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Bachelor's Degree in Film Studies

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

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Film Studies

Study film from a variety of perspectives: as popular art, big business and as a cultural record with our Film Studies degree. Immerse yourself in the subject, from the earliest projected images to the present day. Learn how to view Hollywood blockbusters, European and world cinema with a critical eye.

You’ll study familiar classics alongside contemporary cinema, and genres including:

  • 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.

You can choose to spend a semester or a summer abroad at one of our partner universities, including: South Korea, Sweden, Ireland, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic.

You can also hone your filmmaking skills with our student-led filmmaking, TV and radio societies. They offer training and equipment to help you try out directing, producing, scriptwriting, sound or camera work.

As part of this film degree you can:

  • explore British, European and world cinema
  • discover early film through archive visits
  • use our extensive library resources, including over 5,800 films from around the world
  • take modules from other courses, such as English, history and music
  • volunteer at a cinema to develop new skills, such as team leading, projection and digital design
  • 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 an essay writing subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level

BTEC

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus B in an A level essay writing subject.

or

  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in an A level essay writing subject.

or

  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB to include an A level essay writing 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
  • Introduction to Film II: European Cinema
  • Theory, Culture and Society
  • What is Cinema? Film, Art, Technology 2

Year 2

  • Early and Silent Cinema, 1895-1929

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

  • Animation: Technology, Culture and Industry
  • 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
  • Television Studies: Key Debates
  • Women and Hollywood
  • World Cinema

Year 3

  • Film Dissertation

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

  • American Cinema Since 1965
  • Animation: Technology, Culture and Industry
  • Animation: Technology, culture, and industry
  • Crime TV: Technologies of Detection
  • Fantasy Film and Fiction
  • Film Adaptation: Culture and Context
  • Film, Realism and Reality: representing the world, from revolution to the everyday
  • Framing the Past:Stardom, History and Heritage in the Cinema
  • Horror on Film
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • International Film Industry: Issues and Debates
  • Music in Film and Television
  • Science Fiction Film after 1973
  • Television Studies: Key Debates
  • World Cinema

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 Studies
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Film studies at Southampton gives you a strong foundation in skills that are attractive to all graduate employers:

  • written and verbal communication
  • analytical and critical thinking
  • research
  • organisation
  • project management

Career opportunities

Some of our graduates go on to jobs in the film industry 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

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