IB Diploma

Film SL

Film SL develops students’ skills so that they become adept in interpreting and making film texts. Through the analysis of film texts and exercises in film-making, the course explores film history and theory. It also develops students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the variety of cultural and historical perspectives in film.

17 Units 183 Lessons 2 Years

Course structure

The course covers the following topics:

Year 1

  • Course Overview
  • The Magic Lantern
  • There Was This Guy
  • The Dark Side
  • A Funny Thing Happened
  • Single Vision
  • Lenses of Truth
  • We’ve Got Rhythm
  • Shafts of Light


Year 2

  • Shafts of Light
  • ME Watching You
  • Breaking all the Rules
  • The Human Heart
  • This Town Ain’t Big Enough
  • A New Set of Eyes
  • To the Stars
  • Final Take


What is different in taking Film SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • choose an art class that may not be offered at their school
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • exchange ideas with people from very different backgrounds
  • use technology much more than in a face-to-face environment, especially in their communication tools
  • add flexibility to their timetable


Activities and assessment

Every activity has its own assessment rubric but the IB Film markbands will serve as the primary means of scoring. Students may create screenplays to later produce into film productions; create storyboards and other pre-production elements to previsualize their future productions; produce a video montage introducing a selected subject matter; create a one-minute video without dialogue that includes at least two characters and a dinner table; produce a chase sequence where a character transitions between different places and time periods that are unconnected in reality; create a spy film using foley recordings and original sound design; produce an experimental film where students can incorporate animation, visual effects, and sound design; write an essay analyzing how film language creates meaning in a five-minute extract from a film; produce a video essay comparing films or filmmakers from different cultures or periods in cinematic history.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed, we recommend students set aside five to six hours a week.

Students will need camera equipment (from a DSLR to a recent model phone with a strong camera) that has manual focus and a way to capture audio/video, a sturdy tripod and non-linear editing software such as iMovie, Final Cut or Premiere, as basic requirements. A lighting kit and recording device (handheld or microphone) would be excellent additions.

Benefits to students

Taking Film SL online will enable students to:

  • enhance their passion for the subject
  • deepen their understanding of the how and why of filmmaking
  • develop intercultural understanding which is sought by the world’s top universities
  • develop 21st century skills like time management, communication and digital literacy which are much in demand by employers

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