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Film Studies, BA

Lancaster University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Lancaster
English
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Program description

Film Studies, BA

Your degree recognises cinema’s role as a major cultural form and investigates film through a variety of approaches. You’ll examine cinema’s aesthetic, social and political importance in the context of an increasingly visual and media-orientated culture, while also investigating the intersections between contemporary art, theatre, dance, music, sound and film.

Film at Lancaster provides a framework for the close analysis of individual films. You will study cinema history and the social significance of films and will develop a detailed understanding of the techniques of film production. While Film Studies is primarily an academic program, students have the opportunity to make their own digital film in all three years of the course. We have excellent technical resources, including digital editing equipment. You can choose from a range of modules and will develop skills that can lead to postgraduate study and careers in the media, advertising and marketing.

Admission requirements

Grade Requirements

  • A Level ABB
  • Required Subjects Film, Media or one other humanities subject considered desirable but not essential
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component.

Other Qualifications

  • International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
  • BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Core

  • Fundamentals: Contemporary Arts and Design
  • Fundamentals: Film (part 1)
  • Fundamentals: Film (part 2)
  • Introduction to Film Studies

Year 2

Core

  • Critical Reflections in Creative Arts
  • Hollywood and beyond: Global cinema

Optional

  • Documentary Film: History and Theory
  • European New Wave Cinema
  • Film and Comic Books
  • Short Film Production
  • What Is The Contemporary?
  • Women Film Makers

Year 3

Core

  • Dissertation

Optional

  • Advanced Film Theory
  • Apocalypse Then: New Hollywood Cinema
  • Contemporary Hong Kong Cinema
  • Creative Enterprise
  • Experimental Cinema: Theory and Practice
  • Silent Cinema

Tuition fees

  • For UK students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £19,930 per year

Career opportunities

While this degree is not a practical training program in filmmaking, recent Film Studies graduates have gone into production roles at the BBC, ITV and MTV, independent film production and jobs in advertising, marketing and media production.

Film Studies graduates are well placed to pursue postgraduate vocational training in media-related professions, such as broadcast and print journalism, or take their skills into promotional and marketing roles. Many of our graduates go on to further vocational training in film production, including the prestigious New York Film Academy and London Film School. Some Film Studies graduates have gone into teaching, or pursued postgraduate study and research in Film.

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Lancaster University is located in the northwest of England near the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool. It was established in 1964 as a collegiate university with a reputation for innovation. Lancaster is one of the few UK universities to...


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