Get a solid grounding in film history and theory, and use a critical knowledge of film culture to explore ideas when creating your own film projects. You’ll discover a wide spectrum of approaches to the moving image, and develop specialist interests with subjects like film practice, reviewing, theory and screenwriting.
Our Film Studies course offers a unique blend of theory and practice. On our theory-based modules you’ll explore film-making practices and critical approaches from all over the world, spanning the history of cinema from the avant-garde through to Hollywood blockbusters. But you’ll also make explorative, creative, and independent short films in video, animation, or 16mm formats, preparing you for work within the film industry.
In the final year your major project will be screened in the graduation show at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, a professional public cinema. There’ll also be plenty of extra-curricular events to help with your learning and your future career.
Terrence Davies, Peter Gidal, Malcolm Le Grice, Henry K. Miller, Jane Parker, Lucy Reynolds, João Moreira Salles, Steven Shaviro, Margaret Salmon and Catherine Wheatley have all featured as our guest speakers, and we regularly host events like festivals, conferences and productions, which you can get involved with behind the scenes as well.
Course leader: John White
This course will prepare you for a career or further study in film and video production, film and television post-production, film journalism, cinema and film festival management, film education, film programming and curation, broadcasting and public relations.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
Because of the practical nature of the course, you won’t have to take any written examinations. Instead, you’ll demonstrate your learning through critical essays, oral presentations, film reviews, evaluation reports and your portfolio of creative work (such as film scripts or short videos). You’ll also give critical evaluations of your creative work, and present and defend your work in ‘crits’.
Each year you’ll prepare a Personal Development Portfolio, which includes a CV and personal statement. This will give you the chance to reflect on your progress to date, the skills you’ve developed and any extracurricular activities that will help you when looking for work.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Additional study information
Our links with the Cambridgeshire Film Consortium will give you the chance to screen your project work at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and, if good enough, the Cambridge International Film Festival. The Arts Picturehouse will also host some of the lectures and screenings on your taught course.
Through our partnerships with regional and national organisations, you’ll gain an excellent grounding for many roles within the film and creative industries. Our recent placements and internships have included the BBC, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge United Football Association, Cannes Film Festival, CBBC, ITN, London Studios, LUX, MTV, New York Film Academy, No.w.here, Optimum Releasing, Red TV, Sight & Sound and Zenith Productions.
You’ll also have the chance to undertake commission work and gain valuable experience in the film and creative industries through volunteering opportunities, including at the Cambridge Film Festival.
We’ll give you access to industry-standard film equipment, including Super 8 Nizo cameras, 16mm Bolex film cameras, and a number of rostrums for traditional animation. Our digital facilities feature Panasonic and JVC HD cameras, and Macintosh computers with Final Cut Pro software for editing and post-production. Our campus also houses film and television studios, multimedia studios and screening theatres.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
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We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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