Film Studies BA (Hons)


If you want to take an interest in film and develop the professional skills for a career in the film industry, this BA (Hons) Film Studies degree course will put you on the right track.

You’ll look at everything from Hollywood blockbusters to Vimeo shorts and international film culture. You’ll develop the critical tools to understand film’s historic influence, its pioneers and moguls, its auteurs and its audiences. And you'll get insight into working practices, business models and creative roles within the industry.

The course gives you the skills and abilities to take on roles across the film industry, such as script writing, film reviewing, marketing and public relations.

What you'll experience

On this Film Studies degree course you’ll:

  • Explore the present, past and possible future of films
  • Get insight from published writers and develop skills in applied research, video production, marketing and film journalism
  • Work on your own films, drafting scripts and learning how to use cameras and editing suites
  • Get access to Box of Broadcasts, the British Universities Film & Video Council's on demand TV and radio service
  • Tailor your studies to focus on the areas of film that interest you most, by choosing modules that match your career ambitions
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Film, Genre and Adaptation
  • Screen Research
  • Screening Europe
  • Spectacular Hollywood
  • Understanding Film Production (1)
  • Writing for the Film and TV Industries

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules

  • British Cinema
  • World and Transnational Cinema
  • Hollywood and Beyond

Optional modules

  • Production: Camera
  • Production Short Filmmaking
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • Study Abroad
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies
  • Researching Genre

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement between your second and third years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules

  • Film and Media Dissertation, or
  • Practical Video Project

    Optional modules

    • Gender, Sexuality and Cinema
    • Marketing Movies
    • Media Fan Cultures
    • Representing Science in the Media
    • Researching Animation
    • Studying Comedy


    Teaching methods on this course include:

    • workshops
    • seminars
    • lectures
    • one-to-one tutorials
    • practical performance sessions

    How you’re assessed

    You’ll be assessed through:

    • essays
    • presentations
    • video productions
    • film scripts
    • reports
    • a research portfolio
    • examinations
    • dissertation or video project

    You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

    You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

    The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

    • Year 1 students: 3% by practical exams and 97% by coursework
    • Year 2 students: 3% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 85% by coursework
    • Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

    Careers and opportunities

    When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

    What jobs can you do with a Film Studies degree?

    Roles our previous graduates have gone on to include:

    • film marketing consultant
    • scriptwriter
    • advertising journalist
    • film reviewer
    • video producer
    • PR and communications officer

    Organisations they've gone on to work for include:

    • BBC
    • Warner Bros
    • Universal Pictures International

    Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

    After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

    BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
    September Start
    Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
    3 years Duration

    Entry Requirements For This Course

    104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

    English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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