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Film Studies, BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • For those who want to learn the history of making and criticising film
  • Suitable for students who wish to combine a theoretical understanding of moving images with film practice
  • Gain key skills in critical analysis of visual images, particularly valued by employers in a multimedia environment
  • Develop excellent communication skills, as you learn 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 production, media research, film festivals, media education, advertising and film curating/programming.

Overview

Overview

"If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed" - Stanley Kubrick

Our world is dominated by moving images. A degree in Film Studies will enable you to explore this world, taking you to other cultures, spaces, and eras. 

What will I learn? 

This degree programme blends creative practice with academic work, it will challenge you to make and reflect upon cinema. You will learn: Working to brief, teamwork, negotiation, project management, development (i.e., initiation and planning of creative projects), audio-visual production and screenwriting (storytelling and writing techniques). 

Year 1

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

We look more specifically at two aspects of film studies: international and transnational film industries, and the question of what makes a film 'independent'.

Year 3

In your final year, you can choose to do a major project – this can be in the form of a written dissertation on a topic of your choice, or a creative project. Our core courses investigate representations of memory and space on film.

Why Greenwich?

The University of Greenwich provides a unique environment for Film Studies. The location of countless film and television productions, including Les Miserables, Thor, and The Pirates of the Caribbean.

Our BA Film Studies students are taught by 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 such as programming film seasons for Picturehouse cinemas and introducing film screenings across the UK and abroad. 

We have newly-built facilities such as editing suites for video, including two 'high-def' suites, a sound studio with audio booths, and two broadcast-quality TV studios. Cameras, audio recorders and specialist software for film editing and production are available to students as part of their programme of study. 

Student work is often exhibited at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery which is on the campus.

How will I learn?

Teaching is conducted primarily through taught courses based around material provided in lectures – which you will supplement through accessing our vast array of publications in our library. The skills you learn during lectures and self-study will be applied in practical, interactive workshops.

Employability

This degree opens a wide range of opportunities in the film 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.
Students will be coveted for film and visual culture journalism roles for their ability to write clearly and passionately on a wide range of topics, for the multicultural awareness their degree encourages, and their multimedia skills.

Our students also pursue careers in advertising. From creating advertisements, planning when and where they will appear, to liaising with production companies or art galleries, a degree in visual material is indispensable, as students will understand how meanings can be manipulated through different visual forms.
Students will also have had three years of practice of critically evaluating images. A job in publishing, for example, of film books or exhibition catalogues, will require an attention to detail which the programme, with its emphasis upon the close scrutiny of images, will provide students with.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?

The Erasmus Programme is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme available for students and provides a grant towards the cost of studying aboard. We have a dedicated placement team who will support students in finding work placements and internships as well as giving students practical advice on writing CVs and preparing for interviews and assessment centres.

What you'll study

Entry requirements


Applicants from a UK educational background:

You will need a minimum of 112 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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