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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Film Studies

Develop your passion for film by experiencing cinema in all its forms.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? P303
When do I start? September

Student satisfaction

This course scored 92% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Learn cinematic codes and the conventions of film storytelling, with a grounding in narrative theory.
  • Study a variety of films across a range of different genres, periods and countries in state-of-the-art cinema facilities.
  • Have the opportunity to study abroadErasmus funding is available for European placements.
  • Develop research skills with an emphasis on how they can be applied to future careers.

Learn to analyse films as well as cinema's industrial development, changing production, distribution and exhibition practices and leading theoretical frameworks. You also have the opportunity to undertake a range of activities related directly to future employment across a number of industries, such as film journalism, film marketing, and management of film festivals.

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How you learn

Watch lecturer Jonathan Bridle talk about this course.

In lectures you gain knowledge and understanding of the subject. In seminars and workshops you participate in discussion, presentations and writing exercises, developing communication and teamwork skills, as well as the ability to think and respond quickly and creatively to questions and ideas. 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

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • workshops
  • film screenings
  • essays
  • online blogs
  • shot breakdowns and segmentations
  • verbal presentations
  • portfolios
  • video essays

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

Suzanne Speidel
Suzanne Speidel
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University's Humanities Research Centre

Applied learning

Live projects

During the course you have the opportunity to engage with a range of volunteering opportunities and placements at film festivals (such as DocFest, Celluloid Screams and Sensoria), as well as participate at film events (such as running film clubs and screenings). Students also publish a film magazine, The Void, and participate, as both presenters and production crew, in our own weekly radio programme, The Film Show, on Sheffield Live!

Field trips

Alongside taught sessions, your learning is expanded by trips off-campus (previous trips have included the British Film Institute, the National Science and Media Museum , local cinemas, and the Berlin Film Festival ) as well as a variety of guest lecturers and speakers including, leading film directors, script writers, film composers and film journalists.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • the arts, media and entertainment industries
  • teaching
  • community development
  • the cultural industries
  • arts administration
  • events management
  • journalism
  • professional writing
  • marketing
  • programme scheduling.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

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

  • state-of-the-art 4K digital projection
  • twin 35mm film projectors
  • thousands of films on DVD, Blu-ray and on-campus online screening
  • a large collection of cinema books and journals
  • a unique collection of archival material on microfiche
  • individual viewing facilities for private study with access to the BFI's SIFT database

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 104

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

  • BCC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • 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.

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'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cinema Now! Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cinemania Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Film Narrative Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Film Analysis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Studying And Researching Cinema Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Studying Film History Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Community Cinema Credits: 20
Module: European Cinemas Credits: 20
Module: Thinking About Movies Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: A Close-Up On British Cinema Credits: 20
Module: Beyond The Mainstream Credits: 20
Module: Diy Film Making Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Hollywood Cinema Credits: 20
Module: Tv Comedy & Drama Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Film Dissertation Credits: 40
Module: Film Theory Credits: 20
Module: Professional Film Writing Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: American Nightmares Credits: 20
Module: Contemporary East Asian Cinema Credits: 20
Module: Documentary Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Must-See Tv Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.

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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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