Frequently asked questions
How do you study Film Studies at Leicester?
Film Studies examines the historical, cultural, theoretical and artistic development of cinema around the world. Our modules are taught through lectures, screenings and seminars but we also have field trips within the UK. In lectures, we introduce broad social/cultural contexts. In seminars we have smaller group discussions where we analyse and discuss films. We look at films frame by frame and explore their formal construction and how meaning is communicated through cinematic language. We also talk about the ways films circulate within a culture, and also think about the industrial context of the films’ production.
What sort of careers does a degree in Film Studies lead to?
Our former students have gone on to a range of different career routes, including film preservation, programming, distribution and curating; teaching and other creative aspects of the film and media industries including television. We also provide a foundation for exciting careers in journalism, arts and other cultural management positions.
How many contact hours can a student expect?
Typically, you will attend between 8-12 hours of taught sessions each week, and can expect at least 24 further hours of independent study per week. Our assessments include essays, presentations, film and website design, film and book reviews and other group projects. We design the assessments with the aim to help our students develop a range of critical, creative and communication skills.
How many students are there in the course?
We typically accept 20-30 students per year.
How do you support the students in the course?
We provide full support to our students throughout their academic life via facilities including a personal tutor system and a student mentor system. The personal tutor system ensures that each student is assigned an individual lecturer who provides guidance, advice and support regarding all academic and non-academic matters throughout their student life.
Can I study abroad?
Many of our courses feature the opportunity to study abroad.
There are many benefits of spending time studying abroad during your course - International experiences can enhance your academic and personal skills and your employability.
Most students go for one academic year, between the second and third years of their course. However, some Schools offer one-semester options. You can also consider going on an overseas summer school, whether as a taster for a full year, or simply as a shorter alternative. And don’t worry if you don’t currently speak any other languages - we have many partner universities in other English-speaking countries, and most of our partner universities teach at least some of their classes in English.
We have exchange partner universities on every continent (except Antarctica!). Where you can go depends on your course and this list can vary from year to year.