film rochesterFilm and Media Studies are now very well established with a track record of outstanding results. Good Schools Award for Film Studies A level results were secured in 2007 2008 and 2012. In September 2008 we were one of the first UK schools to offer GCSE Film Studies to its students and in 2012 won The Good Schools Guide award for best GCSE results. Combining academic and practical work including screen writing and film journalism these A levels and GCSEs are an exciting alternative to more traditional subjects. The teaching provided by College tutors is supplemented by visiting speakers and industry practitioners. This year these included a seminar run at the College by the British Board of Film Classification.





ric goes to the movies

Rochester Independent College students enjoy the industrial quality light and magic of the movies without ever leaving the campus.

RIC has converted a room in the Middle School into a stunning state of the art cinema complete with a SIM2 C3X 3 chip projector and electric 10ft screen. A 7.1 surround sound configuration is controlled by a Pioneer AX4i THX Select 2 system. The new installation is an awesome combination of digital surround sound and big screen picture with a clarity and fidelity seldomly seen in the classroom.

The system also features a 50 inch wall mounted plasma screen television and is used by A level and GCSE Film and Media students as well as by the College’s residential boarders for relaxing in the evening.

best boarding school for film studiesRIC was proud this year to host the premiere of the first film produced, directed and starring a group of our A level students. Filmed on location in the local area ‘Fragile Society’ is a bleakly dystopian vision of the future. Click here for the full movie and here for the facebook page for the film which demonstrates how the talented team of cinerats are as adept at viral marketeering and industry style promotional strategy as they are at film making itself!

Click here for a short film- ‘The Void‘- made by Sophie Durrant as part of her A level Film Studies coursework. It’s a cheery take on the essential loneliness of human existence, filmed on location in the Medway Towns! Student films from 2009 are available on our dedicated RIC youtube channel here.


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