Film Studies (2017 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

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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.

Course content

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)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

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
  • Introduction to Television Studies

Elective modules: 

  • Mediated World
  • Digital Video
  • New York, New York: An Introduction to American Culture
  • Understanding Culture
  • The Photographic Message 
  • Introduction to European Cinema

Second year 

Core modules: 

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

Elective modules: 

  • Politics and Cinema
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film
  • Documentary Theory and Practice
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America
  • French Cinema

Third year

Core modules: 

  • Dissertation

Elective modules:  

  • Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory
  • British Society through the eyes of British Film: 1960s to the present
  • British Women Directors
  • Race and Sexuality on Screen
  • World Cinemas in the 21st Century
  • The Middle Ages on Film
  • Creative Magazine Production
  • Visual Pleasures: From Carnival to Disney

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

Third year

Core modules: 

  • British Society through the eyes of British Film: 1960s to the present 
  • British Women Directors 
  • Dissertation

Elective modules:

  • Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Race and Sexuality on Screen
  • World Cinemas in the 21st Century
  • The Middle Ages on Film
  • Creative Magazine Production
  • Visual Pleasures: From Carnival to Disney

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

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Film Studies with Foundation Year: P3V0 View Unistats for this course
Film Studies Single Honours : P303 View Unistats for this course

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).

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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.

Becky Darby, Film Studies

Becky Darby, Film Studies

"Film Studies is the best!"

2016