Film Studies (BA Hons)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Let your passion for film flourish, learning from published experts, film festivals and work placements

If you’re passionate about film and want to carve out a career as a screenwriter, film critic, festival programmer, marketer, PR, or even in film research and education, then this course is for you. You’ll be taught by a diverse team with professional research experience. Work placements are built in to the degree at local art-house venues, festivals and renowned entertainment locations, so you’ll gain a first-hand understanding of the film industry.  There is also the chance to visit exciting film festivals, on research trips to Edinburgh and Rotterdam.

Your lecturers will cover a wide range of specialisms, including audiences and identity, art-house, horror, independent cinema and animation. Exploring the history and evolution of film as both an art form and an industry, you’ll deconstruct and analyse film texts, from classical heritage adaptations to the comic book big screen movement. Discover how to engage audiences in preparation for your own film event, which you will plan and organise supported by staff as part of our collaborative film festival.

A work placement is built into the course, so you can gain valuable skills and contacts before graduating. Previous students have worked at Pinewood Studios, the HATCH youth programmers group and the Gloucester Guildhall. Benefit from the Media School’s festival, where you can attend guest lectures and workshops with animators, screenwriters and directors. The festival has previously hosted a BAFTA Shorts screening and guest lectures from actor-director David Morrissey and cinematographer Ben Smithard.

Study style

You will learn about all aspects of the film industry by completing essays, case studies, career files, presentations and professional projects. You will also complete a work placement to ensure you graduate with the required theoretical and practical expertise to continue into a career in film.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 entry*

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Art, Design and Media.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by interview

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeP30H


  • Film critic
  • Screenwriter
  • Film festival programming
  • Marketing
  • Researcher

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Student Focus

Ed Dark

I worked on Harry Potter and now I’m a multi award-winning director.

After graduation, I worked as a visual effects co-ordinator on Harry Potter 6 and 7. I now run my own production company, Catsnake and I’ve won multiple awards. I'm doing my dream job. My films premiere in BFI IMAX. I've worked with Andrew Scott and Stephen Fry. I chose Film Studies to understand the reasons why directors make their decisions. A lecture we had on German Expressionism influences every film I direct now. The lecturers were great. I still speak to them today.

Industry links

Students have fantastic placement opportunities to gain first-hand experience and put their skills to the tests. Recent placements have included Pinewood Studios, Gloucester Guildhall and the HATCH youth programmers group. You can also visit renowned film festivals including Edinburgh, Rotterdam and Encounters (Bristol).

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Staff Profile

Robin Griffiths

"My background is in film research and pedagogy, with my work over the past twenty years having been funded by both the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I am particularly passionate about the role that cinema can play as a potential force for social change. What I love most about teaching is the opportunity to introduce students to films that not only challenge them to rethink what cinema is now, but more importantly, what it could be in the future."

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Visit national and international film festivals

Soak up the atmosphere of film’s most exciting festivals including Edinburgh, Rotterdam and Encounters (Bristol), experiencing the film industry first-hand.

Taught by industry experts

You will be taught by published experts with a broad range of research specialisms. They will support you in carving out your career as a film critic, screenwriter, festival programmer or in film marketing.

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Work placements in film-related companies

Gain valuable experience and contacts before graduating. Previous students have worked for Pinewood Studios, the HATCH youth programmers group and the Gloucester Guildhall.

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