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International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
- 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
- film screenings
- video essays
- professional portfolios
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
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.
48 UCAS Points, including 24 from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.
If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.
|Module: Talent Accelerator||Credits: 120||
|Module: Cinema And Genre||Credits: 20||
|Module: Cinemania||Credits: 20||
|Module: Film Analysis||Credits: 20||
|Module: Film Consumption||Credits: 20||
|Module: Film Movements||Credits: 20||
|Module: Thinking About Movies||Credits: 20||
|Module: British Cinema||Credits: 20||
|Module: Ideas Into Action||Credits: 40||
|Module: World-Wide Cinema||Credits: 20||
|Module: On The Box||Credits: 20||
|Module: Rights, Camera, Action||Credits: 20||
|Module: Screen Storytelling||Credits: 20||
|Module: Show Business||Credits: 20||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Film Dissertation||Credits: 40|
|Module: Film Education||Credits: 20|
|Module: Film Programming||Credits: 20|
|Module: Framing Borders||Credits: 20|
|Module: My Kind Of Movie||Credits: 20|
|Module: Professional Film Writing||Credits: 20|
|Module: Telly Visions||Credits: 20|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. 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.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
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, screenwriting and film courses (PDF, 742.1KB)
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