Combine film theory with film-making practice to prepare for a career in many film, arts and culture related roles from production to journalism.
ARU Film Studies has helped me widen my cultural knowledge, gain deep theoretical understanding of the audio-visual arts and form my career goals.
I have since been working at several film festivals.
On our BA (Hons) Film Studies course, you’ll discover the history of global cinema from the avant-garde to Hollywood blockbusters. As well as learning the fundamental theories of film and how it both reflects and affects society, you’ll explore the language of film from the perspective of a film-maker and start to think critically about your creative work.
This will be key in the practical side of the course: making your own explorative short films in video, animation or 16mm format. You’ll be trained in all aspects of the craft, including camera operation, sound recording and editing, receiving regular feedback on your work from tutors and fellow students.
As the course progresses, our optional modules will allow you to further explore your interests or specialise for a particular career, with subjects such as screenwriting and film journalism.
At the end of the course, you’ll put all your well-practised skills to the test in a final-year project that, once complete, will be screened at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. The best will also be selected for showing at the Cambridge Film Festival.
Throughout the course you’ll have opportunities to take part in extra-curricular events such as the Cambridge Film Festival, our Campus Cinema events and regular field trips (such as to the BFI and Tate modern), as well as attending guest lectures from key figures in the film industry. Our recent speakers have included Larry Sider and William Raban. You'll also find more opportunities by joining one of our film-related societies, such as Media: Next Move Arts and Film Viewing.
Your studies will be supported by our team of expert lecturers and a close community of students and alumni, fostered through our dedicated Facebook group and YouTube channel. We also have a Facebook Group dedicated to helping you find work experience on film and video projects - ask your Course Leader for more details.
Course Leader: Neil Henderson
*The Guardian University Guide 2018
ARU has given me not only great facilities, teachers and friends, but also great opportunities.
I co-produced a short film, one of my video works was screened in an international film festival, another was screened at Arts Picturehouse in a special woman filmmaker's screening.
Our BA (Hons) Film Studies will help you prepare for a career in many film and cinema-related roles, including film and television production or post-production, journalism, screenwriting, programming and curation, festival management and public relations.
You might also decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our MA Film and Television Production.
Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies such as the BBC, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Film & Video Umbrella, Cannes Film Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Take One magazine, Watersprite Film Festival, CBBC, ITN Productions, London Studios, MTV, New York Film Academy, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK (formerly Optimum Releasing) and Sight & Sound magazine.
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.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
To reflect the practical nature of the course, you won’t take any written exams. Instead, you’ll show your learning through a portfolio of creative work (including short films and film scripts), film reviews, critical essays and oral presentations. You’ll also critically evaluate your creative work, presenting and defending your work in ‘crits’.
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’ll have access to the kind of equipment you can expect to work with in the professional media industry, including studios, HD cameras and 16mm film cameras, Final Cut Pro editing suites, Steenbecks for 16mm editing, animation rostrum cameras, and screening theatres.
You can apply to spend one semester in years 2 or 3 studying at Ramapo University in New Jersey, USA; Roskilde University in Denmark; or CEU San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain.
We organise and attend many extra-curricular activities, including Film Festivals such as Cambridge and Watersprite, industry guest speakers and field trips. You’ll also be able to join student societies, such as the Film Viewing Society, the Anime and Manga Society and Media:Next Move Arts, which organise their own events.
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
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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