Film Studies

Entry Year:2019

2 study options

Film Studies BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
P303
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-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 with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
P30Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-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
Film Studies
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Overview

Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the history, theory and practice of film.

Our Film Studies degree is an opportunity to study the history and theory of the cinema, while also learning the technical and practical aspects of film production. Film Studies fosters an understanding of visual aesthetics and may lead you into areas of study as diverse as history, politics, philosophy, technology and performance.

In your first year you’ll pick up a solid foundation in cinema history, film language and critical concepts, as well as having an opportunity to write a script and make a short film.

For your second and third years you can choose from a wide range of modules, tailoring your studies to your interests and needs. You’ll select a mix of theoretical and practical module options, from the philosophy and history of film to analysis of British, Indian and American cinema, as well as hands-on experience of producing, writing, directing and editing films in a number of styles and genres.

Structure

You can complete your Film Studies degree in three or four years. If you choose to study 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
  • Production Skills
  • Scriptwriting: Creativity and Technique

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Research Methods (Film)
  • The Visual Essay
  • What is Cinema? Critical Approaches

Choose at least one from

  • Directing Fiction
  • 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

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Film Research Project

Choose at least three from

  • British Cinema from the 1960s New wave to the Arrival of Channel 4
  • Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
  • Creative Production
  • Eco-Cinemas: Nature, Animals and the Moving Image
  • Film and Ethics
  • Film Archaeology
  • Film Philosophy
  • Forms of Film Practice
  • New Independent Indian Cinema

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Film Studies BA with a 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 and what the progression requirements are.

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 10 to 16 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of lectures led by academic staff, seminars, film screenings, workshop sessions and group work in the studios or on location.

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

Assessment

Assessment typically includes coursework and an end-of-module exam, although 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
  • access to 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
    • motion capture equipment.

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, Japanese or Spanish.

Entry requirements

Film Studies - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-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 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. 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 18 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. 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.

Film Studies with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-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 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. 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 18 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. 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 students graduate with a broad range of skills that can take them through to successful careers. This, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, prepares them for the world of work.

Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as directing and film production, whilst others transfer their skills into areas such as public relations and marketing.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • British Film Council
  • Coda Post Productions
  • Epic Media
  • Flame TV
  • Heineken UK
  • Spark in the Dark Productions.

 

Career support

Film Studies students receive advice on how to gain work experience in the film industry, which can give you an edge in a competitive job market. 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.

Unistats data for these courses

  • Film Studies - BA (Hons)

  • Film Studies with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

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)