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Anglia Ruskin University

Film Studies

UCAS Code: P303

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


96 UCAS Points from a minimum of 2 A Levels.

Access to HE Diplomas at overall Pass grade are accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

96 UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted.

UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted. UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted.

UCAS Tariff

96

from a minimum of 2 A Levels.

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Film studies

Combine film theory with film-making practice to prepare for a career in many film-related roles, from film and video production to journalism.

Explore film-making practices from all over the world
Make your own films and see them screened at a professional public cinema
Get involved behind the scenes at events like Cambridge Film Festival

On our BA (Hons) Film Studies course, you’ll discover the history of global cinema from the avant-garde to Hollywood blockbusters. As well as learning the fundamental theories of film and how it both reflects and affects society, you’ll explore the language of film from the perspective of a film-maker.

This knowledge will be key in the practical side of the course: making your own explorative short films in video, animation or 16mm format. You’ll be trained in all aspects of the art, including camera operation, sound recording and editing, receiving regular feedback on your work from tutors and fellow students.

As the course progresses, our optional modules will allow you to further explore your interests or specialise for a particular career, with subjects such as screenwriting and film journalism.

At the end of the course, you’ll put all your well-practised skills to the test in a final-year project that, once complete, will be screen at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouseand, if good enough, at the Cambridge Film Festival.

Throughout the course you’ll have opportunities to take part in extra-curricular events such as the Cambridge Film Festival, as well as attending guest lectures from key figures in the film industry. Our recent speakers have included Larry Sider and William Raban.

Your studies will be supported by our team of expert lecturers and a close community of students and alumni, fostered through our dedicated Facebook group and YouTube channel. We also have a Facebook Group dedicated to helping you find work experience on film and video projects.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Video 1
History of Cinema
Film Reviewing
Screenwriting: Introduction to the Screen
Introduction to Film Theory

Year one, optional modules

Introduction to Global Cinema
Introduction to Video 2

Year two, core modules

Cinema and Sound
Documentary Film Theory
Independent Cinema: US and Beyond
Theorising Spectatorship
Classical Hollywood Cinema

Year two, optional modules

16mm Filmmaking
Intercultural Encounters in Global Cinema
Screenwriting: The Feature Film
Screenwriting: Script to Screen
Non-Fiction Filmmaking

Year three, core modules

Major Project
Special Topics in Film Studies
Multiplexed: Contemporary Popular Cinema

Year three, optional modules

Avant-garde Film and Experimental Video
Independent Film Practice 1
Independent Film Practice 2
Film Journalism
Narrative in Global Cinema
Screenwriting: Adaptation
Working in English and Media

Optional modules available all years

Anglia Language Programme

Assessment methods

For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.

To reflect the practical nature of the course, you won’t take any written exams. Instead, you’ll show your learning through a portfolio of creative work (including short films and film scripts), film reviews, critical essays and oral presentations. You’ll also critically evaluate your creative work, presenting and defending your work in ‘crits’.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

English and Media

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Film studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, and employing thousands of new graduates every year, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic — this is a highly-sought after industry and jobs are amongst the most competitive around. If you want to be a star in front of the camera or in print, you might want to look at other options. Media studies graduates are much the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2015, one in five grads entering the film industry, and one in four getting jobs in TV or film production had a media studies degree) and they’re more likely to be in crucial roles directing, producing, or operating sound or video equipment, or in media research or marketing roles. Self-employment and freelancing is more common than for most degrees, so that may be something to prepare for.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Film studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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