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Film Studies AS and A Level at York College

Course description

Q. Do you enjoy watching films? Would you like to find out more about them? Would you like to find out more about the roles played by directors, actors, camera operators, editors and more?

A. If you enjoy films, if you are willing to bring your existing knowledge of films to York College and develop it, if you are keen to open yourself up to new and unexplored aspects of the world of movies, then we would like to hear from you.

Course content

Film Studies is an academic subject that has been taught in universities since the 1960s and film is considered to be a valuable art form. Alongside theoretical, cultural and historical approaches to film, we look at analysing film and understanding techniques of film production in the context of marketing, distribution, exhibition and consumption of one of the most influential global businesses.

In the first year you will study camera work, editing, acting, set and costume design, lighting, story structure and genre in a variety of films. You will study the Hollywood studio system of the past and the new Hollywood of today. You will study the marketing of films and you will develop your own creative ideas for a film.

In the second year you will study such topics as censorship, shocking cinema and world cinema. You will also research a director of your choice and plan, shoot and edit a short film using industry standard equipment.

There is a field trip to Hollywood each year in February.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including GCSE English Language (grade 4).


50 per cent coursework (written and practical)
50 per cent exam (on such topics as British cinema and Hollywood cinema)

Financial information

A materials contribution is applied to this course. This will be confirmed at interview.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Film Studies will not guarantee you a job in the film industry, though it will certainly help you to achieve a place on one of the Film Studies or Film Journalism Degree courses in higher education, as well as industry work. Our students who have successfully completed both years have gone on to study Film at university and jobs in the industry, we will give you the skills to do either.

Further information

Good subject combinations for Film Studies are English, Sociology, Media Studies, Photography, Psychology and Theatre Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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