Prepare for a media-related career with this combination of film theory, media theory and practical skills, including film-making, animation and digital publishing.
Our BA (Hons) Film Studies and Media Studies will introduce you to the key issues of media and film in the 21st century. We will support you to work creatively and think critically, as you learn to analyse and discuss these subjects with confidence.
You’ll consider the impact of film and the media on society, including politics, youth culture and technology, and explore some of the skillsets crucial in today’s media, such as audio production and online publishing. Television studies will feature prominently throughout your studies. You’ll analyse and debate the latest theories and discover the impact of media on all our lives.
You’ll also learn the language of film from the perspective of a film-maker, and use this to make your own short films, with the chance to explore camera operation, sound recording and editing. Your work will be screened to both tutors and fellow students, allowing you to receive invaluable feedback.
If there is a particular career that you are working towards, or interests that you want to explore, you can specialise further on our optional modules, including subjects such as screenwriting and film journalism. You can also continue to practise your film-making, and create a project for screening at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse.
Throughout the course you’ll have the chance to take part in extra-curricular events such as the Cambridge Film Festival, as well as attend guest lectures from key figures in the film industry. Our recent speakers have included Larry Sider and William Raban.
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
Our BA (Hons) Film Studies and Media Studies will help you prepare for many film and media-related roles, including film and television production and post-production, film journalism, cinema and film festival management, film programming and curation, publishing, broadcasting, web design 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, Cannes Film Festival, CBBC, ITN, London Studios, MTV, New York Film Academy, Optimum Releasing, Sight & Sound and Zenith Productions.
These placements could form part of your assessed work and, for many previous students, have led directly to employment.
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.
You’ll show your progress through many different methods that reflect the range of skills required by employers. Your assignments might include case studies, critical essays, screenplays, journals, film reviews and analyses, presentations, and a portfolio of practical work, as well as ‘hands on’ assignments such as internet, print and video production / 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.
Additional study information
You’ll have access to the kind of equipment you can expect to work with in the professional media industry, including 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.
You can apply to spend one semester in years 2 or 3 studying at Marshall University in West Virginia, USA; Ramapo University in New Jersey, USA; Roskilde University in Denmark; or CEU San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain.
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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