FILM AND LITERATURE (BA)
Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36
This course unites a traditional discipline with a newer, pervasive and culturally essential one. It will develop your understanding of film and several European literatures, their history, aesthetics, and social and cultural significance.
With an equal weighting of both subjects, this course brings together a traditional discipline (literature) with a newer, pervasive and culturally essential one (film and screen studies). Literature modules are specifically designed for the course by three other top-ranked departments (English, German and French).
As the course progresses, you’ll have increasing freedom to delve into areas that particularly intrigue you. Our small classes mean you’ll be taught closely by world-leading academics who share your passion for the subject. You’ll also be able to take advantage of our thriving extracurricular culture, perhaps writing, blogging about, making or screening films. You’ll emerge from your course with the highly valued ability to research, structure, argue and write to a very high standard on a breadth of current media and literature-related issues.
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.
Screenings are an essential part of our teaching.
Lectures are typically 50 minutes long and contain a lot of information about that week’s topic.
Seminars are perhaps the biggest change from school or college. A seminar is a small group discussion led by a tutor. We teach in groups of just 8-11 students to give everyone focused attention and to allow each student plenty of space to speak.
Degrees in our department are 3-year programmes made up of smaller units called modules. You’ll take between 4-6 modules per year of your degree. Typically there will be 4-6 hours contact time per module. Generally speaking, for each module you take you can expect to have 1-2 screenings per week, a lecture per week and a seminar per week. These are what we call our contact hours.
Seminars are taught in groups of 8-11 students.
Assessment varied by modules studied. The second and third year count 50% each towards your final mark.
You are also able to apply for an exciting four-year BA Film and Literature with Study Abroad degree programme created in partnership with a range of leading universities around the world.
By taking this route, you will develop your knowledge of Film and Television Studies and Literature by looking at a range of topics from different perspectives. You will have the chance to develop a specialist understanding of local and national media and film cultures of the area in which you study. You will be exposed to different teaching styles and approaches and have a chance to truly experience the underlying international nature of film.
You can apply for a place on a specialist third-year module in Film Production. The module is delivered by the London Film School at Warwick and makes use of our new purpose-built edit suite and state of the art filmmaking equipment.
You have the opportunity to spend a year abroad studying at one our partner institutions. Students enrolled on a year abroad course extend their period of study from three to four years. The third year is spent at one of our partner institutions, with students returning for a fourth year to complete their degree.
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A level: AAB to include either English Literature or English Language and Literature combined
IB: 36 to include 5 in Higher Level English Literature
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.
- 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. 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.
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Aspects of French and German Literature
Modes of Reading
- Hollywood Cinema
- National Cinema
- National Cinema
- Silent Cinema
- Choice of modules offered by the English Department
- Film Aesthetics
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
Dissertation; Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Pedro Almódovar; British Film and Television Fiction; Postmodernism and Hollywood; Hollywood Romantic Comedy; Horror and the Gothic in Film and TV; Television History and Criticism; Postwar Japanese Cinema; Re-enactment in Documentary; Screenwriting; Cinema and Architecture; Science Fiction Theory as Film; Choice of modules offered by the English Department and the Faculty of Arts (subject to agreement); Film Production with London Film School, Ecocinema, Envisioning the World in Screen Media, Film and Social Change.
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, Channel 4, Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham Flatpack Film Festival and Picturehouse Entertainment.
A level AAB to include either English Literature or English Language and Literature combined
IB 36 to include 5 in Higher Level English Literature
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.
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad
24 September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and a year abroad.
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There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.
This information is applicable for 2019 entry.