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Film Studies (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Film Studies at Warwick?

  • We are one of the oldest Film Studies Departments in the UK with a long established global reputation in the field. The Department has been ranked first in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the last three consecutive years. The department achieved an outstanding score of 98% for Teaching Quality in the National Student Survey 2015.
  • You will learn from internationally renowned scholars committed to teaching undergraduate students in a dynamic and innovative learning environment. You will study in a purpose-built £3.5m facility where you will have access to four screening theatres served by 35mm and digital high-definition projection. Your studies will be supported by the finest collection of Film Studies resources in any UK university library, which includes an unmatched collection of over 20,000 films.
  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), we were ranked the leading stand-alone Film and Television Studies department in the country with 89.5% of our submitted research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Dr Helen Wheatley

Film and Television Studies

Joshua Glenn


Why study at Warwick

A view from our academics

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. In your third year, you will study a core advanced module in Film Aesthetics. Subject to eligibility, you may 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 Film Studies modules have between 4.5–6 hours of contact time per week.

Film 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.

NB: There is no practical film making component in any of our courses.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of assessed essays and examinations. Students achieving high 2.1 grades in their first two years have the opportunity to complete a dissertation in their third year, enabling them to research an area of specialist interest.

Entry Requirements

A level: AAB, to include at least one of the following: English Literature, English Language-Literature (combined), Film Studies, History

International Baccalaureate 36 points, to include 5 in at least one of the following at Higher Level: English Literature, Film or History.

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Substantial study of Literature is essential.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Essential Subjects

Advanced or Higher level qualifications (normally grade B) in either English Literature, Film Studies or History.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Departmental Open Days Applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Departmental Open Day, which are usually held in the Spring.

UCAS: W620

What modules can I study?

First year modules may include Basic Criticism; Basic History; Theories of Moving Images and Visual Cultures.

Second year modules may include Hollywood Cinema; National Cinema; Silent Cinema; TV History and Criticism and Audio-Visual Avant-Gardes. One further option module may be taken from the Faculty of Arts, subject to approval to the Head of Department.

Third year modules may include Film Aesthetics; Dissertation; Postmodernism and Hollywood; Swedish Cinema; Romantic Comedy; British Film and Television Fiction; Issues in Documentary (Reenactment); Horror and the Gothic in Film and TV; Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Pedro Almódovar and Hollywood Cinema of the 1970s.

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
: AAB to include at least one of the following: English Literature, English Language-Literature (combined), Film Studies, History
IB: 36 points to include 5 in at least one of the following at Higher Level: English Literature, Film or History.


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.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.