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Film Studies

Film is an important part of many people’s lives. Those who choose to study it characteristically bring with them a huge enthusiasm and excitement for film which constantly motivates them in their studies. They experience a powerful medium which inspires a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective as they are drawn into characters, their narratives and the issues films raise. The root of that power is the immersive audio-visual experience film offers – one which can exploit striking cinematography, composition and locations as well as powerful music and sound. It is not surprising that many consider film to be the major art form of the last hundred years and that many feel it is important to study a medium which has such a significant influence on the way people think and feel.

 Component 1: Key Developments in US Film

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 35% of qualification

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three US films chosen from a range of options.

Assessment consists of four questions on one pair of US mainstream films and one US independent film:

  • Section A: US film comparative study
    • one stepped question on the first of the chosen pair of films (produced between 1930 and 1960)
    • one stepped question on the second of the chosen pair of films (produced between 1961 and 1990)
    • one question requiring a comparison of the chosen pair of films
  • Section B: Key developments in film and film technology
    • one multi-part question on developments in film and film technology
  • Section C: US independent film
    • one question on one US independent film.

Component 2: Global Film: Narrative, Representation and Film Style

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 35% of qualification

This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three global films produced outside the US chosen from a range of options.

Assessment consists of three questions in three sections:

  • Section A: one stepped question on one global English language film
  • Section B: one stepped question on one global non-English language film
  • Section C: one stepped question on one contemporary UK film.

Component 3: Production

Non-exam assessment 30% of qualification

This component assesses the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of film to a production and its accompanying evaluative analysis.

Learners produce:

  • one genre-based film extract (either from a film or from a screenplay)
  • one evaluative analysis of the production, where learners analyse and evaluate their production in relation to comparable, professionally-produced films or screenplays.