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Film [with Foundation Year]

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Film studies

Learn both film theory and film-making practice and prepare for a career in film, arts and culture-related roles from production to journalism on our BA (Hons) Film degree in Cambridge.

As one of our students you’ll discover the history of global cinema from the avant-garde to Hollywood blockbusters. As well as learning the fundamental theories of film and how it reflects and affects society, you’ll explore the language of film from the perspective of a filmmaker and start to think critically about your creative work.

This will be key in the practical side of the course: making your own explorative short films in video, animation or 16mm format. You’ll be trained in all aspects of the craft, including camera operation, sound recording and editing.

As the course progresses, our optional modules will allow you to further explore your interests or specialise for a particular career with subjects such as screenwriting and film journalism.

Throughout the course you’ll be supported by our team of expert lecturers and a close-knit community of students and graduates, who all keep in touch through our dedicated Facebook page.

In your final year, you’ll put your well-practised skills to the test in a project that, once complete, will be screened at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. The best will also be selected for showing at the annual Cambridge Film Festival.

Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies such as the BBC, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Film & Video Umbrella, Cannes Film Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Take One magazine, Watersprite Film Festival, CBBC, ITN Productions, London Studios, MTV, New York Film Academy, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK (formerly Optimum Releasing) and Sight & Sound magazine.

As a student at ARU you’ll have use of a fully-equipped HD multi-camera TV studio with multi-purpose scenic backdrops, suitable for current affairs, drama and magazine programmes; a film studio featuring overhead lighting, tracks, dollies, green screens, and flats; a full range of HD cameras, as well as Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film cameras, and sound-recording equipment for location filming; the complete Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, including Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects. You’ll be trained on all our equipment by a team of experienced technical staff.

Our course will help you prepare for a career in many film and cinema-related roles, including film and television production or post-production, journalism, screenwriting, programming and curation, festival management and public relations.

Our links with local and national organisation will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies including the BBC, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK, Sight and Sound magazine, and Watersprite Film Festival.

Throughout the course you’ll benefit from extra-curricular events such as Cambridge Film Festival and our Campus Cinema events; regular field trips, such as to the BFI and Tate Modern; guest lectures, with recent speakers including Jayne Parker, Margaret Salmon, Guy Sherwin, Larry Sider, and William Raban; events offered through our student-led film societies; and the chance to join Cam FM, a student-run radio station with studios on our campus and at Cambridge’s famous Fitzwilliam Museum.

What’s more, you can choose to study abroad as part of your course and get funding to cover the cost.

You might also decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our MA Film and Television Production. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Modules

Level 3 (foundation year)

Foundation in Humanities, English, Media, Social Sciences and Education

Year one, core modules

Film Language and Concepts
Creative Moving Image
Screenwriting: The Short Film

Year one, optional modules

History of Global Cinema
Introduction to Filmmaking: Super 8mm

Year two, core modules

Theorising Spectatorship
Classical Hollywood Cinema
Cinema and Sound
Documentary Film Theory

Year two, optional modules

Independent Cinema: US and Beyond
16mm Filmmaking
Non-Fiction Filmmaking
Film Criticism and Reviewing
From Script to Screen

Year three, core modules

Major Project

or

Major Project in Film Practice
Special Topics in Film Studies
Multiplexed: Contemporary Popular Cinema

Year three, optional modules

Screenwriting: Writing and Selling the Feature Film
Narrative in Global Cinema
Professional Practice in Film
Experiments in Film and Moving Image
Film Journalism
Experimental Cinema

Optional modules available all years

Anglia Language Programme

Assessment methods

To reflect the practical nature of the course, you won’t take any written exams. Instead, you’ll show your learning through a portfolio of creative work (including short films and film scripts), film reviews, critical essays and oral presentations. You’ll also critically evaluate your creative work, presenting and defending your work in ‘crits’.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Cambridge School of Creative Industries

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
med
Film studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Media studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

64%
UK students
36%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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D
C

After graduation


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Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
93%
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Employed or in further education
19%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Media, journalism and communications

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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