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Film Studies A Level at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

What is Film Studies?
Film Studies is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film: arguably the major art form of the past one hundred years. The course involves the study of cinema as a medium, an art form and a social and economic institution. You will come into contact with a wide range of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection.

Why study Film Studies?
It is an excellent opportunity to gain a respected qualification in a subject which many find fascinating. It complements studies in languages, literature and social sciences whilst at the same time offering a fresh contrast for students considering the sciences.

Course content

AS Modules

Unit 1 – Exploring Film Form
- One essay: analysis of how the micro aspects (shots, lighting, sound, mise-en-scène) of a film extract of your choice produces meanings and responses (1500 words).
- One creative project including your own film sequence or short film and an evaluation of your practical work, allowing you a wide range of freedom and creativity in planning your own film.

Unit 2 – British and American Film Three questions, one from each section:
Section A: Response to stimulus material based on the study of producers and audiences of film.
Section B: Questions on a variety of topics in British Film.
Section C: US Film – Comparative study of two films studied in school.

A2 Modules

Unit 3 – Research and Creative Projects (Coursework)
- A small-scale research project based on an area of film of your choice. You will select, research and present a project based on any number of interesting and exciting topics.
- A creative project of your choice, allowing you to explore the creative aspects of film studies, as well as an evaluation of your own work.

Unit 4 – Varieties of Film Experience
You will study a range of different topics in preparation and answer three questions in the examination, one from each section:
Section A: World Cinema topics
Section B: Spectatorship topics
Section C: Single Film – critical study

Entry requirements

Students looking to study Film should achieve a Grade C or above in GCSE English and English Literature. Students who are currently studying Media should achieve a Grade C or above, although, whilst useful, prior study of Media is not required.

Future opportunities

The course is not only suitable for those intending to go on to study Film or Media. It offers you analytical, practical, presentation and group skills which will be welcomed in a vast array of fields

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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