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BA Film Studies

BA Film and Literature


In this course, you will devote your three years to studying the aesthetics, history and theory of film. You will have the opportunity to undertake specialist pathways in film studies, television studies, and film practice.

Single Honours

You’ll combine the academic study of film with literature modules from Warwick’s French Studies, German Studies and English Departments.

Joint Honours

Year 1 You’ll study core modules in film criticism, film history, theories of the moving image and visual cultures. The first year will offer a broad toolkit of approaches to film and visual media and set you up for advanced study. You will study core modules in film criticism and film history with us, and two specially designed literature modules with our partner departments, Modes of Reading and Aspects of French and German Literature in Translation.
Year 2 Hollywood Cinema and National Cinemas, plus at least one of the following options:
  • Silent Cinema,
  • TV History and Criticism,
  • Audio-Visual Avant-Gardes.
Most students take two from this list, but you also have the option to choose just one and then select a further module from anywhere in the Arts Faculty, subject to approval by the Head of Department.
Hollywood Cinema, then either Silent Cinema or National Cinema, with the rest of your modules being drawn from a vast choice of literature options.
Year 3 As well as our core Film Aesthetics module, third years in Film Studies can pick from a wide range of optional modules, based on the active research interests of staff working in the department. Recent modules offered to third years include: Postmodernism and Hollywood; Screenwriting; The Practice of Film Criticism; Post-war Japanese Cinema;Romantic Comedy; British Cinema; Issues in Documentary; Horror and the Gothic in Film and TV; Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Pedro Almódovar; Hollywood Cinema of the 1970s. Students can also apply to undertake a written dissertation, an independent research project guided by a supervisor, or apply for a place on a specialist film production module delivered by the London Film School. Third years must take Film Aesthetics and at least one 30 CAT literature module. The remaining half of your course of study can be made up of a choice from the list opposite and a broad list of literature and Arts Faculty options.
Entry requirements AAB. AAB, including B in English Literature, or English Language and Literature Combined.
Choose this if…
  • You are interested in all kinds of film and television
  • You are prepared to attend several screenings per week of course materials
  • You want to be able to take as many film modules as possible
  • You would like a practice element to your study
  • You want the option to study abroad for a year*
  • You are interested in film studies, but don’t want to drop the study of literature
  • You really like reading
  • You don’t mind being more limited in how many film modules you can take
Our students say… “The content is both stimulating and fascinating, covering a wide range of ground, ranging from the silent cinema of the late 19th century, to the superhero blockbusters of the modern day. It has been an absolute pleasure to come into university every day to study a subject that I love.” “Doing both Film and English, I was able to choose from a wide range of modules and studied what interested me the most.”

*subject to approval