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Film Studies (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)


What will I learn?

This course will develop your critical understanding of the culturally significant art forms and institutions of film and television. You will develop advanced research, debating and writing skills by learning how to structure and present arguments about the moving image. These abilities will greatly enhance your employability in a world increasingly saturated by visual media.

You will be taught in small classes by world leading academics who are passionate about their subject. Within the framework of our traditional focus on film history, theory and criticism, we offer innovative teaching that includes practice-led learning as well as conventional essay writing. We have a vibrant extracurricular culture, with students making and showing films to audiences both within and outside the University. Students and staff also engage with film and television through writing, blogging and screening films in cinema clubs.

Your first year provides a wide-ranging
foundation in how to understand film’s
cultural, aesthetic, historical and critical contexts. You will take core modules in Film Criticism, Film History, Theories of the
Moving Image and Visual Cultures. In your second year you will study core modules on Hollywood Cinema and National Cinemas, with the option to study Television History and Criticism, Silent Cinema and Audio-Visual Avant-Gardes. You may also take options from other complementary departments within the Faculty of Arts. In your third year, you will study a core
advanced module in Film Aesthetics.
You will have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a film and/or television topic of your choice, with individual tutorials from an expert in the field. You will also be able to select from a range of optional research led modules that includes practice-led work
in screenwriting and film criticism.

How will I learn?

You will typically attend an initial screening of the chosen film or television programme followed by a lecture. There is a further screening in which students review the film or television programme in the light of the lecture and set reading. Finally, there are seminars in which 8–12 students convene with a tutor to discuss the week’s topic. All modules have between 4.5–6 hours of contact time per week.

Film and Television Studies students will take four modules per term and Film and Literature Students will take two film modules per term and two literature modules. Typical independent study time is 2–3 hours per week for each module. This figure increases when writing essays and preparing for examinations.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of traditional essays and examinations in conjunction with a range of innovative practice-led assignments. These might include devising a video-essay, writing your own film script, assembling a film festival programme or producing your own short film. Students achieving a 2.1 grade in their first two years have the opportunity to apply to either complete a dissertation or short film in their third year.

  • Entry Requirements

    A level: AAB

    International Baccalaureate 36 points

    Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria outlined at Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Substantial study of literature is essential. We welcome applications from students with other recognised qualifications.
  • Further Information

  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

    Interviews All applicants being considered for an offer will normally need to submit a piece of written work and attend an interview. Separate arrangements can be made for International Students who are unable to attend an interview.

    Departmental Open Days Please do come and meet us on one of the University’s Open Days. We offer an exciting range of events and activities where you can meet staff and students and learn more about the unique study experience we provide. For details of main University Open Days and other chances to visit see the inside front cover.

What modules can I study?

In the first year, you will delve into the history of cinema and the fundamentals of film criticism.

In the second year, you’ll have more flexibility to tailor the course to your own interests, and core modules will focus on Hollywood Cinema and exploring the concept of National and Transnational Cinemas using case studies linked to the expertise of your tutors.

In the third year, you will have the opportunity to apply to write an independent supervised dissertation and the opportunity to apply for a place on a specialist film production module delivered exclusively by the world-renowned London Film School. You can also explore a wide range of specialist topics supported by the research expertise of staff in the department. Recent third year option modules have included Post-war Japanese Cinema, Hollywood Romantic Comedy, Film Documentary, Horror and the Gothic in Film and Television.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Film Studies lead to?

Employability skills are interwoven throughout your studies. The Department runs a dedicated careers and study skills programme across the three years of the degree that are designed to develop your work awareness and introduce you to a range of external industry professionals and organisations. Our students have access to a dedicated career advisor and, in conjunction with this service, many develop a wide range of exciting internships and work experiences. Please see Internships to read accounts of a selection of internships our students have been involved in.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in film and television production, journalism, publishing, advertising, PR, arts administration and to careers in teaching and academia. Our graduates work for organisations including: Condé Nast, BAFTA, BBC, Sky 1, Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham Flatpack Film Festival and Picturehouse Entertainment. Please see Careers for further information about what some of our Film and Television graduates are doing – and how they think their degree helped them.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level
IB: 36 points


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Film and Television Studies

Download our Film & Television Studies brochure

Student blogs
Huwen Edwards - Film Studies

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.