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Film Studies

Film Studies is the academic appreciation of cinema as an art form.
What is Film Studies?

Film Studies is the academic appreciation of cinema as an art form. The subject typically revolves around developing an understanding both of how films are created and how films are understood by audiences. Those who chose to study this course characteristically bring with them a huge enthusiasm and excitement for film, which constantly motivates them in their studies.

What will I study?

There are three components you will study on this qualification.
 
Component 1: Key Developments in US Film
 
This component introduces students to how film is put together and how the social context of a film can influence how we understand its meaning. This component is designed to use films that learners may already have some awareness of. Learners will study three US films and they will be assessed in a written exam.
 
Component 2: Global Film
 
Global Film is similar to Component 1 as it is about understanding how films are put together and how their social context impacts on meaning, but the films selected are produced outside of the US and it is expected that learners may have less of an awareness of these films and their contexts. You will study three films produced outside of the US for this component. It is also assessed in a written exam.
 
Component 3: Production
 
Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting. The production component allows learners to create either a short film or a screenplay and shooting script. Learners will also have to evaluate their work. This is internally assessed and externally verified.

Why should I study film?

Film combines all of the core skills required to be a good student. Students must demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in an exam but, more importantly, they must apply this understanding in the creation of a product. Having the ability to put your knowledge into practice sets Film Studies apart from many other GCSE subjects.
 
It ensures that learners are fully equipped to deal with the challenges that A-Level and BTEC progression will offer.
 
It compliments many other GCSE subjects available at DLD including Art and Design, Drama, English Literature and History.

How is assessed?
Component 1: Key Developments in US Film Written examination
1 hour 30 minutes
70 marks
35% of qualification
Component 2: Global Film Written examination
1 hour 30 minutes
70 marks
35% of qualification
35% of qualification Non-exam assessment
Internally assessed portfolio
30% of qualification

 
Exam Board: Eduqas

What do I need?

There are no previous learning requirements for this specification. It is expected that students will have a good standard of verbal and written English and some basic ICT skills. All students should possess a passion and enthusiasm for film.

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