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Pre International Baccalaureate (IB) film studies is a course that aims to prepare the student for the artistic and analytical requirements of the IB Diploma Programme. It allows the student to explore the different components of the storytelling process in terms of film language, technology, art and reflection. Students are encouraged to engage in creative processes that are at once challenging and new to their traditional ways of thinking.

The IB film course focus and outcomes enables learners to:

  • acquire an understanding of the variety of ways in which film creates meaning
  • develop an understanding of and be able to apply appropriate film language effectively
  • effectively develop an idea through the various stages of film-making, from conception to finished production
  • apply technical skills and an appropriate use of available technology
  • draw together knowledge, skills, research and experience, and apply them analytically to evaluate film texts in terms of:
    • cinematic elements and storytelling techniques
    • historical, theoretical, socio-cultural, economic and institutional contexts of film in more than one country, time and environment
  • reflect upon and evaluate film production processes and completed film texts.

These activities prepare students for the IB Diploma by:

  • introducing students to the language of film to communicate on a personal level by encouraging an aesthetic appreciation of the medium of film
  • solving problems that provide solutions during design, production and post-production phases of work
  • broadening students' relationships and interpretations of the human condition (culture/history/politics) through the artistic medium
  • engaging students in other art forms to broaden their skill basis and appreciation of film as an evolving art form
  • engaging in the use of and application of technology to be an effective storytelling device.

 2016 QACI Alumni, Natasha Bailey and Bailey Roth – Why Film?