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BA (Honours) Film Studies

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

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS P303 Course code

Course description

What you study

Develop your passion for film through your studies by learning and experiencing cinema in all its forms, from silent film to digital media. We introduce you to

• film form, narrative and style • a wide range of films, from Hollywood to non-mainstream cinemas • a wide variety of film genres, film makers and film movements • a selection of national cinemas from around the world, including American, British, East Asian and European • a range of contemporary, thought-provoking film theory.

You consider the social, aesthetic, cultural and industrial influences that have helped shape cinema around the world. This understanding of how real world issues affect filmmaking is essential if you wish to gain a career in the TV and film industries. The degree includes creative opportunities, such as a module where you edit your own video essay. As well as professional skills, such as film reviewing and designing your own film-festival programme.

You can study one or more areas in which our teaching staff specialise, such as • European cinemas • American horror • documentary • east Asian cinema • Hollywood • British and European TV drama and comedy • contemporary US television • film journalism.

In your final year you develop your personal interests in film studies by completing a dissertation on a topic of your choice and by carrying out your own research projects within modules.

Key areas include • introduction to film analysis • studying for stage and screen • film history • film narrative • Hollywood • film theory • American horror • documentary • East Asian cinema • music in film • Must-See TV • professional film writing.

Links with industry

We enjoy close working relationships with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Sheffield's Showroom cinema. We have privileged access to the BFI national archive, which contains more than 50,000 fiction films and over 100,000 non-fiction titles, most of which are not available on VHS or DVD. We collaborate with Film Hub North on BFI Academy Film Schools and host regional events and screenings in association with the BFI and the Showroom Cinema. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Sheffield is a thriving creative hub and home to a wide range of production companies (including the world famous Warp Films), theatres and film festivals. There are many opportunities for students to gain valuable experience working with our external partners, such as • Sheffield International Doc/Fest • Sheffield Live! • Celluloid Screams • Sensoria • Cinema for All.

Films are shown in our purpose-built film theatre, The Void. It combines new technology, including DCP (digital cinema package), projection of Blu-ray and DVD through a 4K digital projector, with older technology, such as our Westrex 7000 35mm projectors. These projectors can show both recent and rare, culturally valuable films in their original cinema format, celluloid. We are one of the few universities in the country with this capability.

You also have access to our learning centre, which has • 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

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film studies or a relevant subject (such as English or media studies.) We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.


• 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film studies or a relevant subject (such as English or media studies.) We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of at least 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills.

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• introduction to film analysis • studying for stage and screen • Cinema Now! • studying film history • Cinemania (researching the cinema) • film narrative

Year two core modules

• thinking about movies • European cinemas • a close up on British cinema

Year two options

• beyond the mainstream • TV comedy and drama • Hollywood • professional film writing

Year three core modules

• film studies dissertation • film theory

Year three options

Three from • American nightmares • contemporary East Asian cinema • creative screens • Must-See TV • documentary

(Modules offered vary from year to year. Other topics may be added in the future.)

  • essays
  • presentations
  • project-based assignments such as a dissertation
  • blogs


As well as work related to film and television, you can persue 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.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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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