Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
Explore cutting-edge media and film theory along with historical perspectives, and develop specialist skills like filmmaking, animation and creative publishing.
With high-profile work placements and a unique balance of theory and practice, we’ll expand your knowledge of the media and give you the critical and creative skills you need to make your own films. You’ll even get to see them screened at a professional arts venue.
Our film studies modules are taught by researchers and practitioners who are experts in their field, and you'll investigate film-making practices and critical approaches from all over the world, spanning the history of cinema. You’ll get the chance to make explorative, creative, and independent short films in video, animation, or 16mm formats, and develop your interests in film practice, film reviewing, film theory, and screenwriting.
Our students volunteer to help with the Cambridge Film Festival, make short films for Cambridge United Football Club, and get involved with other organisations too. Our graduates have gone on to do MAs and PhDs, to work as independent filmmakers, film journalists and teachers, and entered the special-effects and post-production industries.
Our media studies modules integrate practice-based learning with media production. You’ll investigate topics like media institutions, relationships between media, power and economics, creative coding social and digital media and contemporary television, while developing skills in media research methods, digital media, writing, publishing, radio and video production.
You'll also find plenty of extra-curricular events to help with your learning and 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 festivals, conferences and productions that you can get involved with behind the scenes as well.
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. You’ll also be well prepared for other professions that need an understanding of the media, like web design, publishing, and human resources.
You might enjoy your degree so much that you decide to take a Masters course, like our MA Film and Television Production.
You’ll show your progress through many different methods, reflecting the range of skills demanded by employers. Your written assignments might include case studies, critical essays, screenwriting, journals and log books, evaluation reports, film reviews and analyses. You’ll demonstrate your presentation skills, and create portfolios of work. We also use a range of 'hands-on' methods including internet, print and video production and commissions.
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.
You can apply to spend one semester in years 2 or 3 studying at Marshall University in West Virginia, USA; Roskilde University in Denmark; or Università Roma Tre in Italy.
You’ll build relationships with film and media-related organisations through work placements, internships and other volunteering opportunities. Our previous students have undertaken placements with BBC, CBBC, MTV, ITN, London Weekend Television, the New York Film Academy, Zenith Productions, London Studios, Red TV, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and the Cambridge Film Festival.
These placements could form part of your assessed work, and in many cases have led directly to employment.
We’ll give you access to the kind of equipment you can expect to work with in the professional media industry. This includes film and television studios, HD cameras and 16mm film cameras, Final Cut Pro editing suites, Steenbecks for 16mm editing, animation rostrum cameras, multimedia studios, screening theatres and radio suites.
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
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
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.
Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.
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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