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Film Studies

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

104

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Film studies

Film Studies BA (Hons) at De Montfort University (DMU) develops your skills as a professional film-maker, critic, event organiser, writer or industry analyst through the academic study of cinema, to prepare you for a career in the creative industries.

From broadcast journalism to the arts and events, this course focuses on the study of film and its variety of uses, and challenges you to see far beyond just the viewing experience. You will be able to choose modules that combine practice and study, giving you a strong theoretical understanding, as well as versatile skills such as communication and critical analysis.

We have a strong focus on employability, and graduates have gone on to work for high-profile employers including the BBC and Odeon Entertainment in varied roles including research, teaching and writing for film, public relations and film journalism.

You will have the opportunity to:

- Gain a strong theoretical understanding of the global film industry, cult film, media capture and processing, audiences and fandom, writing for the screen, and the practical skills of film-making.

- Learn in a real cinema environment thanks to our partnership with Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre, while benefiting from placement opportunities and the chance to organise and manage an annual film festival.

- Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Students have been able to immerse themselves in Hollywood’s fan culture, tour iconic cinemas in Berlin and attend the famous Cannes Film Festival.

- Benefit from experts in our prestigious Cinema and Television History Research Institute, as well as guest lectures by well-established film directors, exhibitors, writers, distributors, and journalists.

Our Communication, Cultural and Media Studies ranked joint 1st in the UK for the proportion of its research outputs rated as world leading (4*) in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014).

Film Studies at DMU can be taken either as a Single or Joint Honours course; the Joint option allows you to study another subject alongside Film, such as Creative Writing, Journalism, English Language and Media. Whichever route you choose, you will be taught by a team of experienced subject experts with a range of relevant professional, industry and creative expertise.

Modules

Year one
• Introduction to Film Studies
• Introduction to Global Film History
• Media Capture and Processing
• Writing, Reviewing and Film Criticism
• Film and New Media
Year two
• British Cinema
• Disney
• The New Hollywood
• Film and TV Genres
• Script to Screen
• Professional Practice, Film Festivals
• Media, Gender and Identity
Year three
• Film Studies Dissertation or Major Filmmaking Project
• Cult Film
• Filmmakers
• The Past on Screen
• Writing for the Screen
• Audiences and Fandom
• Film Exhibition and Consumption

Assessment methods

The course is taught using a mix of lectures, film screenings, small group discussions, group and practice-led projects, individual tutorials and private study. You will normally attend between 14–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and can expect to undertake at least 24 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research. You will be provided with lecture support materials through Blackboard, our interactive teaching resource. Our varied and imaginative assessment methods develop a range of critical, creative and communication skills.
They include essays, research reports, presentations, creative work, film reviews, edited collections and other group projects.
Our teaching team has close connections with film directors, writers, distributors and journalists who give guest lectures, ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice. Film Studies at DMU is closely affiliated with Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema, which also acts as a base for employment and work experience opportunities, ensuring our students are ready for employment upon graduation.
All students work on collaborative and individual film productions over the three years of the degree. You will experience writing, shooting, casting and editing, and you will be guided to contribute to real film festivals across the UK. Students on our Writing, Reviewing and Film Criticism module (year one) run a film blog and are set writing commissions by external partners, including Phoenix Cinema. Students taking our Professional Practice, Film Festivals module (year two) gain experience of developing and delivering a film festival in a range of roles. These opportunities, alongside the industry focus, are key parts of our wider teaching and will allow you to make sense of the cinema industry and film culture from a practical, creative and commercial perspective, as well as develop your industry links.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,750
per year
International
£14,750
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:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Media

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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.

54%
low
Film studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

63%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
58%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
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

56%
Library resources
61%
IT resources
51%
Course specific equipment and facilities
32%
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?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
35%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

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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