IB DP Film Studies

Film Studies is a diploma subject within the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP) provision we offer at key stage 5.

The course can be studied at either standard or higher level. Higher level involves an extra assessment task – making a short film.

The film syllabus consists of the following core areas:

  • Reading film

SL and HL students will examine film as an art form, studying a broad range of film texts from a variety of cultural contexts and will analyze how film elements combine to create meaning.

  • Contextualizing film

SL and HL students will explore the evolution of film across time, space and culture. Students will examine various areas of film focus in order to recognize the similarities and differences that exist between films from contrasting cultural contexts.

  • Exploring film production roles

SL and HL students will explore various film production roles through engagement with all phases of the filmmaking process in order to fulfil their own filmmaker intentions. Students will acquire, develop and apply skills through filmmaking exercises, experiments and completed films.

  • Collaboratively producing film (HL only)

HL students will focus on the collaborative aspects of filmmaking and experience working in core production teams in order to fulfil shared artistic intentions. They will work in chosen film production roles and contribute to all phases of the filmmaking process in order to collaboratively create original completed films.

 

External/ Internal

SL

HL

Textual analysis

Students at SL and HL demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how meaning is constructed in film. They do this through a written analysis of a prescribed film text based on a chosen extract (lasting no more than five minutes) from that film. Students consider the cultural context of the film and a variety of film elements.

Students submit the following.

  1. A textual analysis (1,750 words maximum) and a list of all sources used.

External

30%

20%

Comparative study

Students at SL and HL carry out research into a chosen area of film focus, identifying and comparing two films from within that area and presenting their discoveries as a recorded multimedia comparative study.

Students submit the following.

  1. A recorded multimedia comparative study (10 minutes maximum).
  2. A list of all sources used.

External

30%

20%

Film portfolio

Students at SL and HL undertake a variety of film-making exercises in three film production roles, led by clearly defined filmmaker intentions. They acquire and develop practical skills and techniques through participation in film exercises, experiments and the creation of at least one completed film.

Students submit the following.

  1. Portfolio pages (9 pages maximum: 3 pages maximum per film production role) and a list of all sources used.
  2. A film reel (9 minutes maximum: 3 minutes maximum per film production role, including one completed film).

Internal

40%

25%

Collaborative film project (HL only)

Bringing together all they have encountered during the film course, students at HL work collaboratively in a core production team to plan and create an original completed film.

Students submit the following.

  1. A completed film (7 minutes maximum).
  2. A project report (2,000 words maximum) and a list of all sources used.

Internal

 

35%

   

100%

100%