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Film Studies at Swinton Academy

Course description

The majority of us watch films at some point.  This course gives you the knowledge and skills to understand how film influences people and how the values of a society are reflected in the films it creates.

The Film Studies course is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the dominant art form of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It will expose you to a range of films from different countries, genres and times and deepen your knowledge of film, film-makers and the power of the film industry. 

By studying films formally, you will builds on the skills you have already developed informally since childhood by watching films. You will develop skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills, either in audio-visual or written form. 

Course content

Over the duration of the course you will study eleven full length feature films and a compilation of eight short films. 

Exploring film form/film production: You will learn how to closely analyse and evaluate how meaning is created in film learning the relevant terminology to discuss the subject academically. You will apply this knowledge through the creation of a script, story board and reflective analysis of your own work. 

British and American film: You will learn about all aspects of the mainstream film business– production, audiences, marketing etc. You will then study a range of British and American film texts, from Classical to Contemporary Hollywood, Contemporary American Independent film and a comparison of two British films. 

Varieties of Film Experience: This unit develops your critical thinking and reading skills as you explore many of the issues and debates around film. In this unit, you will also explore: two film movements, including silent film; global films; documentary film and; the short film.  This unit will broaden your understanding of different influences and intentions behind the making of film

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C/5 or above, including Mathematics, English Language and English Literature.


Exam and portfiolio based

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Future opportunities

The skills learned in Film Studies (close analysis, group debate and evaluative essay writing) are invaluable for most degree level subjects and careers. However, specific careers Film students have progressed onto careers are television, radio, journalism, animation, computer software and game design, marketing and advertising. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 January 2018
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    • Contact name:
    • Mrs K Jones
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01709 570586
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