BA Film Studies
How does cinema affect us as individuals and as groups, as communities or nations? Do the moving pictures reflect our beliefs or help to change how we see the world? How powerful are visual media in shaping our interpretations of modern life? These are some of the most pressing questions cinema asks us. Our ability to read and interpret the images and stories that films deliver is crucial to how we understand contemporary life.
At Essex you combine studying the history and theory of cinema with practical film production, so you don’t just critically examine cinema – you create it. Your production modules enable you to develop and apply your academic knowledge and understanding of film, refining and enriching your own practical work.
We give you the opportunity to explore film across a broad range of genres, time periods, and regions, from Hollywood, world and independent cinema, to documentaries and television. Simultaneously, you gain hands-on experience in film production and production management, essential for careers in the film and television industry.
We nurture the creative talent for tomorrow, developing filmmakers, scholars, and thinkers with a dynamic worldview:
- Gain hands-on experience of camera work, sound recording, editing, lighting, and scriptwriting
- Explore the formal aesthetics of film composition and structure in relation to different contexts of production and reception
- Discover the history and social significance of film as a global medium
- Understand the links between critical analysis and creative practice
- Produce both group films and personal projects
By graduation you will have built up a fully rounded portfolio of work, enabling you to showcase your experience, versatility and creative potential to future employers.
We offer a varied, flexible and distinctive curriculum, focused on developing your abilities in film, and also enabling you to take options from the other courses within our Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies including literature, creative writing, journalism and drama.
We are ranked top 20 in the UK for film studies (Dance, Drama and Cinematics, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).
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Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider an MMM average in Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamensbetyg. Some courses do have specific subject requirements. We also accept other international qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate, most courses require 30 points.
If you have achieved M in English we may not require a further English language test. If you are required to take an English Language test we accept IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Advance or Proficiency and a few others, please contact us for further suitable tests.
The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 3/5 or 2/3 from Bachelor degree. Some courses do have specific subject requirements.
If you are required to take an English Language test we accept IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Advance or Proficiency and a few others, please contact us for further suitable tests.
Degree / diploma
BA Film Studies
Home/UK fee £9,250
International fee £16,850
EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee. Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
University of Essex
University of Essex
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