This course aims to expand your knowledge and understanding of the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical context (including social, cultural, political and technological contexts).
You will develop your analytical writing skills, allowing you to become confident readers of film in terms of key concepts such as narrative, genre, aesthetics, spectatorship and representation.
You will investigate and explore various critical frameworks and debates.
You will explore how film generates meanings and responses as well as the ways in which spectators respond to film. Throughout the course you will apply critical approaches to film.
You will study a combination of film texts from British, American, and European Cinema. Alongside these texts, you will also be introduced to various film movements and eras in order to understand film from an historical perspective. Here you will look at influential styles such as Expressionism, Montage and Silent Cinema, which have had a lasting effect on the types of films made today. The course will also cover other film forms such as the short film, as well as documentaries.
There will be coverage of twelve film case studies across the two years of the course, involving screenings and more in-depth scene analysis. There will also be the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of film through a practical filmmaking project during which you will develop your evaluative skills in relation to your coursework productions, drawing comparisons between you own product and professionally produced films.
Assessment: 70% examination (two exams at the end of the second year), plus 30% non-examined assessment (coursework).
Is it for me?
You will enjoy and benefit from Film Studies if you:
- are interested in the way that cinematic techniques are used to express a range of themes; would like to look at the practical side of film-making;
- are keen to carry out independent investigative research rather than just listening and reading, and feel confident about expressing your views in writing.
- are a keen cinema-goer, interested in viewing a wide range of genres from around the world.
At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including Maths and English. A Grade 4 or equivalent is required in Film Studies if taken at GCSE level.
Recent visits and trips in Film Studies have included the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge as well as New York, where students visited the Museum of Moving Image. Throughout the year we have a range of visiting speakers from industry professionals to former students.
Our students have been involved in local filming projects and have been successful on the BFI (British Film Industry) Network Academy, held at Long Road Sixth Form College and the BFI National Academy.