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Film Studies

Entry requirements


At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

104

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BCC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Film studies

- Develop your passion for cinema by learning from the experts.

- Study films from around the world, and explore the changing nature of cinema.

- Work on live briefs and an accredited work placement.

- Benefit from our unique state-of-the-art cinema facilities specially designed to show films in a vast range of formats, including 35mm and DCP projection.

This is one of the longest-established film studies courses in the UK. You’ll study films, filmmaking and the changing face of the cinema industry. You’ll have amazing opportunities to enhance your professional profile and employability prospects — specialising in fields ranging from film journalism and marketing to film festival management.Throughout the course, lectures allow you to gain knowledge and understanding of the subject. In seminars and workshops you participate in discussions, presentations and writing exercises. These develop your communication and teamwork skills, as well as the ability to think and respond quickly and creatively to questions and ideas. Our modules include weekly screenings, either in our own cinema, The Void, or at Sheffield's leading art cinema, the Showroom, with whom we have a long-standing partnership.

**You learn through**
- lectures

- seminars

- film screenings

- workshops

- essays

- video essays

- presentations

- blogs

- professional portfolios

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

**Applied learning**

**Work placements and live projects**
You’ll collaborate with a wide network of industry, charity, and community partners — showcasing your knowledge and skills. You’ll work independently and in diverse teams at each stage of your study, bringing your ideas to life in response to real briefs. In your second year you’ll curate and build your professional profile, by taking a credit-bearing placement in collaboration with one of our partners that connects your work with audiences.

**Field trips**
We run regular field trips to film festivals and cinema visits. This year our students visited Berlin Film Festival, Salford MediaCity, Bradford WideScreen Weekend, BFI Southbank, and participated in Doc/Fest, Celluloid Screams, Sensoria, and Festival of Debate.

**Networking opportunities**
We work with nationally and internationally renowned festivals such as Doc/Fest, Celluloid Screams, and Off the Shelf, as well as bringing leading talent in film programming, film journalism, and film festival organisers to Sheffield to work with our students. You’ll benefit from regular networking opportunities and masterclass events, and get a head start into the creative industries.

We invite speakers from different cultural sectors to talk to our students about professional careers in film.
We’ve previously welcomed:
- Jaq Chell – Head of Operations at Cinema For All

- Linnea Pettersson – Young Audience Coordinator at Showroom Cinema

- Isabelle France – Film Marketing at Showroom Cinema

- Mikeala Smith - Audience Development Coordinator at Showroom Cinema

- Ricky Charlesworth – Teacher in Film and Media at Rotherham College

We have a strong alumni network and will encourage you to connect with a variety of external partners to better understand the career and professional opportunities open to you. Our careers services are available from your very first day and support you beyond graduation.

**Competitions**
There are a range of prizes that recognise student achievement and outstanding contributions to university life. The Hallam Award, for example, recognises students’ exceptional participation in university life, involvement in the Students’ Union, and representation of their peer-groups.heir peer-groups.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
Year 1
Compulsory modules

Module: Cinema Now! Credits: 20
Module: Cinemania Credits: 20
Module: Film Narrative Credits: 20
Module: Introduction To Film Analysis Credits: 20
Module: Studying And Researching Cinema Credits: 20
Module: Studying Film History Credits: 20
Year 2
Compulsory modules

Module: Community Cinema Credits: 20
Module: European Cinemas Credits: 20
Module: Thinking About Movies Credits: 20
Elective modules

Module: A Close-Up On British Cinema Credits: 20
Module: Beyond The Mainstream Credits: 20
Module: Diy Film Making Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Hollywood Cinema Credits: 20
Module: Tv Comedy & Drama Credits: 20
Final year
Compulsory modules

Module: Film Dissertation Credits: 40
Module: Film Theory Credits: 20
Module: Professional Film Writing Credits: 20
Elective modules

Module: American Nightmares Credits: 20
Module: Contemporary East Asian Cinema Credits: 20
Module: Documentary Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Must-See Tv Credits: 20

Assessment methods

Coursework

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
£13,995
per year
International
£13,995
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

TEF rating:
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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?

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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

79%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section 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

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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
20%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
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.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

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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