Film Studies is an exciting option subject offered at Deptford Green School. It is a creative subject that encourages analysis and critical thinking – both skills highly valued by universities and employers. Film Studies is an intellectually demanding subject, but at the same time it is highly accessible and great fun to study.
Film Studies encourages students to become more confident and critical in their film consumption; teaching them how to deconstruct and decode film texts and appreciate how they affect viewers and audiences.
Film Studies fits particularly well alongside arts subjects like English, Drama, Art and Humanities, but also offers breadth and contrast next to subjects like Maths, ICT and the Sciences. If you have an interest in popular culture, technology, film and literature then Film Studies may well be for you.
Film Studies – Year 9
The Year 9 Film Studies course offers students an introduction into the world of film. Students have 5 x 60 minute lessons each fortnight.
As part of the Year 9 Film Studies curriculum, students get the chance to participate in the Into Film festival- which in the past has involved preview screenings and workshops in London cinemas.
As well as completing a scaled-down version of the final GCSE coursework, students are encouraged to be creative and explore a range of film styles, genres and directors. Some units of study include:
• Animation- The Nightmare before Christmas
• Film aesthetics- Pan's Labyrinth
• Narrative form- The Princess Bride
• The horror genre- Psycho
• Representations of youth- Kidulthood
Each unit in Year 9 is anchored to a film text. Students can expect to view at least 5 films throughout Year 9 Film Studies.
Film Studies – Years 10 and 11
Following their introductory year, students in Years 10 and 11 follow the WJEC/ Eduqas Film Studies GCSE specification. Students have 5 x 60 minute lessons each fortnight. This is a two-year, linear GCSE course with two 1 hour 30 minute exams at the end of Year 11 and a practical project, which is non-examined, to complete in Year 10. The non-examined assessment (coursework) requires students to write a screenplay and shooting script for a film sequence of a specified genre. This is worth 30% of the students’ total mark, whilst the exams are worth 70%. Award grades are numerical – from 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest).
Students will study a range of high quality films for their exams, which at present include:
• A British film- Attack the Block
• A global English-language film- Slumdog Millionaire
• A non-English language film- Let the Right One In
• A US indie film- Whiplash
• Two Hollywood films from different time periods, as the basis for a comparative study-Rear Window and Witness
Students enjoy a number of contrasting and stimulating films as part of the curriculum and are encouraged to watch a variety of films outside of school as weekly homework tasks. Additional viewings of interesting films out of lesson time are also held after school in Film Club, which students are encouraged to attend.
Viewing and reading lists are provided for students, with recommendations to help them broaden their cinematic knowledge. Students are encouraged to share their viewing experiences and discuss their critical viewpoints with their peers about films seen at the cinema or at home. New films and forthcoming projects are also discussed in lessons, to keep students’ fingers on the pulse of trends and new projects in the film industry.
Head of Film Studies – Mr Watts