Film Studies

Sixth Form: International Baccalaureate

Film Studies is offered to Sixth Form students at both Standard and Higher Level as part of the International Baccalaureate.  Over the two year course, classes cover key aspects of Film Theory, History and Production.

Students get to experience a wide range of moving image texts from different cultures and time periods; through their exploration of cinema, students gain an awareness of the socio-political impact films have made on society and vice versa.  Early Cinema is explored, as is the process of how films first came into being.  The Hollywood Star System, Soviet Cinema and Film Noir also feature as parts of the course.  Students learn to decode the language of cinema through analysis of mis-en-scene, cinematography, lighting, performance, editing and sound and use this knowledge when learning to write and produce their own films.

Some of the key cinematic movements are explored through films such as ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘The Great Train Robbery’, ‘A Trip to the Moon’ and ‘Battleship Potemkin’.

Assessment takes place in Year 13 and is comprised of three pieces of coursework: a short, original film, an independent study and a presentation.  Higher Level students will also produce a film trailer.  The course develops all key areas of the IB Learner Profile, but particularly enhances abilities in risk taking, communication and self-reflection.