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Film Studies

Why study Film Studies?

The communications and media industry, including new technologies and digital media, is the largest employer in Europe and the second fastest growing study area for further and higher education. Students of Film Studies and Media Communications have many careers to choose from including: Editing, Acting/Presenting, Advertising, Writing and Publishing, Film Journalism and Marketing. By studying Film Studies at A Level students will develop an already present love of film as well as give you a greater understanding and appreciation of of it.

What will I study?

Students will have the opportunity to go on theatre and field trips. Recent trips included a visit to Keats' house in Hampstead, an interactive workshop at the Globe theatre and intensive study days with other A Level English Literature students at the Institute of Education in Euston.

AS Level

Exploring Film Form
Students learn about the micro and macro aspects of film form and how meaning is conveyed through film style, technical discourse, narrative and character. Students also produce a critical analysis and a creative project based on a film sequence or short film of their choice.
British & American Film
Students consider the differences between British and American film in terms of production, distribution, exhibition and audience reception.

A2 Level

Film Research & Creative Projects
Students research and present a small-scale independent research project and produce a linked creative production. 
Varieties of Film Experience: Issues & Debates
Students study specific areas of film theory including New Wave and World Cinema, surrealist and shocking film and feminist film perspectives.

Link to WJEC Film Studies website

How is the course assessed?

Every student maintains there own research blog where they publish their material online. Teachers work direct with students in one on one tutorials and invite them to undertake self and peer assessment activities. Students are expected to engage in independent open learning where they collaborate in creative tasks together. As and A2 Level is assessed by a portfolio of written coursework and exam.

What grades do I need to study Film Studies at HSC?

You will need at least five A* - C grades at GCSE with preferably a B in English Literature or Media Studies.