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

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

At Level 4, students will take 15 compulsory credits per semester, in the form of a single 30-credit module running across semesters one and two. In addition to this, students must take at least one further optional module.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Approaching Film: History and Theory

30

Reading Film

15

   

Popular British Cinema: from the 90s to the present

15

   

Introduction to European Cinema

15

   

Digital Video

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

At Level 5, students must take at least 45 credits in Film Studies, including one compulsory 30-credit module. In addition to this, students must take at least one further optional module.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Hollywood and Beyond:

Global Popular Cinemas

30

Adaptation

15

   

Gender and the Cinematic Gaze

15

   

Science-Fiction Cinema

15

   

French Cinema

15

   

Politics and Cinema

15

   

Documentary Theory and Practice

15

   

Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

At Level 6, students must take at least 45 credits in Film Studies, either by choosing three 15-credit optional modules or by choosing a 30-credit Dissertation plus a 15-credit optional module.

Optional modules

Credits

   

ISP (Dissertation) in Film Studies

30

   

British Society Through the Eyes of British Film: 1960’s to the Present Day

15

   

British Women Directors

15

   

Crime in Neoconservative America

 

15

   

World Cinemas in the 21st Century

15

   

Race and Sexuality on Screen

15

   

 

In addition to the elective modules listed in this table, students may choose to study modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other programmes closely related to Film such as English Literature, English and American Literature, American Studies, and Media, Culture and Creative Practice
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as History, Psychology, Politics or Music
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish
  • Freestanding modules in subjects of general interest
  • Freestanding modules related to student volunteering, studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme employability skills and personal development

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az