  a  range  of  
professional   media   organisations   and   professionals  who  regularly  contribute  to  the  teaching  and  learning, as  well  as  providing  career  opportunities  such  as  work   experience  and  training  We  also  regularly  submit  many  of  our  students  short  films  for  national  awards  such  as  The  Moving  Image  Awards  and  EMC  Media  magazine  Production Awards, often resulting in our students being
nominated  for  and  winning  awards.  So  for  Film  Studies, there really is no better place than Graveney.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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