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Film Studies with Philosophy

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Film Studies with Philosophy

  • UCAS code W6V5
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2020

The course

How do film and television interact with society? Do audio-visual media simply reflect the world around us, or do they help to make it what it is?  By combining Film Studies (75% of your course) with Philosophy (25%) you'll bring different and exciting approaches to the understanding of film.

Our unique 360˚ approach to cinema allows you to understand film from every angle: from stars to directors, historical origins to contemporary economics, socio-political contexts, to aesthetic achievements and from the dynamics of screenplays to the global cultures that shape production, reception and film form itself. You'll come away from the course speaking confidently about concepts and ideas, with the ability to deftly critique them, too – ideal skills for the communication industries, creative arts and beyond.

Taking this approach, you will study film and television from Hollywood and Europe, Bollywood, Asia and Latin America alongside a range of more experimental non-narrative film, television and digital media forms.

You'll get a comprehensive grounding in the history and theory of moving image media, including the opportunity to undertake courses in screenwriting.  After a grounding in the key theoretical and historical aspects of film in your first year, you can go on to explore those topics that intrigue you and capture your attention in film and television’s rich artistic, social and political traditions.

At Royal Holloway we have a unique approach to Philosophy that looks beyond the narrow confines of the Anglo-American analytic or the European tradition of philosophy focus on both traditions, their relationship and connections between them. The result has been the creation of a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative course that brings together academic staff from departments across the university.

With the opportunity to examine (amongst other things) the mind and consciousness, aesthetics and morals, the self and others, the range of subjects available to Philosophy students at Royal Holloway guarantees that there will be something on offer that really engages you during your time with us.

  • World-leading experts in Hollywood, Bollywood, European and world cinema.
  • Go beyond the norm, looking at experimental, non-narrative media.
  • Learn to question concepts and critically analyse media.
  • Gain a grounding in contemporary philosophy.
  • Fully optional third year lets you follow your interests.

in the UK for research

Source: Communication, Cultural and Media studies, Library and information management - Times Higher Education, REF 2014


of our Media Arts graduates are employed or go on to further study within six months of graduating

Source: DLHE, 2017


in the UK for Film Production

Source: Guardian University Guide 2018

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