Film Studies
Faculty of Media and Performing Arts
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Media and Performing Arts Level 3 - A Level Centre for Creative Industries 2 years

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.

This course is ideal if you enjoy studying, watching and writing about films from different time periods alongside creating your own film based productions.

Assessment is largely written, through both coursework essays and exams. There are also opportunities to produce your own films as part of the coursework.

Click here to find out more about media courses at Exeter College. We also offer Film and Video A Level in our Art and Design faculty - click here for more information.


What topics will I study?

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.

Detailed Breakdown
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.

Detailed Breakdown
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

What are the entry requirements?

Standard entry requirements: Grade 4 in English and 4 in Maths. Plus, you will need six GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: A keen interest in different kinds of film.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme. It goes well with Media Studies, Humanities courses, Art and Design courses and Languages (including English).

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre and state of the art HD cameras and Final Cut Pro.

What can the course lead on to?

You could go on to higher education, where there is now a wide range of film and media courses. You could proceed on to Exeter College's own Foundation Degree in Television Production or Creative Digital Video.

Are there any additional costs?

There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click to view the fees for September 2018.

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.

College Prospectus

Former student Alistair Brammer, who studied Film and Video and Drama, appeared in the film production of Les Miserables that won Golden Globes and was nominated for Oscars. He played a key role in the film which he won on the strength of playing the main role of Marius in the West End production. Alistair has also played Joseph in Any Dream Will Do and more recently in the West End production of Boy Georges musical Taboo. He went on to perform the role of Billy in the West End production of War Horse.

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