Film Studies and Hispanic Studies

Entry Year:2019

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
RW46
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or have experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
Funding information
Film Studies and Hispanic Studies
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Overview

Develop your passion for film while exploring Hispanic languages and culture in depth.

Our Film Studies and Hispanic Studies degree allows you to pursue an understanding of film within the context of a wider knowledge of Hispanic language and culture. No prior knowledge of Spanish is needed.

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 and have the opportunity to write your own film script.

From the regions of Spain to the diverse countries of Latin America, Hispanic Studies covers the history, politics, sport, literature and film of several nations. As the world’s second most widely spoken language, Spanish is an important tool for intercultural communication. You can also choose to learn Portuguese or Catalan.

You’ll spend your third year studying or working abroad in Spain or Latin America, immersing yourself in the language and culture of your destination.

Structure

The Spanish language modules you take will depend on your entry level. We offer separate classes for beginner, post-GCSE, post-A-level and native speakers.

Year 1

  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages
  • Film: Approaches and Analysis
  • Film: Concepts and History
  • Introduction to Hispanic Studies
  • Spanish language module (streamed according to entry level)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Spanish language module (streamed according to entry level)
  • What is Cinema? Critical Approaches

Choose one or two 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 or two from

  • Brazilian Cinema: The Social Tradition
  • Catalan Literature: An Introduction
  • Colonialism and Culture in Latin America
  • Cuban Poetry and Fiction: Post 1980
  • Culture and Society in Medieval Spain: Christian, Jews and Muslims
  • Introduction to Translation Studies: Catalan, Spanish, English
  • Introductory Catalan
  • Introductory Portuguese
  • Literature, Dictatorship and Cultural Memory in the Hispanic World
  • Modern Spanish Fiction
  • The Spanish Inquisition

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

  • Spanish language module

Choose up to four from

  • British Cinema from the 1960s New wave to the Arrival of Channel 4
  • Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
  • Ecocinemas: 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 Spanish
  • Catalan II Intensive
  • Cervantes and the Nature of Fiction
  • Languages in the Classroom: Teaching Spanish
  • Modern Languages Research Project
  • Portuguese II Intensive
  • Slavery, Colonialism and Postcolonialism in African Cinema
  • Spanish Translation: Theory and Practice
  • Subversive Humour in Modern Spanish and Latin American Literature and Film
  • The Mexican Revolution and its Aftermath
  • War, Humour and Love in Medieval Spanish Literature

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 - we have partner universities in Spain, Latin America and Colombia
  • in the professional world, either on a work placement with our support, or independently with our approval.

We have partner institutions in Spain (Almería, Barcelona, Madrid, Málaga, Murcia, Oviedo, Seville, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia, and Vigo), Latin America (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico) and Colombia (Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá).

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You’ll receive approximately eight hours (or 16 hours if including screenings) of weekly contact time, in the form of lectures led by academic staff, smaller seminar groups and language classes.

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

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework and an end-of-module exam, although some modules, including the practical ones, are assessed by coursework only. Final-year students have the opportunity to 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), French, German or Japanese.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or have experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue. 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 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.
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 Hispanic Studies students graduate with a broad range of skills that can take them through to successful careers.

Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as interpreting, teaching and production whilst others have transferred their skills into areas such as marketing.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Bloomberg
  • Enigma Film
  • Equinox Film and TV Production Ltd
  • Heineken UK
  • Mildmay International
  • Sony.

Career support

The School of Languages Linguistics and Film offers a range of career support. 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.

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)