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In Short

Film is the most important new communication tool of the last 100 years. From Alice in Wonderland to Avatar, Bogart to Bond, Charlie Chaplin to Charlize Theron, film stars, characters and the stories they represent have reflected the ideas and events of the times in which they were produced. Film is a global medium that has developed its own universally-recognised language and Film Studies is the ideal course to explore and understand the techniques employed by film producers and directors to project the diversity of people and cultures in today’s world on to our cinema screens.

 

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 (C) including Maths and English.

 

Course Content

Film is the most important new communication tool of the last 100 years and is a global medium that has developed its own universally-recognised language. This is the ideal course to explore and understand the techniques employed by film producers and directors to project the diversity of people and cultures in today’s world onto our cinema screens. AS units • Exploring film form – a study of the language and craft techniques of film making • British and American film the development of the relationship between film producers and audiences A2 units • Film research and creative projects • Film experience (issues and debates) – the cinema from three perspectives: world cinema, spectatorship, close study film

 

Progression

The majority of students who have previously completed this course have progressed to university degree-level programmes such as Screenwriting, Creative Writing, Film Studies, English Literature, English and American Studies and a number of film, television and animation courses at places as diverse as Aberystwyth, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Ravensbourne (London) and more locally at Bournemouth and Southampton. Many are now employed in broadcast television and some in the film production and exhibition sectors of the rapidly growing creative industries. Contrary to popular hearsay, the A-levels in Film Studies and Media Studies are fully recognised qualifications for entry into 95% of universities and respected by employers as evidence of focussed academic study and commitment from students over the two-year period.

 

Fees

If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. • If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email igs@weymouth.ac.uk

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