What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
What do Scorsese, Coppola and Lucas all have in common? They all studied films before they started making them. On this course you will have the chance to study and enjoy a wide range of different types of film whilst also beginning to produce your own practical work. The course consists of deepening your appreciation of cinema and to understand films in terms of their historical, political and cultural contexts. At AS you will study contemporary Hollywood and British film and at A Level world cinema and the 'classics'; a course for those who enjoy thinking and writing about film.
Assessment is largely written, through both coursework essays and exams. There are also opportunities to produce your own films as part of the coursework.
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The first year involves the study of contemporary Hollywood and British Cinema, including the ways in which films create meaning, provoke audience response and deal with social, cultural and political issues. There is also a focus on the industries that produce these films and the audiences who consume them.
FM1 - Exploring Film Form (Coursework: 40%)
- Written Analysis of a film extract (1500 words)
- Creative Project (storyboard, step outline or film sequence) and Reflective Analysis (750 words)
FM2 - British and American Film (2.5 hour written exam: 60%)
Section A - Producers and Audiences; Section B - British Film Topics; Section C - US Comparative Study
The second year involves studying a wider range of cinematic styles, including World Cinema, non-fiction films and classic films. It provides more sophisticated critical approaches for understanding how films construct meaning, as well as developing an appreciation of the history and diversity of film.
FM3 - Film Research and Creative Projects (Coursework: 50%)
- Small Scale Research Project (2000 words approx.)
- Creative Project (screenplay, step outline or film sequence) and Evaluation of (1000 words)
FM4 - Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates (2.75 hour written exam)
Section A - World Cinema Topics; Section B - Spectatorship Topics; Section C - Single Film Critical Study