What is the Film Studies Course at A level about?
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The full exam board A-Level Specification can be found here
Basically, the A level is designed to enable you to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. By the end of the AS year, you should be able to understand how we as an audience ‘read’ a film, often without realising that we are doing so.
The course will also look at film as a medium, an art form and as a social and ideological construct. You will be engaging with a variety of different kinds of film and, with the intention of developing your skills of critical analysis.
A Level Film Studies will cover the following areas
Component 1 – Varieties of film and filmmaking Exam assessment Section A: Hollywood 1930 – 1990 (comparative study) 40 marks
Section B: American film since 2005 (two film study)
Component 2 – Global filmmaking perspectives Exam assessment Section A: Global Film (two film study)40 marks Section B: Documentary Film 20 marks
Component 3 – Production Coursework assessment
Option 1: Short Film OR Option 2: Screenplay (& 20 frame digital storyboard) 40 marks Evaluative Analysis (1600-1800 words) 20 marks Introduction: Film Aesthetics
Click on the head-spinning wood spirits to go to the Film Aesthetics page
Component 1 – Varieties of film and filmmakingSection A: Hollywood 1930 – 1990
Click on the right eye to go to the Vertigo page Click on the left eye to go to the Blade Runner page
Section B: American film since 2005
Click on the woman for the La La Land page Click on the girl for the Beasts of the Southern Wild page
Component 2 – Global filmmaking perspectives
Section A: Global Film
Click on the fantasy god for the Pan’s Labyrinth page Click on the murderous child for the City of God page
Section B: Documentary Film
Click on the driving pop stars for the 20,000 Days on Earth page
Component 3 – Production
Click on the doorkey dinnertime for the short film page
Click on the biplane attack to go to the Creative Project page