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Bachelor's Degree in Film and History

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Southampton
English

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Film and History

Film and history are closely linked, with roots going back to the earliest days of cinema. We offer this exciting and challenging film and history degree for movie lovers and history buffs. You'll study film history from a variety of perspectives: as popular art, big business and as a cultural record.

You'll study familiar classics alongside contemporary cinema. Genres you'll explore include:

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

You'll deepen your understanding and enjoyment of film, and develop your critical thinking as part of a lively community.

History modules will cover the development of historical debates and imagining the past. Topics range from ancient societies to the war on terror.

Our Framing the Past module looks at cinema's relationship with history. You'll study films about the distant past of Greece, Rome or Egypt. You'll also study works from more recent times, such as heritage films about the British Empire or the Titanic.

As part of this BA Film and History you can:

  • study film noir, animation, horror and sci-fi
  • explore British, European and world cinema
  • discover early film through archive visits

access document collections, including the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers

use one of the largest Jewish document centres in Europe, the Parkes Archive

submit your own film to our annual student film festival

We offer a 4-week summer school at Dongguk University in Seoul. This includes film and cultural orientation courses.

Admission requirements

A-levels

ABB including History or a related subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in History or a related subject

BTEC

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus B in A level History or a related subject

or

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in A level History or a related subject

or

  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB to include A level History or a related subject

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

  • Introduction to Film I: Hollywood
  • World Histories: Contact, Conflict and Culture from Ancient to Modern

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

  • Castles: Military technology and social change from the middle ages to the modern
  • Clash of Superpowers: United States versus China
  • Content and discontent: Culture and British society, 1815-1914
  • From Alexander to Augustus: leadership in the Ancient World
  • Humanities, the Human and the Non-Human
  • Introduction to Ethnography: Food and Culture
  • Introduction to Film II: European Cinema
  • Jewish Life and Death in Europe
  • Landscapes and Seascapes of Britain’s Past
  • Pandemic, Famine, War and Popular Revolt: The Apocalyptic Fourteenth Century
  • Racism and Resistance: From Slavery to BLM
  • Sexual Politics: Gender History in Twentieth Century Britain
  • The Islamic World: Pakistan and Iran in the Modern Era
  • The Tudors
  • Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects

Year 2

  • Early and Silent Cinema, 1895-1929

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

  • Ancient Rome: the First Metropolis
  • Animation: Technology, Culture and Industry
  • Arabian Nights and Days: The World of the 1001 Nights
  • Blitzed Brits: Politics, Society and Culture in the Second World War
  • Body and Society
  • Contemporary British Cinema
  • 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
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in France
  • Imperial China: From China’s mythical emperors to the 19th century
  • Imperialism and Nationalism in British India
  • Islamism – from the 1980s to the present
  • Myth and the Ancient World
  • Nelson Mandela: A South African life
  • Plague, Fire and Popish Plots: The Worlds of Charles II
  • Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
  • Ragtime! The Making of Modern America
  • Retail Therapy: A journey through the cultural history of shopping
  • Roman Emperors and Imperial Lives
  • Sex, Death and Money: the United Kingdom in the 1960s
  • Stalin and Stalinism
  • Television Studies: Key Debates
  • The Age of Discovery? c.1350-c.1650
  • The EU and European Identity
  • The First British Empire: the beginnings of English dominance, 1050-1300
  • The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
  • The Making of Englishness
  • Treason and Plot: A History of Modern Treason
  • Underworlds: A cultural history of urban nightlife in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Vienna and Berlin: Society, Politics and Culture from 1890 to the Present
  • Wellington and the war against Napoleon
  • Witchcraft in England, 1542-1736
  • Women and Hollywood
  • World Cinema

Year 3

  • Film Dissertation
  • History Dissertation

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • A Short History of the Ethics of War
  • A Short History of the Homosexual
  • A Short History of the Populist Leader
  • America and the world, 1945-2020: technology, conflict and the lives of others (Part 1)
  • America and the world, 1945-2020: technology, conflict and the lives of others (Part 2)
  • American Cinema Since 1965
  • An ambivalent asylum: the histories and memories of refugees in early twentieth-century France
  • Animation: Technology, culture, and industry
  • Crime TV: Technologies of Detection
  • Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 1, Julian: hero and apostate
  • Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 2, Julian: hero and apostate
  • Empires In Crisis: The Austro-Hungarian And Russian Revolutions, 1900-1921 (Part 1)
  • Empires In Crisis: The Austro-Hungarian And Russian Revolutions, 1900-1921 (Part 2)
  • Entangled Histories: France and Germany in the mid-century era (Part 1)
  • Entangled Histories: France and Germany in the mid-century era (Part 2)
  • Fantasy Film and Fiction
  • Framing the Past:Stardom, History and Heritage in the Cinema
  • From Tyranny to Revolution: England 1625-49: Part 1
  • From Tyranny to Revolution: England, 1625-49 Part 2
  • Horror on Film
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • International Film Industry: Issues and Debates
  • Language and the City
  • Living with the Romans: Urbanism in the Roman Empire
  • More than Pyramids & Pharaohs? Ancient Egypt in Context
  • Music in Film and Television
  • Reading Histories
  • Science Fiction Film after 1973
  • The British in India: From the East India Company to Partition (Part 1)
  • The British in India: From the East India Company to Partition (Part 2)
  • War on Land and at Sea, c.1300-c.1453 Part 1
  • War on Land and at Sea, c.1300-c.1453 Part 2
  • ‘Great’ Britain? Rethinking Victorian society (Part 1)
  • ‘Great’ Britain? Rethinking Victorian society (Part 2)

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year
  • EU and international students: £18,520 per year

Qualification

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

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

  • written and verbal communication
  • analytical and critical thinking
  • evidence assessment
  • 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
  • museum work
  • politics
  • teaching

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