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Film Studies AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

Film Studies is designed to deepen students' understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and a cultural form still of great significance at the beginning of the new millennium. You will study Cinema as a medium, art form and as a social and economic institution.  

You will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection. In particular exploring the relationship between the film 'text' and the individual by focusing on the exploration of meaning and response. 

The study of film institutions and audiences amplifies the central focus on meaning and response by exploring issues of production and consumption, supply and demand. Some of the recurring debates within film culture such as regulation, national identity and cultural hegemony will also be explored.

Course content

This course offers the opportunity to study film in depth and experience a range of films from 1920 to the present day. 

You will be introduced to critical approaches to analysing film, within the wider context of the global film industry.  You study the historical, political, industrial and economic conditions which influence film production and develop an understanding of film as an aesthetic practice and social document. 

Aspects of film covered include commercial and independent production, the impact of new technologies, British and Irish cinema, alternative forms of cinema and current issues/media debates involving film.

  Classes consist of lectures, film readings, screenings, group discussions and presentations and encourage you to develop a range of analytical and learning skills.  A number of trips will be organised throughout the year to facilitate the study of films and the film industry.

Entry requirements

Students on this course should have already obtained GCSEs at grade C or above in 5 subjects including English. You must have an interest and enthusiasm for the academic study of film and the film industry.



The course involves a critical analytical approach to understanding the key issues surrounding film and students are assessed through written coursework assignments and end of year exams. Learning will result from structured lectures, group discussion and presentation, and individual research under the guidance of a lecturer. 

Topic areas include:
- FM1 Exploring Film Form.
- FM2 British and American Film.
- FM3 Film Research and Creative Projects.
- FM4 Film Experience:Issues and Debates.

- FM1, FM3 are assessed through a number of coursework assignments that are internally and externally assessed, and make up 40% of the final mark. The other options are assessed through examination and this makes up 60% of your final mark.

Financial information

You will be advised to purchase an appropriate text book, exam films, and attend a number of visits over the two year.

Students will be required to watch a number of films in their own time due to restricted class contact time.

Future opportunities

The course of study will provide a strong base for progression to undergraduate studies in Film Theory, Film Criticism and Film History. It will also compliment closely practical work options offered at Higher Education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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