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Film Studies at Moulsham High School

Course description

The Film Studies course aims to equip students with the ability to explore and understand the power and fascination of Film as a medium through detailed analysis of a wide range of texts. Films analysed will be old and new, local and global, popular and sometimes unknown.

Each unit will introduce students to the conceptual tools and critical questions that film scholars have asked and are asking about the nature, function and value of film. Students will be introduced to films of seminal importance that will challenge, complicate and broaden their understanding of what film is and can be.

Understanding of both micro and macro aspects of film-form are inherently important throughout the course.

Micro-aspects of film-form include the internal creative decisions made during the making of a film – including:

· Mise-en-scene

· Body codes/costume

· Set design

· Cinematography

· Editing

· Sound design

Students would then link these factors to the macro-aspects of film form; exploring how the film fits within its social, historical and economic context. For example, one exam topic is ‘Thatcher’s Britain’ – in which students would explore the political and intellectual climate of the 1980’s in Britain, and learn how to approach British films made during this time.

Entry requirements

At least a grade B in English Literature is essential as well as a genuine interest in Film.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September