Film and Digital ARTs
A-Level

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Film and Digital Arts

A-Level

Course Description

If you are interested in the creative possibilities of film and moving image, this course is for you! You will develop a keen imagination using industry standard software to create your own original films.

You will be introduced to a wide-ranging subject matter referencing media, society, historical and political developments to inspire your practical work.

You will learn how to approach theories and imagery in an analytical way; to write fluently about subject matter; to discuss and share ideas confidently; and to present your findings in a visual and professional way using digital technology.

The knowledge and understanding of how moving images relate to time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural context, underpins this course. It is an ideal combination with our A-level photography and graphics course.

Year 1: Coursework Portfolio Development 

  • Exploration of techniques including; use of cameras and filming techniques 
  • Digital editing techniques and use for final cut pro 
  • Analytical skills 
  • Essay writing skills 
  • Contextual referencing  
  • Written discussion and exposition 
  • Research into film makers and other visual arts practitioners 
  • Document research and creative processes 
  • Digital sketchbook development 
  • Independent research and visual awareness 
  • Development of considered approaches to being creative 
  • Planning, preparation and realisation of a project from given titles 
  • How students determine individual directions and choices of media 

Produce final pieces during mock exam conditions for end of year exhibition 

Year 2 (A-Level): Personal Investigation (60% of the A Level grade) 

  • Students making own choices of creative direction 
  • Making more considered and polished films 
  • Production of a wellresearched and analytical illustrated essay 
  • Production of one major practical project 
  • Planning and preparation in creative and inventive ways 
  • Production of a written Related study in the form of an illustrated essay that includes research and analysis of designers/artists worth 20% of marks 

Year 2 (A-Level): Related study 

  • Students produce a written and visually illustrated essay that analyses an aspect of the visual arts that relates to their practical Personal Investigation 

Externally Set Task (40% of the A Level grade) 

  • Final major piece responding to set titles produced in 15 hour exam,  
  • Extends skills and continue to develop professionally 

Two years

If combined with other creative A-Levels Photography or Graphics or Fine Art, you will increase your opportunities of gaining direct entry to creative degree courses.

  • All students have access tostudio time during independent study
  • Access to photographic studio, darkroom and MAC suites
  • London visits to see Art, Design and Cultural Studies

Art college foundation and degree courses

Other creative Higher Education courses

Five GCSEs at Grades 4 or above including a creative subject, media or film or a creative Portfolio for interview.

The Personal Investigation and Externally Set Task are internally assessed and moderated before being externally moderated to verify marks.

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