Film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form. The Diploma Program film course aims to develop students’ skills so that they become adept in both interpreting and making film texts. Through the study and analysis of film texts and exercises in film-making, the Diploma Program film course explores film history, theory and socio-economic background. At the core of the IB Film course lies a concern with clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis that is achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of film.

This is an advanced course in film studies. Students who take this course, which is part of the International Baccalaureate Program, will be required to demonstrate mastery of a wide range of skills in film analysis, theory and production. The emphasis for coursework will be production-oriented; however, students will also be required to submit three components to the IB Organization for external assessment: a research dossier on a question of film theory or history in the form of a documentary screenplay; an oral presentation of a sequence from a prescribed film, and a completed student film project accompanying production portfolio (and trailer for HL students). This course satisfies the Group 6 requirement for IB Diploma candidates.

A general overview of the final assessments at SL and HL are given below, and additional information can be found for each by going to the Assessment tab in this section of the An Eye for Film website.




The aims of all subjects in group 6, the arts are to enable students to:

1. enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts

2. become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts

3. understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts

4. explore and value the diversity of the arts across time, place and cultures

5. express ideas with confidence and competence

6. develop perceptual and analytical skills.

The film course at SL and HL aims to develop in students the skills necessary to achieve creative and critical independence in their knowledge, experience and enjoyment of film. The aims are to promote:

7. an appreciation and understanding of film as a complex art form

8. an ability to formulate stories and ideas in film terms

9. the practical and technical skills of production

10. critical evaluation of film productions by the student and by others

11. a knowledge of film-making traditions in more than one country.



Having followed the film course at SL or HL, students are expected to demonstrate:

1. an understanding of the variety of ways in which film creates meaning

2. an understanding and effective use of appropriate film language

3. originality and creativity in developing an idea through the various stages of film-making, from conception to finished production

4. technical skills and an appropriate use of available technology

5. the ability to draw together knowledge, skills, research and experience, and apply them analytically to evaluate film texts

6. a critical understanding of the historical, theoretical, sociocultural, economic and institutional contexts of film in more than one country

7. the ability to research, plan and organize working processes

8. the ability to reflect upon and evaluate film production processes and completed film texts.

Please note that the term “film texts” includes films and television programs.