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Course Outline

Throughout the course you will study a variety of film styles, movements and genres across 12 film texts. The films will encompass global, European, British and, of course, American cinema. They will present you not only with an exciting array of viewpoints and stories but they will also serve as inspiration for your own filmmaking. Your production brief will be established early in the course and, as you study the various film texts, you will begin to incorporate ideas and plan to use techniques you’ve seen on screen in the preparation and planning of your own short film.

You will also explore a number of theoretical concepts through the analysis of the film texts. From the conflicting concepts that make up the study of ‘spectatorship’ to the application of auteur theory and representation, you will aim to develop a real confidence with film theory.

The Syllabus overview is as follows:

Component 1: American and British film – This component assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature-length films. Section A: Classical Hollywood. Section B: Hollywood since the 1960s (two-film study). Section C: Contemporary American independent film. Section D: British film (comparative study).

Component 2: Varieties of film – This component assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films and one compilation of short films. Section A: Film movements (two-film study). Section B: Documentary film. Section C: Global film (two-film study). Section D: Short film.

Component 3: Production Non-exam assessment – This component assesses one production and its evaluative analysis. Learners produce: either a short film (4-5 minutes) or a screenplay for a short film (1600- 1800 words) and a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay and an evaluative analysis (1250-1500 words).

Entrance requirements and skills needed

Ideally, you will have a genuine interest or passion for film, though a curiosity and a willingness to develop a passion for film is enough. You will need to be prepared to watch a range of films and grasp a range of new concepts. Assessment is predominantly essay based so good written skills are important.

Assessments - WJEC qualification

70% Exam (2 Papers, 35% each) and 30% NEA (Non Examined Assessment) film production.


Why Study Film Studies?

The most significant artistic development of the last 200 years, film is everywhere; from multiplexes to your iphone; from independent art-house cinemas to your Netflix subscription; from Sight and Sound magazine to the gossip columns of the tabloids. There is no other art-form that transcends so many boundaries to invade our lives in quite the way that film does. And yet, at the heart of all the gossip, the popcorn and the merchandise is a complex and beautiful way of telling stories that, once you begin to scratch beyond the surface, becomes even more exciting and intriguing. Film Studies is a wonderful companion course for any of the English-based subjects. It helps you to develop close analytical skills, critical thinking skills and essay writing skills. Film Studies also compliments art, and the humanities. Every year we send plenty of students off to study Film at University. Film Studies is a great course for pupils wishing to work within the film industry but also for those who want to study a range of degrees at University.

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