BA (Honours) Film Studies with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Film Studies with Foundation Year

Course in clearing Full-time Acting film and TV

Develop your passion for film by experiencing cinema in all its forms, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What is the UCAS code?

    C014

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?

    Yes


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Course summary

  • Develop your passion for cinema by learning from the experts.
  • Study films from around the world, and explore the changing nature of cinema.
  • Work on live briefs and an accredited work placement.
  • Benefit from our unique state-of-the-art cinema facilities specially designed to show films in a vast range of formats, including 35mm and DCP projection.
  • Join at the foundation year and develop your personal skills, awareness of resources and commitment to the subject.

This is one of the longest-established film studies courses in the UK. You’ll study films, filmmaking and the changing face of the cinema industry. You’ll have amazing opportunities to enhance your professional profile and employability prospects — specialising in fields ranging from film journalism and marketing to film festival management.

Find out more about out screenwriting and film courses, facilities and student projects on the SHU Screen website.


How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

In the foundation year, you will start by developing a good base of knowledge, but also the personal skills and awareness of resources that will help you manage your studies effectively and be self-motivated.

Our modules include weekly screenings, either in our own cinema, The Void, or at Sheffield's leading art cinema, the Showroom, with whom we have a long-standing partnership.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • film screenings 
  • workshops
  • essays 
  • video essays
  • presentations
  • blogs 
  • professional portfolios 

You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Turing scheme.

Course leaders and tutors

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Fraser Stevens
Lecturer in Performance, Course Leader for the Foundation Year in Humanities

Fraser is artist/scholar and lecturer in Acting and Performance.

Applied learning

Live projects

You’ll collaborate with a wide network of industry, charity, and community partners — showcasing your knowledge and skills. You’ll work independently and in diverse teams at each stage of your study, bringing your ideas to life in response to real briefs. In the foundation year, you will undertake a series of projects that respond to real world debates.

Work placements 

In your second year you’ll curate and build your professional profile, by taking a credit-bearing placement in collaboration with one of our partners that connects your work with audiences.

Field trips

We run regular field trips to film festivals and cinema visits. Our students have visited Berlin Film Festival, Salford MediaCity, Bradford WideScreen Weekend, BFI Southbank, and participated in Doc/Fest, Celluloid Screams, Sensoria, and Festival of Debate. Trips start from the beginning of the foundation year and continue throughout your studies.

Networking opportunities

We work with nationally and internationally renowned festivals such as Doc/Fest, Celluloid Screams, and Off the Shelf, as well as bringing leading talent in film programming, film journalism, and film festival organisers to Sheffield to work with our students. You’ll benefit from regular networking opportunities and masterclass events, and get a head start into the creative industries.

We invite speakers from different cultural sectors to talk to our students about professional careers in film.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • film journalism
  • teaching in film and media
  • film programming
  • audience development
  • events management
  • arts administration
  • community development
  • the cultural industries

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival
  • Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast
  • Film Hub North
  • Showroom Cinema
  • Sky Sports
  • Site Gallery
  • Rotherham College

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • a specialist cinema equipped with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection, twin 35mm film projectors, DCP projector, large screen and surround sound.
  • an extensively stocked learning centre with 10000s of DVDs and film books/journals.
  • a unique collection of archival material on microfiche 
  • individual viewing facilities for private study with access to the BFI's SIFT database
  • dedicated co-working space equipped with flexible desks, large screens, laptop library, comfy seating, and a shared kitchen where you can collaborate with other students in the Department of Humanities, to shape your next big idea.
  • our Performance Lab with two theatre studios, state-of-the-art lighting and audio rigs, and green room facilities.

Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Talent Accelerator
Credits 120
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Cinema And Genre
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Cinemania
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Film Analysis
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Film Consumption
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Film Movements
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Thinking About Movies
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
British Cinema
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Ideas Into Action
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
World-Wide Cinema
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
On The Box
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Rights, Camera, Action
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Screen Storytelling
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Show Business
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(60%) , Practical(40%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Placement Year
Credits -
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Film Dissertation
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Film Education
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Film Programming
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Framing Borders
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
My Kind Of Movie
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Professional Film Writing
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Telly Visions
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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