Major in Film Studies BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

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

Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
P303
Department
History of Art and Film

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
SchoolOfArts@le.ac.uk

History of Art and Film website

Course description

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, Abbas Kiarostami, Jean-Luc Godard, and Jane Campion. You will develop an appreciation of different film cultures and filmmaking 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.

Entry requirements

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 including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
  • 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.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: £3,995, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our students have gone on to a range of careers, including film preservation and curating, teaching and other creative aspects of the film and media industries. The range of skills offered by this course also provides a foundation for careers in film journalism and other cultural management positions.

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

Related courses

Related courses

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.

Modules

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 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.

Modules

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:

Plus choose 1 option module from:

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.

Why Leicester?

Film studies courses at Leicester combine practical and vocational elements with the theoretical study of film.

Our Film Studies lecturers have particular expertise in North American, British, European and Chinese cinemas.

We have excellent facilities, including a fully-equipped film theatre and a diverse collection of digital, print, and audio-visual materials in the David Wilson Library.

Teaching and learning

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 World cinemas, as well as modules on diverse modes of filmmaking from Documentary to Realism. The second year also offers practical filmmaking 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, watching films, 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.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

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.

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