Film Studies, BA Hons

This programme runs within the department for Creative Professions and Digital Arts, it is for the people who want to learn about the history of making and film criticism, and about the international cultures and industries of cinema. The programme is suitable for students who wish to combine a theoretical understanding of moving images with film practice. You will gain the key skill of critical analysis of visual images, particularly valued by employers in an increasingly multimedia working environment. You will emerge from this degree with excellent communication skills, as you will not only learn about audio visual, verbal and read more

Overview

Overview

This programme runs within the department for Creative Professions and Digital Arts, it is for the people who want to learn about the history of making and film criticism, and about the international cultures and industries of cinema. The programme is suitable for students who wish to combine a theoretical understanding of moving images with film practice. You will gain the key skill of critical analysis of visual images, particularly valued by employers in an increasingly multimedia working environment. You will emerge from this degree with excellent communication skills, as you will not only learn about audio visual, verbal and written communication, but also how to communicate effectively in images and words, through your written work and visual analysis.

Graduates from this programme work in a range of creative industries including film and television production, media research, film festivals (online and print), media education, advertising and film curating/programming.

Degree structure

Year 1

In year 1, students learn how to conduct detailed film analyses; you will be introduced to the history of cinema's emergence and the role of moving images in contemporary society. You will also be introduced to the foundational principles of film production.

Year 2

Core courses are primarily theory based but students can choose practical options if they wish. In year 2, we look more specifically at two aspects of film studies: international and transnational film industries, and the cultures of animation. You will draft a storyboard and write research papers in these classes.

Year 3

In their final year, students can choose to do a major project – this can be in the form of a written dissertation on a topic of their choice, a film project, a script, a music video, and others. There is one core course for this year, which is primarily theoretical but which asks students to do a photography project.

Facilities

Students are trained in the use of camera equipment, and have access to film production facilities, including new, state-of-the-art television studios, editing and sound suites. 

Employability

This degree opens a wide range of opportunities in the film, television and other media industries, public service and teaching. Graduates have gone on to roles in film and TV development, production and post-production. With a broad training in visual culture and media production, alumni of the programme can be found working in film festivals, media marketing and advertising, communications-roles in industry, as well as in postgraduate study.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To enable students to develop knowledgeable, critical and creative approaches to understanding film in contemporary society and to create an understanding of the cultural importance of film in its diverse global forms
  • To offer the opportunity to take rigorous practiced-based courses in screen writing and video production, alongside the theoretical analysis of film.

What you'll study

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Entry requirements


Applicants from a UK educational background:

You will need a minimum of 120 UCAS points. This could be a 3 A-levels at grades BBB or an equivalent combination of A-levels and BTECs. You will also need GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above. Apply

through the UCAS website. You may be invited for interview.

General studies is not normally accepted.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136. 

In addition:

  • You may be invited to an interview
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information

Assessment

A wide range of assessment methods are used, including: 

  • Essays of varying lengths
  • Class tests
  • Presentations 
  • End-of-year seen and unseen examinations.

Careers

There are a wide range of opportunities in the film, television and other media industries, as well as in public service and teaching. Graduates from this programme have gone on to work in film and TV development, production and post-production, media marketing and advertising, in communication roles in industry, and for film festivals. You will also have a range of postgraduate options.

We place great emphasis on our students' abilities to reflect upon and see their practical and theoretical work in a larger critical context. To this end, we sharpen writing and presentation skills through a variety of assignments that go beyond standard essays and reports. Our students hone their writing skills (journalistic, creative and academic) through descriptive, analytical and critical writing, presentations and hands on use of digital media tools. You will also develop professional skills by working with others to see projects (sometimes large ones) through from idea to completion.

Each theory based course is allocated 2 to 3 hours per week, with a mixture of lecture, seminar and workshop.

Students are taught by renowned experts working in a variety of film-related fields. Our Film Studies staff have won awards for scripts and short films, prizes for published articles and books, and also engage in public work.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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