Film Studies A Level

Film Studies A Level

Film Studies A Level

Course outline:

Cinema was arguably the great, popular art form of the 20th century and as we get further into the 21st, films are more readily available than ever though online streaming, TV on demand and other digital technologies. This course will give you the opportunity to study, in detail, a range of key films from across the history of cinema. From popular Hollywood movies to silent classics, you will consider film as an art form in its own right with a distinct set of aesthetic characteristics, as well as study the social and cultural contexts that gave rise to certain film making styles. You will also have the chance to develop your own film making skills through a creative coursework project.

St Vincent has a vibrant Film department that is heavily involved in the local film making community through our participation in events such as the Portsmouth 48 hour film challenge and close
ties to Southampton Film Week. We support local schools and groups with film making projects and you will have a chance to develop your film making skills by getting involved. We are (probably!) also the only sixth form college in the country with its own cinema, screening films to the local community every fortnight. With 50% of A Level Film Studies gaining A– B grades, there is nowhere better place to study film than at St Vincent.

Course structure:

Year 1
• US Mainstream Film, past and present
• Contemporary US independent film
• UK film of the last 20 years
• Introduction to film making

Year 2
• European and world cinema
• Silent cinema: Soviet montage
• Experimental film
• Documentary
• Short Film
• Film making coursework

Key Facts:

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    Examination Board


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    A2 – Two years

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    Five GCSEs at Grades 4 – 9 which must include English Language at Grade 5

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    Possible combinations:

    • Can be taken with Media Studies and Photography to create a creative and Media learning programme.
    • Combines well with other humanities and arts subjects but can be taken as part of a varied A-Level programme with any subject.
    • With BTEC/OCR nationals

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    • Volunteer at The Ritz @ St Vincent, our on-site community cinema!
    • Residential trip to London to visit the BBFC, BFI Southbank and IMAX, Cinema Museum and see a TV show being recorded.
    • Multiplex and Art House cinema visits.
    • Take part in the annual 48 hour film challenge with the college’s award winning team.
    • Opportunities to develop practical skills through community film making projects.

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    Skills developed:

    • Analytical observation and critical evaluation
    • Use of film making technology including shooting and editing.
    • Essay writing and developing written arguments.
    • Management of individual projects

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    Likely next step opportunities:

    To highly popular film and media-related courses in Higher Education, and many other non-media degrees

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    Assessment summary:

    • Exam 1: Varieties of Film and Filmmaking
    • Exam 2: Global Film making Perspectives
    • Production Coursework

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