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Film Studies A level at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

Film Studies encourages students to experience a wide range of different types of films, to analyse and understand cinema as an art form as well as from a social and economic point of view. Students will be encouraged to explore their personal responses to films, using critical language to analyse the ways in which films construct meanings. Students will understand the contexts in which films are produced by comparing films from the past and the present, and from other countries and cultures.

Course content

AS Module titles and content

FS1 Exploring Film Form

A variety of different films will be studied, analysing the sound, editing, mise en scène, cinematography and performance, in order to understanding the meanings which are created in films. The coursework involves the production of a digital-photo storyboard, showing an original short film (or sequence from a film) idea, a film sequence or short film of approximately 2 minutes or an extended step outline. In addition there is a written analysis of a film sequence of your choice.

FS2 British and American Film

This part of the course involves the study of film producers and audiences, and the relationships between them. We will study one specific area of British cinema in detail, as well as a comparison between two American films.

A2 Module titles and content

FS3 Film Research and Creative Projects

You will complete an individual research project about a director, star or genre of your choice, as well as writing a script, an ‘extended step-outline’ or a film extract/ complete short film of approximately 3 to 5 minutes

FS4 Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates

In preparation for the exam we will study different film styles from world cinema, the ways in which film can elicit different emotions from audiences, as well as performing a close study of a single film, for example Fight Club.

Entry requirements

To start any A-levels you need to meet the general college entry requirements.

In addition there are the following subject-specific entry requirements: you should have GCSE English grade C. No previous knowledge of Film Studies is required.

Assessment

Exam Board - WJEC

Future opportunities

The studying of Film could lead to possible careers within the industry, such as film or TV production. Additionally, the skills required could also provide opportunities in journalism or careers relating to other art forms.

Film Studies links closely to many subjects both at Luton Sixth Form College and at university level. Several local universities offer Film and Media courses, including the University of Bedfordshire and the University of Hertfordshire. The subject requires many similar skills which are required when studying English Literature and Art-related subjects, as well as Politics, History and Sociology, and of course Media Studies and Media Production.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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