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Film Studies IB at Bridgwater College

Course description

Film is one of the most dominant popular art forms of the last 100 years, studying the course as part of the IB will enable students to develop their understanding of its complexities. This is a course for students who have a passion for cinema (be prepared for watching, silent black & white films with subtitles!). No experience of film making or analysis is required; these skills will be developed over the period of the course.

Course content

Students will study a range of films from across the world and from a variety of time periods. In the past classes have looked at; German Expressionism (The Cabinet of Dr Caligari) the Hollywood studio system (North by Northwest), the French new wave (A Bout de Souffle), Iranian cinema (A Separation) and the films of Wes Anderson (Rushmore & Moonrise Kingdom).

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for IB in general are six GCSEs at grade C or above in a broad range of subjects, including English, Mathematics and a Science, with Grade A*, A or B in subjects appropriate to Higher Level options. Film Studies is not available in most schools as a GCSE subject, but an ability and interest in English would be a good basis for success in IB Film Studies.


The IB Film course focuses on developing knowledge of three areas;

Film history & theory (25%)

  • This will be assessed through the production of a documentary script focused on an element of history or theory of the student’s own choosing.
  • In the past students have looked at such topics as the use music in films, the films of Quentin Tarrantino and the Western genre. 

Film analysis (25%)

  • For this formal presentation students are required to choose a 5 minute sequence from a film for detailed analysis. Students will have a choice of 3 films to choose their sequence from and will be assessed on the depth of their analysis and understanding.
  • In the past students have focused on films such as; The Godfather, Night of the Hunter and Dil Se.

Film production (25%)

  • Individually or in small groups students will be required to produce a short original film based upon a particular genre, they will also have to produce a written commentary explaining their filmmaking decisions. Students will be assessed on their creativity and technical skills.
  • In the past students have made; psychological thrillers, coming of age stories and horror films.

Students at Standard Level will have the same assessments as those at Higher Level but all 3 elements will be shorter in length.

Future opportunities

This course is an ideal preparation for a number of university courses including; Film Studies, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Theatre Studies, American Studies. The course will also develop skills useful for such courses as; English, History, Sociology and Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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