The Cinema Audio-Visual

It is a tertiary option. It is open to all learners of the school from Grade 10 regardless of the section and option they are in.

Timetable: 3 hours.

  • Because we try to enter a modern form of communication by wanting to understand the inherent messages shown to us on television and at the cinema.
  • Because we envisage a career in which audio-visual skills are a strength with journalism, advertising and other professions linked to this form of communication.
  • Because a career in audio-visual or cinematic industry is a distinct possibility.
  • Reflection on an image, initiation in to the analysis of documents such as photographs and film sequences, introduction to new technologies and the history of cinema.
  • The use of filming equipment, both still and movie cameras, microphones and movie making software with a view to producing short documentaries.
  • The classes are taught by teachers from the school with professional partners who are specialised in this discipline.
  • It is important that the learner is highly motivated and wants to immerse himself in this option as it requires a huge personal effort.
  • Reflection on cinema language.
  • Elements of the history of cinema.
  • Production of an audio-visual documentary.

The work done in the elective will count towards the Baccalaureate under the same conditions as the other university electives.

The exam will take place in 2  parts:

First part: the candidate will write an essay in response to a question on a cinema based production assignment for the year. The candidate will illustrate their exposé with film extracts and documents drawn from a log book used for the production.

Second part: a jury will conduct an interview with the aim of testing theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the year and the reflection of the candidate on the questions which are an integral part of the grade 12 curriculum.

Opportunities after the course

The same opportunities that other subjects hold is true for this option for every graduate however, some post BAC qualifications in cinema require a scientific baccalaureate as follow:

  • BTS image and Son
  • The entrance examination (BAC+2) to the Louis Lumière National School includes tests in Mathematics and Physics, level S.

Other training offered to those who hold the BAC:

  • University training 1st and 2nd cycle.
  • The BTS

Several BTS are linked to audio-visual and cinema subjects such as montage, picture, sound, production administration, management and maintenance of audio-visual material.

The top schools:

The top training schools which one can enter after entrance examinations when you are getting a new degree:

  • The FEMIS (National superior school of work in picture and sound) in Paris trains in all jobs to do with audio-visual and cinema. Recruitment for this school is done at the level of BAC+2 with an arts bias.
  • The Louis Lumière national school offers advanced technical training.
  • Preparatory classes are offered at the FEMIS and the Louis Lumière national school in the Nantes, Paris 1, Paris 3 and Nancy campuses.
  • The national school of photography in Arles.
  • The Marseille school of journalism and communication which offers a diploma in journalism and communication (written, radio, television)
  • And a lot of other French and foreign schools.

2017-2018 works

Discover 2 short movies of CAV option students to illustrate 2 themes:
– Boredom
– Superficial
in reference to the work of Jean Vigo and his film “A propos de Nice” 1930

“When he and Boris Kaufman (brother of Dziga Vertov) shoot the first shots of” A propos de Nice, “Jean Vigo reveals himself as a discoverer, a pioneer, celebrating cinema as a fairground art. From attempts to attempts, this first opus of the work will take shape freely until it becomes both a film poem and a cry of anti-conformist and political anger.” Philippe Bonnaves, Blog documentaire.