Film Studies makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.
Frequently asked questions
What do you do in Film Studies?
In film studies you will study film as an art form and analyse how films have been constructed, through representations, camerawork, locations, sound and editing.
Is their coursework in A level Film Studies?
Yes there is, it is worth 30% of your overall grade. You will need to write part of a screen play and take photos for a digital story board.
I don’t watch a lot of films does this matter.
We ask you to come to the subject with enthusiasm and motivation, we will increase your filmic knowledge and encourage you to watch more films. So, although you may not have watched a lot in the past we would ask you to watch more and from a variety of different decades.
Do universities see Film as a viable entry qualification?
The study of film is highly regarded. Film Studies has been an academic discipline within universities for over 50 years and is regarded as an academic subject in its own right. Oxford and Cambridge are now offering Master’s and PHD courses in Film Studies and Screen Arts. Russell Group universities accept Film Studies as an appropriate A level qualification when prospective students apply to study a humanities or arts related discipline.
Do you just sit around and watch films?
There is so much more to Film Studies than simply watching films. When watching a film, we might regard it as relaxation or escapism. However, the in-depth study of film involves coming from a very different starting point. As well as gaining an appreciation of film as an art form in terms of its visual storytelling, studying film can enhance your understanding of the world in terms of competing values, attitudes and beliefs. Our course also incorporates a creative production element where you will be able to put what you have learnt into practice by making a short film or writing a screenplay.