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Film StudiesAS LevelA2 Level

Film Studies offers an in depth exploration of film in all its forms, from Hollywood blockbusters to low budget indie movies, from old classics to modern masterpieces from the obscure to the popular and films across the world. You will study fiction films, documentaries and shorts and have the opportunity to plan, write, shoot and edit your own films.

This is a rigorous and challenging course for those with an interest in film. It encompasses all aspects of film production, distribution and consumption. Using case study examples throughout, you will get a thorough grounding in how films are made and how they communicate to their audience, introducing you to a realm beyond the mainstream: British, Independent and World cinemas.

  • What surprised me is how much of the content is driven by my own interests and opinions.
  • What surprised me is how much of the content is driven by my own interests and opinions.
  • What surprised me is how much of the content is driven by my own interests and opinions.
  • What surprised me is how much of the content is driven by my own interests and opinions.
  • There is no right or wrong answer with Film Studies practical, as long as you have the passion and drive
  • Before I studied Film, I thought Fight Club was a clever movie! I have been introduced to so much since that I don't think I'll ever go back to blockbusters!
  • Film Studies at St Paul's has given me the opportunity to grow as a filmmaker.

All courses have now been accredited (Feb 2017)

Course Content

Component 1 (Examined) 35%: American Film

Hollywood since the 1960’s and Contemporary American Independent Film

Component 2 (Examined) 35%: European Film

British Film and Non-English Language European Film

For BOTH components, learners must study:

  1. Two Hollywood films, one produced between 1961 and 1990 and the other more recent (a two-film study)
  2. One contemporary American independent film (produced after 2010)

All films will be studied through the framework for studying film:

  1. The key elements of film form – cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing and sound, which have significance both individually and in combination with one another
  2. The structural elements of film form – narrative and the processes of narration, including the role of the screenplay in providing narrative structure, and genre (where relevant to the film studied)
  3. How film creates meaning and generates response, including how it functions as a medium of representation
  4. Film as an aesthetic medium
  5. The spectator and spectatorship
  6. The social, cultural, political, historical and institutional, including production, contexts of film
  7. Critical approaches to studying film – arising from the idea of film as 'constructed' and including different conceptions of narrative.

Component 3 (Non Examined Assessment) 30%: Production

An extract from a film that highlights narrative construction OR a screenplay and digitally photographed storyboard.


Key Facts

  • Course Level AS/A2 Level
  • Assessment Breakdown Examination 70% Non Examined Assessment 30%
  • Assessor Eduqas (WJEC)
  • Entry Requirements Minimum 5+ Levels 4-9, 5+ in English Language
  • Online Learning Materials Interactive courses on our VLE including forums and online assessment
  • Media Channel stpaulsmedia on YouTube

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