For each film studied, you will explore its aesthetics and how it manages to manipulate emotions, while applying theoretical and critical approaches to get to the core of the text. You will also learn to debate and question the intentions of directors - bearing in mind the impact of contextual factors - allowing you to build your communication and debating skills, along with your essay writing technique.
Film Studies has a 30% production element where you will put into practice all you have learnt to create your own short film. This will allow you to evidence your ability to be creative, demonstrate your understanding of the technical features of filmmaking, and the all-important relationship between the film and the audience.
You will analyse the meanings of key scenes and sequences, exploring how ideologies are incorporated and how different contexts impact on the production and interpretation of a film. You will also learn how films are specifically constructed to generate particular meanings and responses across a diverse range of categories, including Old Hollywood, European Cinema and Experimental Film.
A level Film Studies allows many students to study Film at university level. It also equips students with transferable skills such as critical thinking and sophistication of thought - making it helpful for a wide range of creative and academic courses including Journalism, History, English Literature, American Studies, and PR and Marketing.