WJEC Film Studies
What is the course about?
The course is designed to deepen students’ understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. They will study film deriving from a variety of production contexts and experienced in a variety of viewing situations. As well as this, students will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, as well as developing their creativity and practical skills.
Students are able to explore the relationship between the film and the individual by exploring how films create meanings and produce both intellectual and emotional responses. Additionally, students will look at the aesthetics and sensory qualities of film and how they help to shape meanings for the viewer.
The course will also introduce students to the diverse range of film forms and styles developed in different places throughout the history of cinema. Students will study significant film movements and aspects of national cinemas to allow their interest in film culture to taken forward in lifelong learning.
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1: Exploring Film Form (Coursework-20% (40%))
· An analysis of the use of micro features in a film extract
· A creative project
· A reflective analysis
Unit 2: British and American Film (Examination 30% (60%))
· Students will one question from each of the following sections:
-Producers and Audiences
-Working Title Films
Unit 3: Film Research and Creative Projects (25%)
· Students will research a project of their own choice and produce a presentation based on it
· A creative project
Unit 4: Issues and Debates (25%)
· Students will answer one question from each of the following sections:
-World Cinema topics
-Critical Study of ‘Fight Club’
How will this course help me in the future?
In a world where media is an ever-expanding industry, Film Studies provides students with an insight one of its most influential and successful areas and provides a solid framework for studying Film or Media at a higher level, such as University.
As a subject, it has inextricable links with both English Literature and Theatre Studies, and develops analytical and essay-writing skills. Additionally, Film Studies is a subject that by its nature requires students to consider individual, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. The course allows students to address these issues.