Film is a chance to explore different geographical and historical cultures and contexts, while learning and array of filmmaking techniques and skills
The Film Programme allows students to develop their skills based on key artistic influences from around the world. Students always get the opportunity to create film in a variety of genres and styles, using film technologies and software that is industry standard.
Students work with Pinewood Studios (who make the James Bond and Star Wars films, amongst others) and get input from industry mentors. The art they produce is submitted to the European Student Film Festival. Being nominated means being recognised on an international stage, with their films shown in a cinema to a large audience.
Film is a relatively new artform, based on the traditions of visual arts, theatre and literature, so students at ACS Hillingdon get to explore a wide range of styles and artistic influences. Students will be inspired by travelling through time and around the globe to explore artists work in different cultural contexts.
They will learn about the context and setting for some of the most exciting stories in human history, before deconstructing the techniques the artists employed in order to create meaning in their films. Students always get the chance to create their own artistic expressions and share their stories. They will learn to become directors, cinematographers, editors, sound designers and screenwriters while learning professional creative filmmaking techniques.
Film begins in Lower School technology classes, with photography and filmmaking techniques. In Middle School filmmaking is a significant part of an exciting STEAM curriculum, including a “discovery week” opportunity to see the sets of the Harry Potter Films. In High School, film cumulates in the IBDP Film programme, part of the IB Diploma and IB Careers programme. The IBCP Film Package at ACS Hillingdon includes Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation & VFX.
IBCP Careers related film studies
As part of the the IB Career Programme (IBCP), ACS Hillingdon has a unique partnership with Pinewood Studios located close to the school, offering career-related internships in some of the creative skills involved in film production currently make-up and prosthetics. Students in the IBCP develop skills that are genuinely valued by employers as well as gain valuable real-life work experience. Students taking the film courses as part of the IBCP can also chose film-related themes for their reflective projects e.g. Environmental Impact of Film Locations, Body Image in Films (Unrealistic Expectations).
With Pinewood studios so close at hand ACS Hillingdon is delighted to extend these options to students interested in film. (theatre options with LAMDA also available) More will undoubtedly follow.