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Why study Film Studies?

Exam board and specification codes: WJEC Eduqas, A Level Film A670QS, AS Film B670QS

Film Studies involves a wide-ranging analysis of British, American and World cinema. Students study the ‘language’ of film (editing, soundtrack, screenplay, etc.) and examine a variety of different films from America, Britain, and around the world. Students also study genres and directors from cinema’s origin to the latest releases. Students will develop the ability to analyse films and develop the ability to understand how film scenes are constructed through use of camera, cinematography and sound.

Production work is a crucial part of this specification and is integral to learners' study of film. Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own film making and screenwriting. This is intended to enable learners to create high quality film and screenplay work as well as provide an informed filmmaker's perspective on their own study of film.

What is covered?

A Level Year 1

Students will study and compare two Hollywood films. The comparative study will be focused on the core areas of study, foregrounding a comparison of contexts - how contexts are reflected in film, how knowledge of contexts increases understanding and how films generate meanings and responses.  Student will also study American independent film and British and European films.

A Level Year 2

Students will study filmmaking from a wide variety of different countries. Seeing films from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Including European and non-European film. There is also the study of documentary, important historical film movements and experimental films that will challenge expectations of film as a visual media and art form.

How is it examined?

Short film extract or a screenplay with a written evaluation (30%)

Component 1 - Varieties of film and filmmaking (35%)

Component 2 - Global filmmaking perspectives (35%)

Related university courses and careers

Film Studies provides both practical and theoretical insight into the subject which focus on developing skills and knowledge in an appropriate way for those considering an Arts and Humanities degree en route to a career in journalism, the media or the film industry itself.

Suggested reading

'Film Art: An Introduction' (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010) by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson

'The Cinema Book' (London: British Film Institute, 2007), edited by Pam Cook

'Introduction to Film Studies' (London and New York: Routledge, 2007), edited by Jill Nelmes

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