The course is divided into three parts: textual analysis, film theory and history, and creative process. Each one has it's own rationale, expected outcomes and form of assessment.


  • Students will be expected to move between close textual analysis of specific scenes and analysis of films as a whole, contextualizing meaning within a larger framework.
  • Students will use the key concepts of language, genre, audience, institution, narrative and representation to generate initial questions about the texts they are subjecting to analysis.
  • Textual analysis will involve commenting upon such elements as the following, and on relationships between them: structure, character representation, acting, shot composition, editing, lighting, sound, location, set design and target audience, as well as various historical, economic and socio-cultural factors.


  • Students are expected to learn about films from more than one culture/country.
  • Students will consider and defend their answers to such questions as:
    • Who made this?
    • Why?
    • What tradition is it in?
    • What outside influences can be perceived?
    • For whom was it made?
  • The students will deal with a prescribed list of film texts both classic and contemporary to explore various aspects of film theory.


Students will gain practical experiences in all the aspects of film production.

  • Initial Planning: finding the idea, research, screenplay development, pitch and approval.
  • Technical Planning: conceptualization, visualization, production scheduling, editing and sound design strategies.
  • Physical Production: pre-production, principal photography, post-production.


Suggested course teaching hours over the two years as suggested by the IB Organization are given below.