If you are enthusiastic about cinema and would like to develop greater understanding and appreciation of films and acquire practical skills, then this course is for you.
You will study a wide range of films, both mainstream and independent, American & British, as well as non-English language films. You will learn about a variety of film forms including silent films, short films and experimental. There is also practical coursework with students able to make either a film or write a screenplay & create a storyboard.
You will study and be assessed on the following three components, over a two-year period:
American & British Film (Classic Hollywood; Hollywood since 1960s; Contemporary Mainstream and Independent US film; British film since 1995.)
- (35% of qualification) Written examination: 2.5 hours – This component assesses your knowledge and understanding of six films.
Varieties of Film (Global Film; Documentary Film; Silent cinema; Experimental Film (1960–2000).
35% of qualification) Written examination: 2.5 hours. This component assesses your knowledge and understanding of five films and a compilation of short films.
- (30% of qualification) - In this component students will apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own film or screenwriting.
- Either a short film (4-5 minutes long) or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay.
- Evaluative Analysis
- An evaluative analysis (1600-1800 words) of the production in comparison with other professionally produced short films or short film screenplays.
I’ve always been interested in films, so seeing a subject entirely about it was very exciting. I enjoyed the coursework side of the subject as it gave me the opportunity to do research and learn a new skill like screenwriting. I view films differently now and am always looking for symbolism or any hidden meaning.Sophia Owen Moulding ex Farlington School