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This dynamic course combines film theory, world cinema studies and video-making practice to give you a comprehensive, critical study of film. Our focus is on the cultural, aesthetic and economic importance of film, past, present and future. You’ll acquire an extensive filmic knowledge and learn to analyse film in all forms. As a student in one of the world’s cultural capitals, you’ll have the British Film Institute and media industries on your doorstep.

This dynamic course combines film theory, world cinema studies and video-making practice to give you a comprehensive, critical study of film. Our focus is on the cultural, aesthetic and economic importance of film, past, present and future. You’ll acquire an extensive filmic knowledge and learn to analyse film in all forms. As a student in one of the world’s cultural capitals,...

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You’ll study film texts, film histories and national cinemas and use that knowledge to make films that break the mould. We’ll explore world cinema history, the future of film in a globalised world of digital media and the importance of film (culturally, aesthetically, politically and economically). You’ll also learn how to present your ideas in an engaging and professional way; you’ll make short films, deliver great presentations, write short screenplays and produce film production dossiers.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 83% coursework.

Year 1

  • Reading the screen: theory and aesthetics
  • The rise of cinema: history and diversity 
  • Reading the screen: analysis and design
  • The film auteur: vision and style
  • World cinema: origins and forms
  • Film-making and innovation

Year 2

  • European realisms: Italy and France
  • Projecting Britain: postwar to the 1980s
  • Documentary modes: practice and theory

Plus one optional module from:

  • Screenwriting
  • Visions of the city

Plus one further option from:

  • Professional employability
  • American cinema: Hollywood and independents
  • Critiquing gender and sexuality in the movies

Year 3

  • Contemporary cinema and digital futures
  • Film and revolution in the developing world
  • Film reviewing and curating
  • British film industry now!

Plus one optional module from:

  • Critical film practice (practical module)
  • Film dissertation

You’ll study film texts, film histories and national cinemas and use that knowledge to make films that break the mould. We’ll explore world cinema history, the future of film in a globalised world of digital media and the importance of film (culturally, aesthetically, politically and economically). You’ll also learn how to present your ideas in an engaging and professional...

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BCC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions 36 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

A Level BCC or; BTEC National Diploma MMM or; Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions 36 Merits or; Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) We welcome qualifications from around the...

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