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Film Studies at Prospect School

Course description

The Film Studies course will deepen your understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of film as a major art form of the twentieth century. You will study Cinema as a medium, as an art form and as a social and economic institution. Film Studies gives you the opportunity not only to debate and discuss film but also to learn practical skills. An interest in film over and above enjoying watching them is essential.
Students need to be critical thinkers who are willing to engage in analysis and debate about films themselves as well as about the issues surrounding the film industry. Students will need to be able to work well independently and with others and it is essential that you can manage your time effectively. Although the quality of your writing is not formally assessed, you do need to be able to write fluently and accurately.

Course content

Film Studies explores the relationship between films and the individual, analysing the ways in which films create meanings and make us respond both intellectually and emotionally.
Students will learn about issues of production and consumption, including the supply of and demand for films, and will have the opportunity to debate some of the current issues in film, for example the global dominance of Hollywood and strategies for supporting indigenous/independent film.
The course balances critical and creative approaches to the study of film.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English at grade 5 or above
  • Four other GCSE and at C or above


100% Written Examination

Future opportunities

Film Studies will interest anyone who wants to learn more about the way films impact on our lives, or who wants to go on to study the media in Higher Education, or work in the media. The A Level is recognised as an entry qualification for a wide variety of degrees at University. The combination of critical and creative skills will be useful for any course or career.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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