We can't wait to welcome you to Andover College in September! 

We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what taking Film Studies at Andover College is like. Scroll down to watch the an introductory presentation put together by your lecturer Donna before trying your hand at the Storyboard challenge and film grammar worksheet. 

We would love to see your ideas and results so please send them back to andoverapplicantwelcome@sparsholt.ac.uk with Film Studies as the email heading!  

Check out the pictures of all the trips and extra-curricular activities our students get to experience along with all the help and support we can provide through our experienced Careers and Health & Wellbeing teams. 

New Activities!

Take a look at the resources below and think about the implication of film and media in the current situation regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. Engage your critical thinking skills and analyse different sources and their apparent trustworthiness on such important topics. 

Make sure you let us know how you get on! 

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About the course

Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Applicants wishing to study film will naturally bring their own passions and enthusiasm to this already dynamic subject area. At Andover College your Film Studies course incorporates both academic thinking and analysis with practical creative production as you will be tasked with creating a short film or writing a screenplay as part of your ongoing assessments. 

In preparation for college in September Film Studies lecturer, Donna, has put together a variety of activities for you to get started with! 

Firstly, check out the interactive presentation introducing you to the subject of 'Film Forms' and accompanying activity challenging you to create your own photographic storyboard, using the template provided, see below. Be sure to send us your results to andoverapplicantwelcome@sparsholt.ac.uk with Film Studies as the email header. 

Make sure to also take a look at the 'Grammar of Film' document which defines some commonly used shorthand in film studies and the wider industry to aid your understanding. 

Student Work!

Previous examples of student work focusing on writing a screenplay - have a look below! 

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Additional Resources

The Open University has a variety of free online courses available to work on prior to your start in September. Full catalogue available here. 

Future Learn and Coursera also have a variety of courses available. 

In particular we recommend the following: 

  • Explore Film making: from Script to Screen - here. 

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  • Future Learn and University of East Anglia: An Introduction to Screenwriting: Here. 
  • Writing the Short: Write a shootable short screenplay in 5 weeks: Here. 

Trips and Visits! 

As a student of Film Studies lecturers take every opportunity to get you involved in trips and enrichment activities. In recent years students have been to Prague, New York, Disneyland Paris and Berlin. Each location is chosen for its link to course content and industry relevance.

Disneyland Paris runs a Media Live! Conference every year with a host of speakers from all different media and film backgrounds, offering insights into possible career choices. We also use this location as an opportunity to explore the city of Paris and it’s many recognisable film locations. New York offers a huge variety of iconic film and TV landmarks to explore as well the prestigious Museum of Moving Image and is home to some of America’s most recognisable TV studios. 

Take a look at the pictures below showing all these exciting locations you might get a chance to visit! 

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Film Studies student Harry outside the Reichstag Building in Berlin! 

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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin. 

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Video Game Museum in Berlin!

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Film Studies students in Paris!

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NYC Museum of Moving Image 

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The Friends Apartment building in NYC!

Our Courses: 

A-Level in Film Studies (2 Years)

Careers Guidance 

Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college. 

Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Andover College! 

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We also have our Sun Progression Mentor Anna! 

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Anna works alongside the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to help students recognise the routes of progression available to them, and to continue their journey in education! 

We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna! 

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Student wellbeing and support 

At Andover College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible. 

We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including; 

  • Counselling 
  • Carer support 
  • Childcare support 
  • Confidential one-to-one services 

We have also recently introduced two new members to the wellbeing team ... Arlo and Romeo the Therapy Dogs!

Arlo and Romeo are part of the continued effort from Andover College to consistently improve on and add to provisions for students. They are based on campus with their owners throughout term.

Research has shown that students are significantly less stressed and anxious, and even have increased happiness and energy, immediately following spending time in a drop-in session with a dog present. What good boys!

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Social Media 

We love to post about all our students on our platforms including their achievements, trips and excellent work - take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube! 

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Ready for more... 

BBC Writersroom is running a free online 'Introduction to Screenwriting' course in partnership with the University of East Anglia and Future Learn. Have a look and let us know how you get on! 

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Career Inspiration!

Career Inspiration!

Not already applied? 

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