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What is Film Studies A-level like?
What is the course like?
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If you have a very strong (very very very strong) passion for film making and the desire to study more about the film industry I think it’s a great subject to study.Personally I only liked film from the brief passion of film you have by watching movies. I committed to studying a level film and I regret it with my whole heart. It’s a subject that only students who are pursuing a career in the arts field should consider and not those of academic subjects, it’s almost a waste of a subject if your going off to uni to study business, law or medicine.
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Just offering a different perspective! I studied Film at A Level and got an A, then went onto study it at University and graduated with a 1st. I loved it. It's really theoretical and not just watching movies. I know at 6th Form a lot of people signed up to it because they thought it'd just be watching films all the time - not so!

You definitely do spend time watching films and considering the different elements at play (style / narrative etc). The most interesting part of film studies though, is looking at social / historical contexts and theories etc. At least it was for me! You'll find Film at A Level is a really good vehicle to explore tons of other subjects. You'll use an analytical approach not too dissimilar to what you'd use when studying literature. I studied English Lit alongside Film, and I constantly found concepts from each creeping into the other.

Hope that helps!
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I think you'll find that A Level Film Studies is more about exploring how and why films are made but also has a practical element of about 30 percent. Its also not dissimilar to studying literature in part. I think it's more when you consider Film at Uni that it really matters because there is a definite divide then between a degree in Film Studies and other Film degrees which are often very practical in nature. However, there are some unis e.g. Bristol, Leeds, Royal Holloway, Edinburgh and Newcastle that have degrees which incorporate Film and these are both practical and academic. I have a friend who took A Level Film Studies and hated it as he expected it to be all practical. I'm not actually sure there is an A Level in Film that is entirely practical mind. Good luck!
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