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De Montfort University

Film Studies

UCAS Code: P303

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

Entry requirements


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104
92%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Film studies

Film Studies BA (Hons) at De Montfort University (DMU) combines the academic study of cinema with a focus on practical film-making skills. It gives you the opportunity to learn about the industry, from learning the mechanics of making movies and the latest developments in the world of cinema, to organising and promoting film events - allowing you to pursue a variety of careers in the creative industries. Our Communication, Cultural and Media Studies ranked joint 1st in the UK for the proportion of its research outputs rated as world leading (4*) in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014. We have a strong focus on employability and 95.2% of our Film Studies graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report. Film Studies was awarded 92% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018. Film Studies at DMU can be taken either as a Single or Joint Honours course; the Joint option allows you to study another subjects alongside Film and expand your career prospects further. Whichever route you choose, the course will be taught by a team of experienced subject experts with a range of relevant professional, industry and creative expertise. You will also benefit from our relationship with Leicesters Phoenix Square cinema and will have the chance to attend teaching and screenings delivered in a real cinema environment.

Modules

Year one
• Introduction to Film Studies
• Introduction to Global Film History
• Media Capture and Processing
• Writing, Reviewing and Film Criticism
• Film and New Media
Year two
• British Cinema
• Disney
• The New Hollywood
• Film and TV Genres
• Script to Screen
• Professional Practice, Film Festivals
• Media, Gender and Identity
Year three
• Film Studies Dissertation or Major Filmmaking Project
• Cult Film
• Filmmakers
• The Past on Screen
• Writing for the Screen
• Audiences and Fandom
• Film Exhibition and Consumption

Assessment methods

The course is taught using a mix of lectures, film screenings, small group discussions, group and practice-led projects, individual tutorials and private study. You will normally attend between 14–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and can expect to undertake at least 24 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research. You will be provided with lecture support materials through Blackboard, our interactive teaching resource. Our varied and imaginative assessment methods develop a range of critical, creative and communication skills.
They include essays, research reports, presentations, creative work, film reviews, edited collections and other group projects.
Our teaching team has close connections with film directors, writers, distributors and journalists who give guest lectures, ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice. Film Studies at DMU is closely affiliated with Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema, which also acts as a base for employment and work experience opportunities, ensuring our students are ready for employment upon graduation.
All students work on collaborative and individual film productions over the three years of the degree. You will experience writing, shooting, casting and editing, and you will be guided to contribute to real film festivals across the UK. Students on our Writing, Reviewing and Film Criticism module (year one) run a film blog and are set writing commissions by external partners, including Phoenix Cinema. Students taking our Professional Practice, Film Festivals module (year two) gain experience of developing and delivering a film festival in a range of roles. These opportunities, alongside the industry focus, are key parts of our wider teaching and will allow you to make sense of the cinema industry and film culture from a practical, creative and commercial perspective, as well as develop your industry links.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering 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.

80%
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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

84%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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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£16k

£18k

£18k

£23k

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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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