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Year of Entry 2020/21
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: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 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 2020
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.

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.

Student View

Watch student MaeMae Millichamp talk about what it’s like to study on this course

How you learn

Watch lecturer Jonathan Bridle talk about this course.

Throughout the course, lectures allow you to gain knowledge and understanding of the subject.

In seminars and workshops you participate in discussions, presentations and writing exercises. These develop your 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

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

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

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Dr Emmie McFadden
Senior Lecturer in 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. This year our students visited Berlin Film Festival, Salford MediaCity, Bradford WideScreen Weekend, BFI Southbank, and participated in 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 speakers from different cultural sectors to talk to our students about professional careers in film.

We’ve previously welcomed

  • Jaq Chell – Head of Operations at Cinema For All
  • Linnea Pettersson – Young Audience Coordinator at Showroom Cinema
  • Isabelle France – Film Marketing at Showroom Cinema
  • Mikeala Smith - Audience Development Coordinator at Showroom Cinema
  • Ricky Charlesworth – Teacher in Film and Media at Rotherham College

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.

Competitions

There are a range of prizes that recognise student achievement and outstanding contributions to university life. The Hallam Award, for example, recognises students’ exceptional participation in university life, involvement in the Students’ Union, and representation of their peer-groups.

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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

City Campus

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

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
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

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.

GCSE

  • 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'.


Modules

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 can take an optional placement in year three.

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 2020/21 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 2020/21 is £13,650 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.

Additional costs for Film and performance courses (PDF)

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