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FILM STUDIES at Steyning Grammar School

Course description

AS Exploring Film Form

There are 2 pieces of coursework for this:

  • One analytical essay: This focuses on a detailed study of one popular, contemporary film of your choice. You choose a film and write an analytical essay on how the film director makes meaning using camera work, lighting, props and sound. You can study any major mainstream film, ranging from Pulp Fiction to Little Miss Sunshine, or Wallace and Gromit to Apocalypse Now.
  • One creative project based on a film sequence or short film. You can write a script outline, create a storyboard or actually make a short film of your own. You make up the film, the storyline, the genre and the characters.

    AS British and American Film
    Section A: Investigation into the film as an INDUSTRY. This question focuses on the film industry and the practice of cinema going and film consumption. The exam asks questions on the American and British film industry, as well as questions on how film audiences have changed - this includes television, DVD /video, internet etc.
    Section B: Topics in British Film.
    Section C: US Film - Comparative study of two films.

    A2 Film Research and Creative Projects
    Again, there are 2 pieces of coursework for this:

  • One research project on ANY aspect of film you want. Possibilities include: a star (Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley); a genre (Martial Arts, Anime, Horror, Western); a director (Tarantino, Scorsese, Loach) or a technology (CGI, special effects).
  • One creative project. This is again genuinely really creative. You can still do screenwriting, but you can also make a short film, or a film sequence.

    A2 Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates

  • Section A: World Cinema topics. Study of some films from international cinema, such as City of God or Korean/ Japanese film.
  • Section B: Spectatorship topics. The study of how films have changed and how audiences have changed throughout time.
  • Section C: Single Film - Critical Study. An in-depth study of a CLASSIC. The final leg of your film studies journey!

  • Entry requirements

    For AS year ONE - 5 GCSE grades C or above, including English and English Literature.
    For A2 year TWO - a ‘pass’ at grade E or above at AS Film Studies.

    How to apply

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

    Last updated date: 09 June 2014

    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years