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Film Studies

This course is designed to deepen your understanding and appreciation of film. We study 11 different films looking at their social, cultural, political and  historical contexts. Narrative structures, critical debates, filmmakers’ theories and ideologies behind the films are also explored, along with how filmmaking techniques can create different meanings for viewers.

Subject content

In your first year you will study two Hollywood films, one from the Classical Hollywood period and one from the New Hollywood period. You will then study a recently-released mainstream film and an independent film. You will also study two global films to broaden your film knowledge and understanding of foreign language film. In the second year, British Film and Documentary Film  will be studied alongside film movements such as Silent Cinema and Experimental Film looking at their stylistic developments in film history

You will study the following films during your Film Studies course:
• Amy • Beasts of the Southern Wild • Blade Runner • City of God
• Pan’s Labyrinth • Selma • Strike • This is England • Trainspotting
• Vertigo • Vivre Sa Vie

WJEC Film Studies course specifications

Learning methods

Lessons will typically consit of film screening, lectures, discussions and essay writing.

There is a creative coursework component which allows you to create a screenplay for a short film (1,600-1,800 words) plus a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay.

An evaluative analysis is to be written, reflecting on your finished product.


Assessment is 70% examination, 30% coursework. You will also be assessed by written essays, homework, creative projects, group work, individual work and presentations.

Progression opportunities

Film Studies is an excellent complementary subject to Media, English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law, History, and Art and Design.

Students on the Film Studies course can  progress onto a variety of film or media-related careers such as a producer, director, director of photography, editor, set designer, audio engineer, Foley artist, light technician, film critic, special  effects specialist, visual effects specialist, props and wardrobe manager, location manager, teacher or screenplay writer as well as having the chance to study Film Studies/Film and Media Production at Higher Education level.


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