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Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

January 2023

September 2023

January 2024

About this program

BA (Hons) Film Studies

Based in one of the world’s top cultural centres, you’ll be close to the British Film Institute’s IMAX, the UK’s largest screen based at London Waterloo, together with the capital’s many other cinemas and home to world-leading film production companies and studios.

You’ll begin with a look at mass media and communications, photography and an introduction to Film Studies. Together with other students at Richmond, you’ll also study disciplines from the Humanities such as Tools for Change and Visual Thinking, all part of the American style, liberal arts approach to education which gives a broad perspective, highly valued by employers.

There’s a specialist emphasis on the history of film, international cinema and the program explores some fascinating film themes, including gender, horror, fantasy and science fiction.

A strong technical and practical element of the degree complements the theoretical side, with classes on topics such as video production, acting and screen writing, and documentary film production.

You’ll gain a global awareness of film and related media through your choice of electives, as you decide what to study from topics like Superhero Cinema, Gender in Film, New Media and Working in the Art World.

There’s the opportunity to do an integrated internship, gaining great experience by working within the film industry.

Admission requirements

  • A Levels: 96 UCAS points
  • US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
  • International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1)
  • BTEC National Diploma: MMM
  • Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum gradeaverage of grade of Cincluding mathematics and English.

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

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Program content

Year 1


  • Foundations of Sociology
  • Foundations of Media Production: Sonic Media
  • Foundations in Photography
  • Foundations of Mass Media & Communications
  • Tools for Change
  • Research and Writing I

Plus one of the following:

  • Visual Thinking
  • Narratives of Change

Year 2


  • Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Digital Society
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Film in the Americas
  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Research and Writing II
  • Social Change in Practice
  • Data Analysis for Social Engagement

Year 3


  • Video Production
  • Photography: Theory & Practice
  • Mainstream Cinema: Studies in Genre
  • Post-Apocalyptic Worlds
  • Social Research

Plus one of the following:

  • American TV Drama
  • Mass Communication & Society
  • Gender in Film
  • Superhero Cinema
  • Psychology & Cinema

Plus one of the following:

  • Service Learning: Digital Collaboration
  • Service Learning: Leadership in a Changing World
  • Service Learning: Environment and Society
  • Service Learning: Global Citizenship and Migration

Year 4


  • Advanced Digital Video
  • Documentary Theory and Production
  • International Cinema
  • From Script to Screen
  • Senior Seminar in Film Studies I
  • Senior Seminar in Film Studies II

Plus one of the following:

  • Working in the Art World
  • Non-Western Visual Cultures
  • New Media
  • Propaganda: History & Image

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • £9,250 (UK/EU)
  • £14,750 (INT)
  • $38,000 (US)


  • Gain in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of the film industry
  • Develop strong practical skills such as screenwriting, film production, editing, which are highly attractive to employers
  • Opportunity to study a multi-disciplinary program that combines areas of study in the Humanities
  • London location provides great opportunity to explore the world of film at first hand, with visits to cinemas, studios, and production companies
  • Gain vital work experience that is desirable to employers in the film industry by doing an integrated international internship

Career paths

Graduate Destinations

Below is a list of where some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work.

  • Vogue Magazine
  • NBC News
  • Al Jazeera
  • Boston Ballet
  • Christies

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Richmond, The American International University in London

At Richmond, The American University in London we offer a Liberal Arts education renowned for its flexibility and broad-based curriculum. We have campuses in two of London’s premier area – Richmond and Kensington. Our Liberal Arts approach is designed to...

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Why study at Richmond, The American International University in London

  • Our multi-disciplinary Liberal Arts degree programmes for undergraduates
  • Our international and specialist education for postgraduates
  • The UK university where you can graduate with both a UK and US degree
  • Exceptional teaching – our students put Richmond in the top five London universities for overall satisfaction levels on the quality of the course – 2021 National Student Survey (NSS)
  • Experience life in London, the top student city in the world
  • Accredited Internships to enhance your employability
  • Scholarships – making studying with us more affordable
  • Study Abroad opportunities for undergraduates on a global scale

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Richmond, The American International University in London

Richmond Hill Campus
Queen’s Road
TW10 6JP London
United Kingdom

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