Film Studies in the UK

Film Studies in the UK

Film Studies courses in the UK

Introduction to Film Studies

Film studies deals with theoretical, historical and critical approaches to films and explores the narrative, artistic, cultural, economic, and political implications of the cinema. It analyses production, theoretical framework, context, and creation and often includes the study of conflicts between the aesthetics of visual film and the textual analysis of screenplay. Film studies involves a lot of time viewing films, reading and writing about them, and discussing their meaning and importance, which in time fosters an understanding of visual aesthetics, narrative forms and technological ability. Students gain hands-on experience of the roles of producer, director, screenwriter and actor, gaining crucial insights into the fundamental aspects of film.

From Alfred Hitchcock to Ridley Scott and from Bruce Robinson to Richard Curtis the UK has produced and continues to produce excellent films that stand the test of time. The global prevalence of the English language is one reason why and a further incentive to study here for anyone aspiring to work in film.

Careers in Film Studies

Film studies graduates find work as film or video producers, editors and researchers. They work in film marketing and PR, media production, publishing, film making, arts and events management and local and community broadcasting. Famous film studies graduates include Paul W S Anderson, who was director of video game adaptation Mortal Kombat and was also behind such box-office successes as Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator. Skills such as how to operate a camera and edit footage are not to be underestimated either and you will have an excellent grounding in arts, literature and culture. This degree opens up career paths into media, business, law and management.

What are the entry requirements for Film Studies?

For international students wishing to study Film Studies at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 5.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 6.5 score generally required at most universities.

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Where can I study Film in the UK?

To learn more about some of the best Film Study universities in the UK, please see below:

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