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BA Film Studies


Our degree in Film Studies, which combines the established strengths of our highly-rated Media Arts department and School of Modern Languages at Royal Holloway, gives you solid foundations in the history and theory of moving image media. You'll also have the opportunity to develop your own appreciation and understanding of film and television's rich and diverse artistic, social and political traditions.

What you'll study

You'll be able to study Hollywood and European cinemas and UK television as well as non-western cinemas, global television and non-narrative film depending on the courses you choose.

Over the three-year degree, you'll encounter film and programme-makers as diverse as Michael Mann, Dennis Potter, Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion, Alan Ball and Jean Renoir - to name but a very few - in numerous genres, movements, historical periods and social context.

The degree focuses on contextual analysis, film and television history and film aesthetics. It is taught through a combination of formal lectures, small group teaching, screenings and individual tutorials. Our students benefit from daily contact with our staff who are internationally-recognised experts in their subject areas.

How you'll be assessed

Your first year will give you a comprehensive grounding in the areas which lay the foundations for more advanced study in your second and third year. Assessment is carried out by a combination of exams at the end of your first year, followed by written assignments (essays, scripts or production papers), extended essays and assessed coursework in your second and third year.

Our students

The BA Film Studies is most appropriate for students primarily interested in the critical appreciation of film and television rather than in the practice of making films. This is a non-practical degree that provides you with an understanding of the role film and television play in different social and cultural contexts.

It prepares you for a wide range of careers, not just in the media industry but also in other areas where solid analytical and good communicative skills are necessary.


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