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Film Studies

Course aims

For this specification, these underpinning elements have been used to create a framework for studying film, which learners will be able to apply to all the films they explore:

  1. The key elements of film form – cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing, sound and performance
  2. The structural elements of film form – narrative and genre
  3. How film creates meaning and generates response, including how it functions as a medium of representation
  4. Film as an aesthetic medium
  5. The spectator and spectatorship
  6. The social, cultural, political, historical and institutional, including production, contexts of film
  7. Critical approaches to studying film
  8. Key debates and filmmakers' theories of film.

Entry requirements

You will require a grade B in a humanities subject, in addition to the general entry requirements.

Course content

Component 1 - American and British Film

For this component, learners must study:

  • One film from the classical Hollywood period (1940s and 1950s)
  • Two Hollywood films produced since the 1960s (a two-film study)
  • One contemporary American independent film (produced after 2010)
  • Two British films, one produced between 1930 and 1960 and the other more recent (a comparative study).

Component 2 - Varieties of Film

For this component, learners must study:

  • Two films representing different film movements, including at least one silent film option
  • One documentary film
  • Two international, non-English language films, one European and one from outside Europe
  • One compilation of short films.

Component 3 - Production

The production may take the form of either a short film or a screenplay for a short film. The screenplay must be accompanied by a digitally-photographed storyboard of a key sequence from the screenplay in order to demonstrate how the screenplay will be realised. Learners must also provide an evaluative analysis of the production, which analyses and evaluates the production in relation to other professionally-produced films or screenplays.

Course assessment

Written examinations and coursework.


Recommended textbooks to be advised by your tutor. Access to DVD and video player. Extensive use will be made of the Internet and relevant websites will be an important source of material to study this course.


Higher Education to study film, journalism, teaching, work with local journalist agencies.


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