What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
A fun, creative approach to the practice of film, video and digital art, forms the main ingredient of this subject and you will spend the majority of your time working on practical assignments in the studio, editing suites and on location. You will receive a thorough grounding in the use of the video camera and digital editing. You will be introduced to dramatic, music video, projection and documentary styles but the main emphasis of the course will be on a variety of digital and non-digital art-based ideas.
Most of the work is practical and studio/workshop based. There may also be whole class discussions and lectures on the more theoretical aspects of the course. Your lecturer(s) will work closely with you and you will be encouraged, as the course progresses, to develop your own individual interests. Your work will be assessed informally throughout the course. A final grade is determined by an externally moderated, end of course assessment of: one unit of coursework plus an externally set assignment.
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What topics will I study?
You will be taught how to analyse and understand filmmaking and digital approaches, looking at a variety of sequential forms from comics to vines and from art installation to narrative film making, through looking at art and discussing films as a group. Researching and referring to the work of other artists/film makers is an important element of the course.
You will learn how to express your ideas visually, verbally and in writing. Sketchbooks are used extensively to record research, both visual and written, and the development of your ideas in script and storyboard form throughout a project. An experimental approach to the use of the medium and the development of ideas is encouraged.
The emphasis is very much on enabling you to express and refine your own individual response to a theme, through increasing personal and independent work as the course progresses.
What experiences will I get?
You will have the opportunity to get involved in local and national film competitions and will visit centres of excellence such as the Bill Douglas Centre, Harry Potter World and @Bristol.
What are the entry requirements?
English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English and 4 in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Six GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements: Some experience of film, video or artwork would be useful but not essential. A grade 4 or above in Art GCSE is preferable.
What can I study alongside this course?
Any A level subjects can be combined. A levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate.
What facilities are there?
The Art and Design Faculty has numerous art studios, a print workshop, a ceramics workshop, a 3D workshop, photographic darkrooms, fashion and textile workspace, IT rooms with industry standard software eg: Photoshop CS6, Flash, Motion, and Final Cut Pro X software on PCs and Macs.
What can the course lead on to?
You could progress onto the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design here at Exeter College. Film and Video A Level is an excellent preparation for Further and Higher Education courses in related disciplines such as Film/Television, Photography, Digital Art or Fine Art. Visit our Higher Education pages to find out more about the Photography and Digital Arts course we have here at Exeter College. It is also a valid entry qualification, when combined with other relevant subjects, for academic courses in Higher Education. There is a strong progression rate to Film and Digital Art degree
courses from this programme. Many Film and Digital Art students have gone on to win or be short listed for the many regional, national and international Short Film competitions which you will be encouraged to take part in throughout the course.
Are there any additional costs?
There are some costs of materials and resources – click here to find out more.
This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.
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