Film Studies (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Film Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

Film as both a means of socio-political communication and as a form of entertainment is a highly influential art form.

Film Studies at Keele is a theoretical degree programme in which you analyse and investigate the possibilities of film, as well as its influence on our understanding of history, the present and the future. You’ll learn how film functions within society, how it explores individual, national, sexual and racial identities, and how it has developed over time and across cultures. This is a broad and challenging discipline, involving the rigorous and critical study of films from around the world. You might choose to focus on your own particular interests, such as film directors, international cinemas, film cultures or film genres.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of singlel honours Film Studies.

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Reading Film 
  • Film Texts and Contexts: History and Theory 
  • Popular British Cinema: From the '90s to the Present
  • Teen Movies
  • Introduction to European Cinema
  • Introduction to Television Studies

Elective modules: 

  • Mediated World
  • Digital Video
  • Scripting for Short Film
  • New York, New York: An Introduction to American Culture
  • Understanding Culture
  • The Photographic Message 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Film Texts and Contexts: Contemporary Global Cinema 
  • Science-Fiction Cinema
  • French Cinema

Elective modules: 

  • Politics and Cinema
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Seoul Summer School
  • Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film
  • Documentary Theory and Practice
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America
  • Twentieth Century Novels into Films 

Third year

Core modules: 

  • Dissertation

Elective modules: 

  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation 
  • Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory
  • British Society through the eyes of British Film: 1960s to the present
  • Representing the Self, Family and Society on Contemporary British and American Television
  • British Women Directors
  • Parody in British Film and Television
  • Film Noir: The Dark Side of America
  • Cinematic Modernisms
  • Seoul Summer School
  • Writingscapes

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Film Studies. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Reading Film 
  • Film Texts and Contexts: History and Theory 

Elective modules: 

  • Popular British Cinema: From the '90s to the Present 
  • Reading Literature
  • Telling Tales: An Introduction to Narrative Fiction
  • Mediated World
  • Digital Video
  • Introduction to European Cinema
  • New York, New York: An Introduction to American Culture
  • Becoming a Critic
  • Understanding Culture
  • The Photographic Message 

Second year 

Core modules: 

  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Film Texts and Contexts: Contemporary Global Cinema 

Elective modules: 

  • Politics and Cinema
  • Science-Fiction Cinema
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • French Cinema
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America
  • Twentieth Century Novels into Films 

Third year

Core modules: 

  • British Society through the eyes of British Film: 1960s to the present 
  • Representing the Self, Family and Society on Contemporary British and American Television 
  • British Women Directors
  • Parody in British Film and Television 
  • Dissertation

Elective modules: 

  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation 
  • Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 21%
  • Guided independent study – 79%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 20%
  • Guided independent study – 80%

Third year

Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 13%
Guided independent study – 87% 

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Film Studies at Keele can open up a wide variety of exciting career options in film, television, education, publishing, advertising and events management, as well as a range of other fields. If you choose a career directly related to film, you might work as an editor, scriptwriter, researcher or producer.

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Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects. 

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

Dual Honours Course can be combined with:

CoursesUCASCoursesUCAS

Accounting:

NP43

Human Geography:

PL3C

American Studies:

TP73

Human Resource Management: PN3P
Biochemistry: CP73 International Relations: P3L2

Chemistry:

FP13

Law:

P3M1
Computer Science: GP43

Mathematics:

PG3C

Criminology:

MP93

Media, Communications and Culture:

PP39

Economics:

LP13

Medicinal Chemistry:

PF31

Educational Studies:

XP33

Music Technology:

PJ3X

English:

QP33

Physical Geography:

P3F8

Environmental Studies:

F9P3

Politics:

PL3F
Finance:

NP33

Psychology:

P3C8
Forensic Science:

F4P3

   
Geography: P3L7     

Geology:

PF3P

 

 

 

Foundation Course available:

CoursesUCAS
Film Studies and Humanities Foundation Year:
This four-year degree course is designed for students who wish to
study Film Studies but lack the necessary background qualifications.
P3V0
Film Studies Single Honours    P303

Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.
All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Film Studies with Foundation Year: P3V0 View KIS Stats
Film Studies Single Honours : P303 View KIS Stats

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the Film Studies programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in their second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Reading Film
  • Film Texts and Contexts: History and Theory

Second year

  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Film Texts and Contexts II: Contemporary Global Cinema

Third year

  • British Society through the eyes of British Film: 1960s to the present
  • Representing the Self, Family and Society on Contemporary British and American Television
  • British Women Directors
  • Parody in British Film and Television
  • Dissertation in Film Studies

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.

For Dual Honours courses, other combinations are available