Film Studies (BA)
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. Visual literacy is a highly marketable skill in the modern workplace, and we’re committed to delivering a progressive, world-class moving image education in all its facets. Our courses provide a close-up view on the diversity of film and television culture past and present. You will also explore how the study of film and television relates to history, politics, philosophy, sociology, the visual arts, drama and literature.
Gain a close-up view on 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. This course will move you through the foundations of film and television analysis and interpretation, 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.
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. 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-related issues, and with an exceptional level of audio-visual literacy.
In your first year, you will be introduced to the foundations of film analysis, theory and history. You will also explore the study of television analysis and criticism alongside the study of cinema. You will also encounter new, exciting topics which will allow you to specialise throughout your degree including Theory for Film, Visual Cultures, Screen Technologies and The Business of Film.
In your second year, you will develop your understanding of specific world and transnational film cultures in our World Cinemas 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, Film and Television Stardom, 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 apply to make a short film on our Film Production module, taught exclusively at Warwick by colleagues from London Film School
Teaching and assessment is distinctive. You’ll write essays, deliver presentations, and take exams—you might also script a short film or design a film festival.
Most core modules in your first year are taught by means of one lecture and one seminar per week in terms one and two. In your second and third years, optional modules are normally taught by means of a lecture and a longer seminar per week.
Screenings are an essential part of our teaching and attendance is compulsory.
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.
Seminars are taught in groups of around 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 including Tokyo University, The University of Amsterdam, Monash University in Australia and Monash University in Malaysia.
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 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.
We have embed employability skills into all of our learning in Film and Television Studies. In addition, there are numerous opportunities for applied learning and assessment across our modules. In particular, optional final year modules offer training in critical writing on film, in digital editing, in film production, in curation and festival design.
A level: AAB
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.
Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
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).
- 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.
Film and Television Analysis
The Business of Film
Theory for Film
Film and Television Criticism
In this module, the film as text is king. You will gain intensive practice in looking at and listening closely to film. The course will equip you with the technical and analytical skills needed to formulate reasoned interpretations of film and introduce you to the best critical scholarship. Film screenings from a broad variety of genres will give you practical opportunities to compare approaches to the use of film form and mise-en-scène, and to justify in writing and in discussion your readings of diverse stylistic choices.
You will connect your growing understanding of film’s technological development with its industrial and social history. In exploring the relationship between cinema and society, you will increase your understanding of the role of the state in film production, and the place of cinema in mass culture. These fundamental theoretical approaches will be accompanied by case studies, giving you a firm grounding in film history as well as an enhanced understanding of different ways of analysing the historical record.
In this module, you will explore the relationships between different types of visual media, including film, photography, video games and artwork, and develop a wider understanding of them to complement and extend that gained in the Year One film modules. You will also explore the basics of television studies, a strand that you will have the option to continue as you progress through your degree programme.
By studying popular genres, films and stars from significant periods of Hollywood history, you will undertake readings and screenings of the historical range of Hollywood production, from the late 1920s to the present day. You will explore the practices and cultures of Hollywood film production, and its aesthetic tradition, codes and conventions in their historical context. You will be expected to justify your own interpretations and comparisons using critical resources and analytical skills, and demonstrate your knowledge of the social and cultural history of Hollywood cinema.
Optional cores - choose one or two of the following:
You will explore the development of silent cinema in Europe and the US, investigating the social and cultural context into which cinema emerged, and covering the evolution of commercial structures, filmmakers, stars and landmark films. You will familiarise yourself with representational practice, aesthetics and stylistic techniques. Using authentic resources, you will research the complexities of cinematic nationalism of the early 20th century and later analyse representations of class and gender in an era of social upheaval and cultural crisis.
Television History and Criticism
On this module, you will unpick accepted positions about what television is and what it does. Building on Visual Cultures (Year One), you will deepen your understanding of television as a historical and theoretical object of study, using a range of examples, and engage critically with some of the most challenging work in television. With scope to pursue your own lines of enquiry, you will develop analytical skills and practical proficiency in the co-creation of a new work, leading to an in-depth understanding of television as a textual, institutional, historical and cultural object.
You will explore the history of avant-garde film, video, sound and installation work by engaging conceptually and practically with its forms, movements and practices. Starting with an understanding of the historical context of the term, you will trace its application from the early 20th century to the present day, including its exchanges and interactions with popular culture.
Film and Television Stardom
You will begin by exploring overarching ideas about aesthetics and how these relate to evaluative, historical and political discourses. The study of film aesthetics will subsequently see you applying these tenets to the evaluation and interpretation of film, in particular in the light of considerations of representation, mode and genre, and social context. By bringing together philosophical and theoretical questions of aesthetics with detailed textual analysis of a range of films, you will learn to apply such concepts to your understanding of contemporary international cinema.
Examples of optional modules/options for current students
Dissertation; Film Production; Practice of Film Criticism; British Film and Television Fiction; Envisioning the World; Hollywood Cinema of the 1970s; Hollywood Romantic Comedy; Horror and the Gothic in Film and TV; Television History and Criticism; Postwar Japanese Cinema; Screenwriting; Issues in Documentary; Ecocinema; Envisioning the World in Screen Media; The Art of Animation; Science Fiction Theory as Film; Film and
Graduates from these courses have pursued careers such as: arts officers, producers and directors; authors, writers and translators; business and related associate professionals; journalists, newspaper and periodical editors; photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators, public relations professionals and educational professionals.
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Working in Radio Film and TV
- Discovering Careers in the Creative Industries
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Creating your Creative Career
Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.
"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 - MA Research in Film and Television Studies
Studied 'Film and Television'
A level: AAB
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.
Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Film and Television Studies
3 years full-time
28 September 2020
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
This information is applicable for 2020 entry.
Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.
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