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Film Studies

Subject Area: Humanities
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: WJEC
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What do I need to study this course?

You must have good essay writing and analytical skills, so you should have at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language. You must have a genuine interest in a wide range of films from different cultures. An open mind and an enjoyment of analysis and reflection are essential. Film Studies goes particularly well with other subjects such as Art, English Language, English Literature, Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Theatre Studies.

What will I study?

In the first year, you will study six critically-recognised, culturally and historically significant films from a wide time period. At least one of these films will be a non-English Language film. You will study elements such as mise en scene, performance, cinematography, editing and sound. You will identify how these components construct meaning and generate personal response. You will also focus on areas such as genre, narrative and representation.

In the second year you will focus on studying a further six films from different cultures and contexts, such as experimental film, documentary, short film, silent film, and examine the work of leading directors. You will analyse key concepts and critical approaches gained throughout the course to extend your knowledge of the diversity of film, how films are interpreted by different audiences, and the ideological impact of film on spectators. This work will also be applied to the completion of either a short film production or short screenplay extract accompanied by a digital storyboard.

What next?

Film Studies can lead to a range of possible higher education courses and future careers. It also combines very effectively with all other academic disciplines as it develops writing skills, personal response, critical thinking and analytical skills. You should be aware, however, that A level Film Studies is an academic, rather than a purely practical, study of film.