BA (Honours) Film Studies

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Film Studies

Full-time Acting film and TV

Explore the world through cinema and develop the skills you need for a future in film.

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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?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    112-120 UCAS points

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Course summary

  • Develop your passion for film by learning from industry experts.
  • Study films from around the world and explore the changing nature of cinema.
  • Kickstart your career with accredited work placements.
  • Benefit from our state-of-the-art cinema facilities, specially designed to show films in a range of formats.

We’re proud to be one of the longest-established film studies courses in the UK. You’ll study a wide range of disciplines, from critical thinking skills to genre films – all while examining the changing face of the cinema industry. You’ll have hands-on opportunities to develop a rich professional profile and gain specialist skills in film programming, film education and film journalism.

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How you learn

Watch lecturer Jonathan Bridle talk about this course.

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.

Our team of experts will help you gain in-depth knowledge while nurturing the skills you need – in everything from film criticism to festival curation. When you’re ready, we’ll introduce you to our professional network, opening real-world opportunities for you to gain experience in the film and cultural industries.

You learn through

  • film festivals 
  • film screenings
  • video essays
  • film programming and marketing
  • professional writing portfolios 
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • presentations

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

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Emmie McFadden
Dr Emmie McFadden
Course Leader BA Film Studies

My teaching on the Film Studies course focuses on exploring notions of 'hidden-ness' in film and film history, and I seek to uncover and make more visible the presen … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements and 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 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 Sheffield Doc/Fest, Celluloid Screams, Sensoria, and Festival of Debate.

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

We’ve previously welcomed

  • Pamela Hutchinson – Freelance writer for Sight and Sound
  • Melanie Iredale – Deputy Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Mikeala Smith – Programme Manager, Showroom Cinema
  • Ricky Charlesworth – Teacher in Film and Media, Rotherham College
  • Lewis Coates – Screenwriter, director, and videographer
  • Isabelle France – Film Marketing, Showroom Cinema
  • Jaq Chell – Head of Operations, Cinema For All

We have a strong alumni network and will encourage you to connect with a variety of external partners to better understand the career and professional opportunities open to you. Our careers services are available from your very first day and support you beyond graduation. Expert advisers can help you discover future careers, develop your professional skills, and help you to stand out when you apply for jobs.

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

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


Our Film Studies graduates have gone into exciting careers in

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Queen’s Film Theatre
  • 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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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.
  • industry-standard digital software, including Premier Pro, InDesign, and Audition.
  • an extensively stocked learning centre with 10000s of Blu-rays, 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.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112 -120

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Merit overall from a T level qualification
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


• English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

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'.


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

Cinema And Genre
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
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 2

Compulsory modules

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

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 3

Optional modules

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

Compulsory modules

Film Dissertation
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

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.

Additional costs for Acting, film and TV courses (PDF, 333.7KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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We guarantee to find you an affordable place to live that’s close to campus and comes with all bills included

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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