Major in Film Studies

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you would like to combine the study of Film with another subject.

Course Description

If you choose Film Studies as your Major, you will study a wide range of films from different periods and countries, including work by key directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, and Steven Spielberg. You will develop an appreciation of different film cultures and film-making traditions including Hollywood, European, and world cinemas. You will also have the opportunity to put theory into practice with practical modules in Film Production and Film Journalism, and in your final year you will write a dissertation on a subject of your choice.

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Typical offer
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Start date
September 2018
History of Art and Film

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Why Leicester?

We have excellent facilities, including a fully equipped Film Theatre.

Our 'Film Production' module explores the technical and creative processes that go on behind the camera and how these shape films.

We run a rolling programme of visiting public lectures from eminent scholars and creatives in art and film.

The Film Society organises weekly screenings (with lots of discussion after) and other social events including cinema trips and film quizzes.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will study landmarks in the history of cinema from its origins to the present, learning how to ‘read’ film texts from a range of critical perspectives. You will focus particularly on American cinema (‘Hollywood’), which is culturally and economically the most dominant mode of film practice in the world. You will also gain insights into how your knowledge of film can be applied in the workplace with a number of practical assignments.


  • American Film and Visual Culture (double module) 
  • Film and Art: Academic Study and the Workplace
  • Introduction to Film History 1
  • Reading Film
  • Studying Film

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will develop your historical knowledge and understanding of film beyond classical Hollywood by looking at different examples of contemporary Hollywood and world cinemas. You will also learn about an alternative mode of film and television practice – documentary. You will apply your theoretical knowledge by making your own film in the Film Production module.


  • Documentary Film and Television (double module)
  • Film Production
  • Realism and Cinema
  • Researching World Cinemas (double module)

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details. You will be expected to produce a photographic essay of your time abroad.

History of Art and Film at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

You will research and write a dissertation on a subject of your choice. In addition, you will select from specialised modules in which you will explore certain aspects of cinema and television in depth.

Core module

Option modules

Choose 2 option modules from:
  • Contemporary European Cinema
  • Contemporary Hollywood
  • Film Journalism
  • Hitchcock and Film History
  • Seriality: Film, Television and Other Media
  • Stardom and Identities in Chinese and American Cinemas
Plus choose 1 option module from:
  • New Chinese Cinemas
  • Screen Gothic
  • Screen Affect
  • Women and Cinema

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Major/Minor Degrees

On a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (in this case Film Studies), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).


Please note that you cannot study a Major in Film Studies with:

  • Minor in Film Studies
  • Minor in American Literature and Culture

Now choose your Minor

Teaching 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 your degree provides a foundation for the increasingly challenging and focused modules you will take in subsequent years. First-year introductory modules, taught through lectures, screenings, and seminars, provide a 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.

In the third year you will select from a range of more specialised options, and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Dissertation support is provided by one-to-one supervision from a member of staff.

Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays, exams, reviews, and projects. You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether academic, financial, housing, career or social.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for History of Art and Filmscourses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours

Year 2: 21% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours

Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

Final year: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC + EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 24 of which must be at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM.

Other national and international qualifications welcomed. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2018

    • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

      Find out more about scholarships and funding.


    • Starting in 2018

      • £15,980 per year
      • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.
        Find out more about scholarships and funding.

      Career Opportunities

      Modules such as 'Film Production' have an applied focus, helping you develop the skills and knowledge required for careers in these areas.

      We run a dedicated 'Academic Study in the Workplace' module.

      We have a programme of visiting careers talks by leading experts in the arts and film industries who can provide insights into employment pathways.

      In addition, the University’s Career Development Service is here to help you throughout your academic journey. They can offer advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, and volunteering. From the day you start through to graduation and beyond they will always be there to guide you towards your professional goals.


      Our Career Development Service is here to support you with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

      Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
      Major in Film Studies BA 3-4 years full-time P303 Apply Now
      Major in Film Studies with Year Abroad BA 4 years P303 Apply Now
      Major in Film Studies
      3-4 years full-time
      UCAS Code
      Major in Film Studies with Year Abroad
      4 years
      UCAS Code

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