Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently offers the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.
The course comprises two exam units, and a coursework element.
The first examination ‘Varieties of film and filmmaking’ assesses knowledge and understanding of six feature- length films, covering Classical and New Hollywood 1930-1990; American mainstream and independent film since 2005; and British film since 1995.
The second examination ‘ Global filmmaking perspectives’ assesses knowledge and understanding of five feature-length films: Two Global films; one documentary film; one silent film and one experimental film.
Non-exam assessment (coursework) is 30% of this qualification You produce:
- either a short film (4-5 minutes)
- or a screenplay for a short film (1600-1800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay
- an evaluative analysis (1600 - 1800 words).
Extending Your Experience
You will have the opportunity to visit a film studio, and to hear from industry experts.
You will need to have achieved a Grade 5 in either English Language or English Literature. You do not need to have previous experience of studying Film or Media.
Where will this course take me?
Advertising, art director, Broadcast presenter, Community arts worker, Event manager, Film director/ editor/producer, Location manager, Marketing executive, Public relations officer, Researcher for broadcasting/film/video, Television camera operator, Television/film/video producer, Television production coordinator