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What makes Film Studies at Worcester special?

Cinema has been one of the most significant forms of cultural communication over the last century. Studying film gives us the chance to understand much about how we, as people, interact, represent our ideas, and tell our stories. In an information age, it is a priceless skill to be able to interpret cultural intelligence.

Film Studies at Worcester is small but mighty. Our programme is strongly research-led, meaning the course content remains fresh and original, and with a blend of practical and theoretical approaches, you will have the chance to develop skills and perspectives that will support your career aspirations.

Key features

  • Small class sizes and 1-to-1 tuition
  • Excellent employment potential in careers like advertising, PR and journalism, as well as in film itself
  • Study Film in combination with a second subject, such as Screenwriting, Film Production, Journalism or Media & Culture.
Study Film Studies at the University of Worcester

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

Film Studies at University of Worcester has taught me how to engage with film critically to the level I thought I wasn't capable of. The passion lecturers have for their subject inspired me to search for the opportunities to continue my academic career.

Milda Vaiciuvenaite, Class of 2014

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Film: Theory & Practice
  • Hollywood and Beyond    
  • Truth, Reality and the Documentary Film

Optional

  • Contemporary World Cinema
  • Improving English and Academic Style in Academic Writing
  • Introduction to Television
  • French Stage 1
  • German Stage 1
  • Spanish Stage 1
  • Italian Stage 1

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Approaches to Film
  • Film Genre Studies

Optional

  • British Cinema
  • Film: Culture, Audience, Industry
  • Representations of Sex, Gender and Race in film
  • Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV
  • Screen Adaptation
  • Single Camera Drama
  • Factual Film

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Cinema and Modern Life      
  • Independent Study

Optional

  • Film & Folklore
  • Film Reviewing
  • Underworld UK
  • Studies in Cult & Exploitation Cinema
  • Work Experience
  • Factual Film Production
  • TV Times

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Study film culture in an academically rigorous way.
  • Develop your critical faculties in an exciting and supportive environment.
  • Express yourself in a clear and cogent manner, both in written work and in presentations.
  • Appreciate global cultures and frame them in productive and informed ways.
  • Compare and contrast different film industries and understand your own place as a consumer and viewer of cinema.
  • Develop inter-personal skills through group work and class discussions.
  • Conduct well-organised and thorough research.

Assessment

There is a wide variety of assessment methods including oral and written presentations, essays and reports; in some cases practical film-making may be offered. There are no formal examinations (just one module has an in-class assignment based on a film screening). This makes the course interesting and we give you all the help you need while you are learning how to do these tasks.

  • Lectures, seminars, film screenings, presentations, small group discussions, one-to-one tutorials and essay preparation sessions.
  • Each week’s teaching for each module is usually based around one key filmic text and one key theoretical text.
  • Some modules offer visiting speakers and opportunities to work outside the university.
  • Strong emphasis is placed on interaction and debate between the lecturer and the tutor.
  • assignments are either coursework (essays, film scripts, short films) or presentations.

The emphasis on this course is on active learning and interaction with others. Many of the modules will include screenings (especially Introduction to Film Studies) and interactive lectures designed to stimulate and motivate students and to guide them through subsequent general reading.

Students can expect to engage with structured and general reading, screenings, observations, practical work and experiential learning. There will be additional involvement in interactive learning through, for example, seminar discussions, team presentations and simulation exercises. Modules shared with Digital Film Production BA (Hons) e.g. Writing for Digital Film Production, particularly promote practical skills.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

  • Dr Mikel Koven

    Mikel Koven is the author of Blaxploitation Film (2010), Film, Folklore & Urban Legends (2008) and La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film (2006); he co-edited Folklore/Cinema: Popular Film as Vernacular Entertainment (2007) and a special issue of Western Folklore on the topic of “Folklore & Film”. He was formerly Editor of the journal Contemporary Legend before taking up the role of President of the International Society of Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR). In addition to folklore, horror cinema and exploitation films, Mikel has researched cult movies, Jewishness in film and TV, representations of the Holocaust, and fandom.

    Mikel teaches modules including Introduction to Film Studies, National Cinema and Film Genre. He is also responsible for specialist modules in Cult & Exploitation Cinema and Film & Folklore.

  • Dr Paul Elliott

    Dr Paul Elliott is responsible for modules on Approaches to Film, Hollywood and Beyond, Cinema and Modern and Underworld UK. He is a member of the High Education Academy and has a PGCert in Higher Education, and is also a member of BAFTSS and MECCSAA.

    Paul has published several books, including Studying the British Crime Film, which explores the underbelly of the British crime film and examines how a variety of films portray various aspects of British society.

Never regretted choosing Film Studies for even a second. Film seminars with Mikel would make my brain hurt (in the best way possible) and Paul’s lectures were always an eclectic, refined treat.

Eva Mackevic, Class of 2013

Careers

Where could it take you?

Film Studies develops student skills in practice-as-research and research-as-practice for a number of culture and media industries including exhibition, distribution, audience-based marketing, journalism, film education, curating, programming, filmmaking, screenwriting and further academic research.

This course also provides an ideal basis for postgraduate study.
Film graduates enter careers in:

Arts organisation
Publishing
Media and journalism
Film production
Media research
Advertising
Marketing and public relations
Events organisers
Business and industry
Public Relations
Look at some of the examples of skills developed by Film Studies students. You will be able to use them on your CV to demonstrate a range of qualities you can offer:

Practical skills and experience
Working in a team
Working independently
Writing effectively
Communication with others
Clear and logical thinking
Finding information
Evaluating ideas
Showing initiative
Advance planning and working to deadlines
Organising yourself

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

Tuition fees for international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2017 will be confirmed soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,125 per 15-credit module, £1,500 per 20 credit module and £2,250 per 30-credit module.

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £91 per week to the £149 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

The Film Studies Department is brilliant, clear with communication, happy to help when needed and enthusiastic about their subject. They are one of the best areas at the University.

National Student Survey, 2014 comment

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Film Studies BA - P303 BA/FilmS

 

Joint Honours:
Film Production and Film Studies 
BA - PW36 BA/DFPFS
Drama & Performance and Film Studies 
BA - WP4H BA/DPSFS
English Language and Film Studies 
BA - QP3J BA/ELFS
English Literature and Film Studies 
BA - QP3H BA/ELSFS
Film Studies and Media & Culture
BA - P390 BA/FSMCS
Film Studies and Screenwriting 
BA - PW38 BA/FStSW

 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

 

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

P303

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Course leader

Dr Mikel Koven
01905 855297
m.koven@worc.ac.uk