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Bachelor's Degree in Film and French

University of Southampton
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Film and French

Study the history, influence and the many genres of film, from Hollywood to Europe, and world cinema with our Film and French degree. You'll look at the cultural context of the various styles and movements, and the work of key filmmakers. You'll explore the language, culture and politics of France and can study French films across all genres.

On this joint course at Southampton, you'll study Film from a variety of perspectives: as popular art, big business and as a cultural record. You'll look at familiar classics alongside modern cinema, and genres including:

  • film noir
  • horror
  • science fiction
  • documentary
  • animation

You'll take French language modules based on your ability, and will spend your third year in a French-speaking country. Your year abroad will improve your language and linguistic skills.

As part of your undergraduate study you can:

  • take modules to learn more about French history and culture
  • discover early film through archive visits
  • use our Centre for Language Study, including a dedicated French resources room
  • take modules in urban culture and ethnography
  • submit your own film to our annual student film festival

Admission requirements


ABB including French

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in French


  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus B in A level French


  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in A level French


  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB to include B in A level French

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Academic Skills for ML students
  • French Language Stage 4
  • Introduction to Film I: Hollywood
  • Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Applications of Linguistics
  • Elements of Linguistics - Sound, Structure and Meaning
  • Introduction to Film II: European Cinema
  • Reading Culture
  • Reading the City

Year 2

  • Early and Silent Cinema, 1895-1929
  • French Language Stage 5
  • Managing Research and Learning

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Animation: Technology, Culture and Industry
  • Conflicts, Crisis and Identities in the Francophone Context
  • Contemporary British Cinema
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Exploring French Linguistics
  • Film Adaptation: Culture and Context
  • Film Noir: Exile Filmmakers and 1940s Hollywood
  • Film, Realism and Reality: representing the world, from revolution to the everyday
  • From Black and White to Colour: A Screen History of Race, Gender and Sexuality in Post-War Britain
  • Globalisation: Culture, Language and The Nation State
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in France
  • Language, Ideologies and Attitudes
  • Learning about Culture: Introduction to Ethnography
  • Multilingualism
  • Post-War French Thought
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sound and Voice
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Television Studies: Key Debates
  • The EU and European Identity
  • Variation and Change in English
  • Women and Hollywood
  • World Cinema

Year 3

  • Year Abroad Research Project YARP

Year 4

  • Film Dissertation
  • French Language Stage 7
  • Modern Languages Dissertation
  • Seeing and being seen: Study Abroad re-entry

You must also choose from the following modules in year 4:

  • American Cinema Since 1965
  • An ambivalent asylum: the histories and memories of refugees in early twentieth-century France
  • Animation: Technology, culture, and industry
  • Audiovisual Translation
  • Crime TV: Technologies of Detection
  • English as a Global Language
  • Fantasy Film and Fiction
  • Fragmented France: Cultures and Identities in Transition
  • Framing the Past:Stardom, History and Heritage in the Cinema
  • French Sociolinguistics: Challenges to Francophonie
  • Horror on Film
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • International Film Industry: Issues and Debates
  • Language Teaching Theory and Practice
  • Language Testing and Assessment in Society
  • Music in Film and Television
  • Science Fiction Film after 1973
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sex, Gender and Desire in French Literature and Culture
  • Sociophonetic Project Module
  • Translation: Theory and Practice
  • Writing in a Second Language

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300


  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of award: Film and French
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Film and Modern Languages at Southampton will give you a strong foundation in skills that are attractive to all graduate employers:

  • written and verbal communication
  • understanding and adapting to different cultures
  • analytical and critical thinking
  • research
  • organisation
  • project management

Career opportunities

Some of our graduates go on to careers in film and media, including: film production, editing and post-production, distribution and marketing. Others continue into postgraduate studies or find employment in careers such as:

  • advertising, marketing and PR
  • arts based careers
  • charities
  • civil service
  • financial sector jobs
  • journalism
  • legal sector jobs
  • teaching
  • translation

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