General Reading 9 - Passage 2
Oxford Tutorial College
A 'A' Level Film Studies specifications are designed to deepen students' understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film. A wide range of films is studied and students are encouraged to explore the artistic, cultural and economic meanings produced by the form. Film Studies combines well with a variety of other subjects, including Modern Languages, Art and Design and Art History.
B The emphasis is on visual storytelling and audience response. As such, the course develops skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection, which may be taken forward into degree courses for arts, humanities, media and related fields. Film Studies 'A' level also provides a strong base for progression to undergraduate studies in Film Theory, Film Criticism and Film History.
C Students of Film Studies are not required to have completed a GCSE in a related subject prior to undertaking 'A' level, though a grade C or better in English Language is recommended. Some experience of textual analysis such as in literature or humanities would be very helpful, particularly if the student aims to complete the course in one year. Prospective students of this subject should certainly have an interest in a broad range of films, including non Hollywood films.
D The course tutor is Andrew Hogan, who is a Media Studies graduate of Luton University. His life-long passion for film has led him into teaching, and into a variety of film-related jobs, most notably as education officer for the Oxford art house cinema The Phoenix Picture House. He is currently teaching himself 16mm cinematography and attempting to watch at least two new films a day.
E Students wishing to re-take Film Studies can do so over a year with the exam being taken in June. Time is taken to consolidate and improve on knowledge and skills which were lacking the first time round. Where the modular results have been uneven the better marks can be retained, with concentration focused solely on those modules in which the candidate under-performed.
F Film Studies is normally structured to combine small seminar groups with individual tuition. The induction period develops students' own understanding of their experience as film viewers. The relationship between spectator and film underpins the approach to cinema for this specification. Students normally attend four group seminars a week and also receive one hour of individual tuition per week to support group discussions and independent work required by the coursework units.
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