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Italian with Film Studies (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Italian with Film Studies (BA)

Italian with Film Studies (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • R3W6
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: ABB
  • IB: 34
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


Our Italian with Film Studies (BA) degree allows you to specialise in Italian language and culture, while spending a quarter of your time on Film Studies.


Italian Studies at Warwick provides the opportunity to explore the extraordinary breadth and depth of Italian language and culture in collaboration with recognised experts in the field. Intensive language work from advanced level opens up the richness of Italian language and cultural life. Combining Italian with film means you’ll graduate as a highly qualified linguist with a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Italy’s past and present, advanced intercultural skills and an excellent knowledge of visual aesthetics, cinematic culture and narrative forms.

On this degree you are able to specialise in Italian language and culture, while spending a quarter of your time on Film Studies.

This course (25% Film Studies) has a strong focus on Italian components covering language, culture, and literature but it is also intended for those with an interest in film, both Hollywood and European, and normally includes a component on Italian film.

Throughout your degree you will study Italian language at an appropriate level. In addition, in each year, you will study one or two culture modules in Italian. In your first and intermediate years you will have a core module in Film Studies. In your final year you can take one or two optional modules in Film Studies and/or other departments within the university. In your final year, you can choose to research a dissertation if you wish.

Your year abroad will be spent studying at an Italian university alongside Italian students and immersing yourself in Italian.

We employ a variety of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars (in which the emphasis is on student participation) and written and spoken language classes. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading and analysing materials set for study, engaging with secondary sources, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Class sizes
Seminars approx 15; oral classes 8-10.

Contact hours
Around 10-12 hours of teaching per week.

We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.

The final degree classification is determined by your intermediate- and final-year marks; each of these years contributes 50%.

Second or third year abroad is normally spent studying at an Italian university, working alongside Italian staff and students, improving your knowledge and understanding of the country and culture which you have chosen to study. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant (year 3 only), or to set up an independent work placement.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

  • Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school
  • Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country
  • On a work placement

    The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.

    A level: ABB to include a modern or classical language

    IB: 34 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

    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.

      Interviews
      We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

      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 One
    Modern Italian Language 1 (at beginners, intermediate or advanced level)

    The History of Modern Italy

    You will chart the course of cultural, political and social change in Italy over the 20th century, studying key moments in its history, including the rise of fascism, the economic boom of the mid-20th century, and political extremism of the 1970s, through to contemporary issues such as immigration and recent economic and political crises. You will study these events through the lens of literary and cinematic works and gain an understanding of how they have contributed to the nature and identity of contemporary Italy, in order to prepare you for your year abroad. You will also build your competence in textual analysis, independent research and essay-writing.

    OR

    Introduction to Italian Culture

    How should we ‘read’ a literary or visual text? What are the considerations of form, audience and context that enable us to make sense of a cultural product? In what ways should a performance be understood differently from something fixed on the page? You will address these questions by considering four representative avenues of expression in Italian culture, namely cinema, short stories, lyric poetry and theatre-writing. You will refine your skills of analysis and have the opportunity to sample different periods of Italian culture, from the Renaissance through to intellectuals such as Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, and the poet Giacomo Leopardi, representative of the Romantic tradition. You will end your course equipped with the appropriate technical vocabulary to discuss different art forms fluently and in an informed manner.


    Discovering Cinema
    Intermediate Year^
    Modern Italian Language 2

    This module will extend and refine your competence in Italian. With an emphasis on the key skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing, you will consolidate your proficiency in both new and familiar grammatical and linguistic structures, and expand the range and sophistication of your vocabulary and use of register in spoken and written discourse. In addition to classroom exercises, advanced discursive written work and oral projects, you will also be directed to appropriate activities for self-study.

    OR

    Modern Italian Language 3

    On this module, you will develop your translation, writing and oral communication skills to advanced level. You will engage in translation as a practical skill, working with native speakers to produce translations of literary, journalistic and academic texts with a focus on conveying nuances of meaning and culturally specific terms. You will develop greater fluency in different writing styles and genres. Oral sessions will increase your familiarity with more sophisticated registers of spoken Italian and raise your awareness of recent developments in Italian society so that you can discuss aspects of contemporary Italy in relation to your personal experiences.


    Hollywood Cinema

    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 Modules

    Intermediate year Italian Studies modules

    Intermediate year SMLC modules


    Final Year
    Modern Italian Language 4

    Building on Intermediate year language, you will deepen your writing, speaking and translation skills, paying particular attention to register and style and learning some of the underpinning translation theory. We approach translation not just as a linguistic exercise but as a practical skill, so you will work with first-language Italian speakers to produce translations of literary, journalistic and academic texts, and explore techniques for conveying semantic nuances, culturally specific terms and more sophisticated registers of spoken Italian. Both the writing and oral components of the course will raise your awareness of recent developments in Italian society and enable you to discuss relevant aspects of contemporary Italy in relation to your personal experience.

    Optional Modules

    Final year Italian Studies modules

    ^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken

    Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Amazon, British Airways, Civil Service, Grayce Consulting, HM Revenue and Customs, HSBC, Ipsos Mori, Lidl, NBC Universal, Save the Children International and The Department for International Trade.

    They have pursued careers such as: business and financial project management professionals; chartered and certified accountants; financial accounts managers; human resources and industrial relations officers; management consultants and business analysts; public services associate professionals, teachers and other 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:

    • What are you doing after Warwick? Career planning for final year language students
    • Careers in the Public Sector
    • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
    • Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
    • Reflecting on Your Year Abroad
    • Languages Alumni Evening

    Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.

    A level: ABB to include a modern or classical language

    IB: 34 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

    Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    UCAS code

    R3W6

    Award
    Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    Department
    School of Modern Languages and Cultures

    Duration
    4 years full-time, including a year abroad

    Start date
    28 September 2020

    Location of study
    University of Warwick, Coventry

    Tuition fees
    Find out more about fees and funding

    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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