You will benefit from up-to-date facilities and an exciting range of modules covering different national cinemas and film traditions.
|Course Title||UCAS Code||Duration||Typical Offer|
|BA Film Studies and the Visual Arts||PV33||Three years full-time or four years with a year abroad||ABB|
|BA Film Studies and English||PQ33||Three years full-time||ABB (including English)|
|BA Film and Media Studies||P900||Three years full-time||ABB|
|BA Modern Languages with Film Studies||R8P3||Four years full-time||ABB|
Film Studies at Leicester
The University of Leicester provides a unique programme whereby you can study film alongside a related subject such as English, History of Art, Media Studies or Modern Languages. We offer three degree programmes; a fourth is available through Modern Languages.
Students taking Film Studies and the Visual Arts explore the history and theory of the medium of film and the institution of cinema, analysing key films, filmmakers and movements, and investigating their social, historical and aesthetic contexts. They draw on the teaching and research expertise, and the friendly atmosphere, of the Department of History of Art and Film, as well as the School of Modern Languages, the Centre for American Studies, and the Department of Media and Communication. There are opportunities for a year abroad, between the second and final year, at one of our European partner institutions.
Students taking Film and English combine film history and theory with the study of literature, and are able to explore the two disciplines’ connections and distinctions. Students taking Film and Media draw on the different approaches that the humanities and social sciences have brought to their over-lapping subject areas.
The Modern Languages with Film degree provides a distinctive opportunity to include the study of film in a four-year course, one year of which is spent at one of our partner institutions in Europe or Mexico.
The fully equipped University Film Theatre is used for lectures and screenings. The Film Production module draws upon the resources of the University’s Multimedia Services. For film study there is an extensive collection of films on DVD and Blu-ray. Our Slide Room contains a range of resources, as well as providing an area for individual study. Leicester has a good range of cinemas, including a multiplex and the Film and Digital Media Centre at Phoenix Square, a state-of-the-art venue and production space which opened in 2009. The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is within easy reach of the University.
Our staff have wide ranging teaching and research interests including Hollywood, British cinema and television, European cinemas, and art history from the medieval to the contemporary. We pride ourselves on having friendly and approachable departmental staff who will support you throughout your degree. You will be assigned to a personal tutor in First Year who will offer academic and personal advice as you progress through the course.
Why Study Film Studies at Leicester?
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Studying at Leicester provides you with the opportunity to take modules in a wide range of subjects taught by academics who are internationally recognised as experts in the field. Our curriculum is both historically and culturally diverse, including American, British, European and World cinemas.
You will benefit from a dynamic programme with inputs from staff in several departments, including History of Art and Film, English, American Studies, Modern Languages and Media and Communication. In particular we believe in teaching that is informed by research: you will study topics that reflect the current intellectual agenda of Film Studies as well as looking at the contemporary and the classics.
We have a dedicated film theatre for screenings as well as teaching rooms that are fully equipped for the study of film and the visual arts.
If you are studying our BA Film Studies and the Visual Arts you will have the chance to study at one of our European partner institutions through the Erasmus scheme. Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity – giving you the chance to experience a different academic climate, travel and immerse yourself in new cultures and lifestyles.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Our teaching and learning strategy is designed to help you adjust to the demands of higher education and to develop the knowledge and skills that are valued by employers. The First Year of each of the degrees is designed to provide a foundation for increasingly challenging and focused modules taken in subsequent years. First Year introductory modules, taught through lectures, screenings and seminars, provide grounding in film analysis and film history, as well as preparing you for your career beyond university. The Second Year includes the study of American, European and World cinemas, as well as modules providing practical film-making experience and a film journalism option. History of Art options are available to Film Studies and the Visual Arts students. In the Third Year you select from a range of more specialised options, and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice relevant to the degree you are taking. Dissertation support is provided by one-to-one supervision from a member of staff.
Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays, examinations, reviews and projects.
The Film Production module includes a practical film-making exercise. The various methods of assessment are selected to enable you to develop and display your skills in full.
A Film Studies degree will provide excellent training for visual, verbal and written communication careers in a world saturated by images. As well as broadening your knowledge of film and related media, you will cultivate your ability to address complex problems critically and historically. You will gain a range of essential analytical skills. All graduates will gain practical abilities in researching and writing, working with others, time management, Information Technology, and the delivery of well organised presentations using visual technology.
Film Studies offers an excellent foundation for a range of career paths. There’s the film industry, of course, which directly employs around 375,000 people in the UK, mostly in the distribution and exhibition sectors. A knowledge and understanding of the subject is essential for work in film-related public relations, promotions and advertising, as well as in cinema management. Other graduates will go into journalism, publishing and teaching – especially secondary and tertiary education. In addition a Film degree also equips you for general arts and humanities career paths such as arts administration, museums and galleries and the heritage industries.
Opportunities to Visit and Further Information
Admissions Tutor: Professor James Chapman