WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS COURSE?

GCSE 5 grades 9-4 with a grade 5 in English.

You will need proven creativity, independence and team working skills. GCSE Film or Media Studies qualifications would be advantageous.

WHAT DO I STUDY?

You will study how films are created and interpreted by audiences, and analyse the techniques they use to create meaning through a diverse range of film such as “City of God”, “Casablanca”, “Blade Runner”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Shaun Of The Dead”, “Trainspotting” and “Inception”. You will explore the significance of film in national,global and historical contexts. Finally you will learn to create film sequences for yourself.

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?

In contrast to Media Technicals’ vocational approach, Film Studies provides a contrasting but complementary platform for academic analysis of how films are constructed, so that your detailed
exploration of film language will enable you to create your own films, and put you on the road to a career in film and visual media.

WHAT DO I STUDY AT A LEVEL?

As well as further opportunities to create more films practically and build on your Year 12 portfolio, AL Film Studies expands the analysis of films into much broader areas such as short film, documentary, non-European film as well as cinematic movements and styles.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

You’ll learn to analyse film techniques, audience responses, and how films affect and are affected by social, historical and cultural contexts. You will also learn in-depth analytical skills, and how to transfer these into creative skills, working with a range of industry-standard software and hardware. Most importantly, you will learn how to promote yourself as film-makers.

HOW MANY EXAMS DO I HAVE TO TAKE?

Two exams – 2½ hours (Varieties of film and film-making” and “Global Film-Making), involving the analysis of key film texts and their techniques, genre, narrative and representations of people  and place.

IS THERE ANY COURSEWORK OR CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS?

Yes, worth 30% of the course: You have to plan and produce a genre or narrative-based short film (or screenplay), working to an exam board brief. You also have to produce an evaluation of your work and its intentions.

NOT TOO FAMILIAR WITH EDITING? HERE'S SOME HELP...

Using the department's Canon Stills Cameras tutorials

Using the department's Panasonic Video Cameras tutorials

Using the department's Canon Video Cameras tutorials

Mastering the basics of iMovie tutorials

Some more advanced special effects iMovie tutorials

Da Vinci Resolve tutorials - Free and powerful video editing software

WHERE DO I GO TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

Film Studies instil skills in analysis, visual communication, organisation and creativity through film. Alongside traditional film jobs (cinematography, script-writing, editing, directing), Film Students can branch out into any areas of visual media (Games, TV, advertising, film journalism). Film also provides a rigorous academic subject with which to get into analytical university courses.

Our aim is for this course to get you in touch with film professionals through trips, external speakers from industry, and of course our now famous Finham Film Festival.

The Finham Film Festival has been our key mechanism for putting student work in front of professional film-makers for the last few years, and it continues to produce award-winning films, nationally-recognised prize-winners, and a high level of aspiration for all our students. A link to the Film Festival website can be found here: