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Samuel Whitbread Academy

Film & Media

Curriculum Intent

Many consider Film to be the main cultural innovation of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. As a medium, Film has the ability to connect audiences on a global scale, inspiring a plethora of responses from the emotional to the reflective. This shared experience of submerging into a diegesis together, encourages empathy and respect, and provides an increased understanding of diversity.

Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering students the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a powerful medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.

Our course is designed to introduce learners to a wide variety of films, in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of British, American and Global cinema, from the last 100 years, with a focus on social, political, ideological and historical contexts, alongside technological advancements. Our curriculum intends to empower students with the ability to critically analyse and provides them with the opportunity to create meaning for themselves, developing their burgeoning technical and creative skills whilst undertaking culturally rich production- based experiences, in the local community. 




Year 9 - Film Studies Curriculum Presentation


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