Film Studies and French

Entry Year:2019

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
RW16
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level. Applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
Funding information
Film Studies and French
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Overview

Develop your passion for film while exploring French language and culture in depth.

Our exciting Film Studies and French BA combines two different - and complementary - areas of interest. You’ll divide your time equally between the two subjects.

Studying French at Queen Mary means appreciating the diversity of the French-speaking world. You’ll learn not only about metropolitan France, but also about French as a global language, France’s role on the world stage, and the culture and thought of groups who have historically been silenced or excluded, such as women, the working class and ethnic minorities.

Film Studies fosters an understanding of visual aesthetics and leads students into areas of study as diverse as history, politics, philosophy, technology and performance. You’ll study the history and theory of cinema across a broad range of modules and have the opportunity to write your own film script.

You’ll spend your third year abroad, an exceptional opportunity to develop your language skills through immersion and boost your intercultural competence.

Structure

Year 1

  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages
  • Film: Approaches and Analysis
  • Film: Concepts and History
  • French Foundations
  • French I

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • French II
  • Translation into French
  • What is Cinema? Critical Approaches

Choose up to three from

  • Film Curation
  • Film, Literature and Adaption
  • Introduction to British Cinema
  • Memories of the Holocaust and Colonialism in French Cinema
  • Scriptwriting: Adaptation and Original Script
  • The French New Wave

Choose one from

  • 20th century French Thought: Values and Violence
  • Memories of WWII in Literature, Film and Art
  • Out of Place: Literature and Dislocation
  • The Sounds of French
  • The Story of my Life?: French Autobiography and Autofiction

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Year abroad

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

Compulsory

  • French III

Choose up to four from

  • British Cinema from the 1960s New wave to the Arrival of Channel 4
  • Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
  • Eco-cinemas: Nature, Animals and the Moving Image
  • Film and Ethics
  • Film Archaeology
  • Film Philosophy
  • Reading German Film III: Contemporary German Cinema

Choose one or two from

  • Advanced Oral Competence in French
  • French Feminist Writing
  • Language and Society in the French-speaking World
  • Lovers and Libertines: Eighteenth-Century French Fiction
  • Modern Languages Research Project
  • Proust

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year abroad

You have three options for how to spend your year abroad:

  • teaching English as a foreign language assistant
  • attending university
  • in the professional world, either on a work placement with our support, or independently with our approval.

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You’ll receive approximately 10 to 16 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of lectures led by academic staff, smaller seminar groups, language classes and workshop sessions.

You’ll spend up to five hours per week in language classes – in small groups of no more than 20 for classroom or language lab teaching, and no more than 10 for oral and aural work.

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

Assessment

Most modules combine assessed coursework and an end-of-module exam, though the proportion may vary. Some modules, including the practical ones, are assessed by coursework only. Final-year students will pursue a sustained piece of research or to develop an extended film production project or long script.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Queen Mary library
  • our state-of-the-art 41-seater cinema
  • 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
  • the Multimedia Language Resource Centre, equipped with digital labs and resource rooms, teacher and student workstations, interactive whiteboards, and software for viewing live international satellite TV broadcasts
  • subscriptions to foreign newspapers and journals
  • language clubs and social activities, including film screenings, discussion groups and debates.

Learn another language

If you’re interested in learning another language, you can sign up for a course at Queen Mary’s Language Centre, where you can choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Japanese or Spanish.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level. Applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 5 in Standard Level French. This must 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. For programmes with French, applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. For all other single and joint honours language programmes, experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue, and a demonstrable aptitude for language study are required. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements. Applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level.
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

Film Studies and French students graduate with a broad range of skills that can take them through to successful careers. Knowledge of French gives a distinct advantage on the job market, whether in the UK, Europe or internationally. This, coupled with opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience prepares graduates for the world of work.

Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as editing, dubbing and teaching, whilst others have transferred their skills into a wide range of areas.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • British Council
  • Bloomberg
  • ESI International
  • Hall & Partners
  • Mano
  • Sony.

Career support

Film Studies students receive advice on how to gain work experience in the film industry. Thanks to our London location, you may get the chance to work in a film-related part-time job or self-directed work placement during your studies. The School also runs regular career events tailored to languages students.

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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About the School

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and collaborative, bringing a vibrant range of disciplines together. We teach and research on subjects from practical filmmaking to postmodern literature, and from experimental neurolinguistics to Brazilian Portuguese.

This year, Russian and French students have produced plays in their language, linguistics students have presented their research at conferences and film students have directed, shot and edited many short films.

Our work engages the local community through workshops, research projects and public events. We are visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and we make the most of our location, forging 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. Satisfaction among linguistics students was at 92 per cent. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

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)