Film Studies and Drama

Entry Year: 2019

2 Study Options

Film Studies and Drama BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
WW46
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least one A-Level in an arts, humanities or social sciences subject, and at least one essay based subject. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£15,400*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Film Studies and Drama with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
WW4Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least one A-Level in an arts, humanities or social sciences subject, and at least one essay based subject. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£15,400*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

Film Studies and Drama

Overview

Study film and drama in London, one of the world’s greatest theatre cities and heart of the UK film industry.

Our joint BA in Film Studies and Drama is an exhilarating opportunity to study the dramatisation of our world across live and recorded media, and examines interrelated concepts such as production, mise-en-scène and spectatorship.

You'll be introduced to theories of performance and representation, and key critical practices of film and contemporary and historical theatre. You'll develop creative and technical skills in performing, scriptwriting and directing, which will give you a crucial insight into the fundamental aspects of theatre and film.

Our staff – world-class academics, active practitioners and arts professionals – will work with you to make learning challenging and exciting, and encourage you to pursue your own practical projects alongside formal teaching.

Structure

You can complete your Film Studies and Drama degree in three or four years. If you choose to do a year abroad this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

  • Approaches and Analysis
  • Concepts and History
  • Cultural Histories of Theatre
  • London/Culture/Performance
  • Performance Texts in Practice
  • Practices

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • What is Cinema? Critical Approaches

Choose from

  • Action Design
  • Brazilian Cinema: The Social Tradition
  • Contemporary World Cinemas, Film Curation
  • Cultural Politics and Performance
  • From Page to Screen
  • Group Practical Project
  • Introduction to British Cinema
  • London Performance Now
  • Making Contemporary Theatre
  • Performing Illness and Disability
  • Performing Shakespeare
  • Race and Racism in Performance
  • Research Methods (Film)
  • Scriptwriting: Adaption and Original Script

This is a sample of modules from our full module directory.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Livelihoods (non-assessed)

Choose one from

  • Film Studies Research Project
  • Practice-based Research Project
  • Written Research Project

You choose the rest of your final year modules from a wide range of options that changes each year.

Modules may include

  • Applied Performance
  • Colonialism and Postcolonialism in African Cinema
  • Culture, Performance and Globalisation
  • Film Archaeology
  • German Narrative Fiction in Text and Film
  • Mapping Contemporary Cinemas
  • New Independent Indian Cinema
  • Performance and Celebrity
  • Shakespeare after Shakespeare
  • Show Business: Theatre and Capitalism
  • Slavery

This is a sample of modules from our full module directory.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

In 2017, we introduced the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please visit QMUL Model.

Year abroad

Go global and spend your third academic year abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary.

Additional Costs

A few modules may require you to buy tickets to shows or exhibitions (often at a discounted rate) as well as pay for travel within London.

Testimonial

At the time, I was looking to expand my understanding of cinema not only technically, but also through areas such as philosophy, history, psychology and politics. This program permanently altered my approach to film, teaching me how to understand the cinema’s complex visual language. It also made my own practice more meaningful by teaching me how to express my vision more effectively and clearly.

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You'll receive approximately at least 10 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops and workshop activities outside Queen Mary, field work and tutorials. You also attend regular timetabled film screenings.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further four to six hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes written and practical assignments, which may include demonstrations, essays, critical reviews, funding applications and performances. Some assignments are based around group work.

Resources and facilities

The Schools offer excellent on-campus resources to support your studies, including:

  • our state-of-the-art 41-seater cinema
  • a large range of professional and broadcast-standard production and post-production equipment, including a film production suite, two film studios with professional lighting grids, two edit suites, and motion capture equipment
  • access to the Film and Drama Studio
  • five performance spaces, including rehearsal rooms and two fully equipped studio theatres
  • opportunities to act, direct, stage manage through the Queen Mary Theatre Company
  • opportunities to meet visiting actors, directors, artists, activists, and filmmakers.

Entry requirements

Film Studies and Drama - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least one A-Level in an arts, humanities or social sciences subject, and at least one essay based subject. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level. This must also include an essay based humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in arts or humanities modules at Distinction.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Film Studies and Drama with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least one A-Level in an arts, humanities or social sciences subject, and at least one essay based subject. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level. This must also include an essay based humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in arts or humanities modules at Distinction.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Career opportunities

Our Film Studies and Drama graduates go on to work in a variety of roles – including performing, programming and producing – across many different sectors, including the creative arts, media and broadcasting, teaching and publishing.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for:

  • BDiscovered
  • British Film Council
  • Equinox Film and TV Production
  • The National Theatre
  • Odeon
  • Shakespeare’s Globe.

Career support

You’ll receive bespoke careers support during every step of your degree, including access to experts in both drama and film who can help shape your study across these complimentary creative industries. A practical third-year module will prepare you for the transition from university to working life by researching career, entrepreneurial and postgraduate study prospects.

Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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  • Film Studies and Drama - BA (Hons)

  • Film Studies and Drama with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

About the Schools

School of English and Drama - Department of Drama

We provide a first-class learning environment - the Departments of Drama and English are in the top 35 in the world (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018). And you’ll learn from leading experts: Drama is ranked first and English fifth in the UK for research quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our degrees make full use of the literary and cultural riches of London, with trips to venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Library.

School of Languages Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and vibrant. Our students produce podcasts and short films, put on plays and liaise with writers and journalists.

We’re visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and have strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

Contact us

School of English and Drama

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8571
Email: sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

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Why Queen Mary?

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

5th in the UK

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

Russell Group

Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Global top 50

Global top 50

English, drama, and law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2018)