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Fees: IB Exam Fee as appropriate. If there is a concern about the cost, please see the ASB bookkeeper or your counselor.

Learning Recommendations: The use of technology in class is extensive. Students will need to be sufficiently computer literate to edit and present projects.

General Description: The IB Film SL course aims to develop students' skills so that they become adept in both understanding and making films. Through the study and analysis of films and exercises in filmmaking, the course explores film history, theory, and the cultural context in which films are made and received. Throughout the course, students will analyze how meaning is created and communicated using film language. Students will study popular, independent, foreign, and classic films. After deconstructing these films down to their basic elements, students will use this understanding to build their own films that tell engaging stories.


  • Part 1 - Textual Analysis, Film Theory, and History:  the study of films and film sequences using film language and filmmaking traditions
  • Part 2 - Creative Process: working collaboratively to develop creative and purposeful films through writing, planning, directing, shooting, editing, and producing films

Content Note: Some films viewed will not be rated or will be rated R by the MPAA. Generally an R rating is given for language, violence, and/or nudity. Films will not be watched that are inappropriate, contain gratuitous sex/violence, or are not regarded as films that significantly enhance film literacy, but we cannot altogether avoid R-rated material and do justice to the scope and curriculum of this field of study. Guardians will need to give permission for students to view all films that we will potentially view.


  • Understand and use film vocabulary
  • Develop stories and write screenplays
  • Study and identify film elements and techniques
  • Articulate how meaning is created on screen
  • Work independently and as a member of a production group

IB Film Testing Notes

  1. Those testing in IB Film do not take a written test during IB Exams in May. Instead, there are three submissions that are compiled over the course of the year. Those not testing also work on the submissions, but will have several options for completing and submitting these assessments.
  2. Those testing in IB Film must be willing to devote a minimum of 25 hours outside of class time per semester for the needed production demands of the IB assessments.

Equipment to be provided by Student: None