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Film Studies (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

Moving images are the creative life force of the modern era. Studying them provides a unique means for you to better understand the world you live in. Explore the diversity of film and television culture as you explore how the moving image relates to history, politics, philosophy, sociology, the visual arts, drama and literature.

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This course will move you through the foundations of film analysis, theory and history to develop your understanding of specific national and historic film
cultures. Having explored the breadth of the subject, you’ll then be able to follow your academic curiosity by specialising in topics of particular interest. In your third year, you’ll also have the opportunity to apply for a place on a specialist film production module in delivered exclusively by the world-renowned London Film School.

Within the framework of our traditional focus on film history, theory and criticism, we offer innovative teaching, including practice-led learning and assessment, as well as conventional essay writing. Our vibrant extracurricular culture means you’ll be surrounded by others who share your love of the subject. Many of our students make and show 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.

In your first year, we will introduce you to the foundations of film analysis, theory and history. You will also explore the study of television and related forms of visual culture and image making.

In your second year, you will develop your understanding of specific world and transnational film cultures in our National Cinema module, alongside the study of Hollywood Cinema. You will also choose one (or a maximum of two) of the following modules: Silent Cinema, Television History and Criticism or Audio-Visual Avant-Gardes. You may also select one further optional module from the Faculty of Arts, subject to approval from the Head of Department.

In your third year, alongside the year-long core module on Film Aesthetics, you will be able to specialise in a wide range of topics led by staff with specific expertise. You can also apply to write and research an independent dissertation project of your choice or make a short film on our Film Production module.

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.

Contact hours

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.

Class size

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 Studies 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 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

  • IB: 36

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • 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.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Film Criticism

  • Film History

  • Visual Cultures

  • Theories of the Moving Image

Year 2
  • Hollywood Cinema
  • National Cinema
Optional cores – choose one or two of the following:
  • Silent Cinema
  • Television History and Criticism
  • Audio-Visual Avant-Gardes
Year 3
  • Film Aesthetics
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Dissertation; Film Production (with London Film School); Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Pedro Almódovar; British Film and Television Fiction; Hollywood Cinema of the 1970s; Hollywood Romantic Comedy; Horror and the Gothic in Film and TV; Television History and Criticism; Postwar Japanese Cinema; Screenwriting; Re-enactment in Documentary; Ecocinema; Envisioning the World in Screen Media; Science Fiction Theory as Film; 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.


"I enjoyed the world of work, but knew I wanted to study further."

"I wanted to study at a leading institution and knew Warwick was the best, being number one in the UK for Film and Television when I applied. It’s always great to study something you love so there was no doubt I would enjoy my course.

The enthusiasm from staff was really inspiring and although I decided to enter the world of work after finishing my degree, I’m now back studying my MA Research in Film and Television Studies here. I had always wanted to study further but the staff here at Warwick made the decision to return very easy for me. "

Daisy Richards - Currently completing MA Research in Film and Television Studies

Studied 'Film and Television'

Entry Requirements

A level AAB

IB 36

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

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and a year abroad.

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

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.