Course overview

Film studies mixes the academic study of modern British and American film with the study of classical Hollywood and foreign cinema. Students focus on the practical aspects of film as well as issues from a social and cultural context, including representation of gender, audience response, themes, ideological messages values and film narrative structure.

The course should appeal to anyone who has an interest in film and media and who wants to develop their creative and media production skills. The course combines well with our media, drama, art, graphics, English and music technology courses.

What will I study?

In Year 12, you study popular British and American cinema, such as Inception, La La Land, Trainspotting and Shaun of the Dead. Students learn about film language elements such as sound, lighting, editing, performance and cinematography as well as conceptual elements such as representation, spectatorship, ideology, critical debates and auteur theory. Practical film making exercises including short film making, script writing and film storyboarding are also completed.

In Year 13, you will study the comparison between classical Hollywood films such as Casablanca, Vertigo and Some Like It Hot and new Hollywood films such as Bonnie and Clyde, Apocalypse Now, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. You will also look at silent cinema, including the comedies of Buster Keaton and prepare a comparative study of foreign cinema using films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and City of God. Finally, there is an auteur (director) study covering directors such as Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction).

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • We run trips to working film sets where possible
  • There is also a yearly trip to the Warner Brothers’ Leavesden studio near London

What can it lead to?

Film students often combine film with English and media studies at degree level, or with drama, music technology or visual arts. Some students have chosen to pursue either full academic, or practical, film making degrees at institutions such as Warwick University, Bournemouth, Aberystwyth, Westminster or Goldsmiths. A number of ex-students are now working in the film, television or media industries.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in either English language or English literature.

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Next event:

Year 12 consultation evening (o-z) 5.30-8.30 5:30pm on 22nd January 2018

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