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Course overview

 

Film studies mixes the analytical study of modern British and American film with the study of classical Hollywood and foreign cinema in context. It also focusses on the practical aspects of film making and developing scripting, storyboarding and film making skills.

What will I study?

You will study a range of popular British and American cinema, learning about film language elements such as sound, lighting, editing, performance and cinematography, as well as theoretical elements such as representation, spectatorship, narrative, ideology, critical debates and auteur theory.

Films we currently study include Inception, La La Land, Shaun of the Dead and Pulp Fiction.

Students are also encouraged to keep a portfolio workbook of their practical work, planning and film ideas. Coursework involves planning, developing and evaluating a short film project.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Trips to working film sets where possible
  • Yearly trip to Warner Brothers’ Leavesden studio

What can it lead to?

Students choose to pursue either full academic, or practical film making degrees. A number of ex-students work in the film, television or media industries, including on shows such as The Apprentice and Britain’s got Talent.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in either English language or English literature.

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