Key Stage 4
Taking the most practical elements of Media Studies, Film Studies is a very popular course with our most vocational students. At Key Stage 5, Students make Movies and marketing campaigns as well as create semiotic readings of their favourite films. They can also create music videos and magazine articles for their own creations. Key Stage 4 is structured the same, but without the heavier reliance on written work.
As a GCSE option, students create a two minute section of a film they design after they have researched their chosen genre and storyboarded their work. They create a critical analysis of their work as well as annotating work that has inspired them. Their work is of an exceptional quality and can be seen proudly displayed around the King John School.
Key Stage 5
Film Studies is a popular subject in the sixth form for students who have a passion for film. In the subject students learn film theory and have the opportunity of making their own films. The course covers British and American Cinema In AS-Level film and World Cinema, Popular Film and Emotional Response and a film chosen by the exam board. Students are offered the opportunity to go on school trips to Hollywood and London. Film Studies is an excellent subject to combine with English, Psychology, Drama and Theatre Studies and Sociology. The department has excellent facilities for students to complete their production work.
The department also offers a trip to Hollywood, California every year where pupils get taken on VIP tours of the major studios (Warner Bros, Sony and Universal) as well as work with film cameras at the NY Film Academy.
“The Hollywood Trip is open for all Media and Film students at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.”