Film Studies 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

As both a medium of mass entertainment, and a mode of expression, Film is a powerful art form. Studying Film at Keele provides insight into its evolution and cultural importance.

Single Honours
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: P303

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Course Overview

Film Studies

School link:
School of Humanities

The Film Studies programme at Keele looks at the medium across both local and international contexts, combining its focus on British and other national cinemas with the analysis of an increasingly global film culture. It combines an understanding of the history of film as industry and art form, and an analysis of its most contemporary trends, including its relationship to television. Led by experienced lecturers, the programme at Keele enables students to grasp the significance of film across cultural contexts, its importance as a mode of popular entertainment, and its centrality to expressions of individual, national, transnational, racial and sexual identities. Looking analytically at the evolution of the medium throughout different historical moments, and looking especially at its relevance to our modern times, the programme enables students to debate the meaning and value of film, and to develop a critical and historically informed awareness of its artistic possibilities and cultural impact. Film Studies can be taken as a Single Honours degree, or can be combined with a range of other programmes. Students have frequently combined their study of Film with related subjects such as Media, English or Music/Music Technology. Depending on your chosen options, you will have the opportunity to balance theoretical and historical study with creative filmmaking practice (see the Media, Culture and Creative Practice page for more details on these modules).

What will this mean for my future?

A degree in Film Studies can be a starting point for careers in film and television, whether your particular interest is in direction, screenwriting, editing, production or marketing; as well as being a vital foundation for teachers and critics of the medium. Film Studies at Keele can also open up a wide variety of other career options in media and education, as well as publishing, advertising and events management, and a range of other related fields.

Indicative modules

First year 

  • Reading Film
  • Film History and Theory
  • Introduction to Television Studies
  • Popular British Cinema

Second year

  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Contemporary Global Cinema
  • Science Fiction Cinema
  • Adaptation

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