Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Film Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: W631

What you'll study

You study critical, historical, practical and theoretical approaches to film in your first year, providing a solid foundation for your subsequent years of study. Beyond that, you're free to tailor the programme to suit your own interests. You'll be assessed through essays, presentations and a portfolio of practical work.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Writing Criticism

    Sharpen your skills of film analysis. You'll closely examine a range of different types of cinema, and complete a series of written exercises that will help you become a better film critic.

  • History of Hollywood Cinema

  • The Craft of Filmmaking

    Gain insight into the practical and collaborative elements of filmmaking. This module will introduce you to direction, cinematography, production management, editing and audio, with opportunities for practical application and critical reflection.

  • American Film and Society

    You will explore the relationship between Hollywood cinema and American society from the 1930s to the present day, considering how films of different genres and periods have tackled themes such as race, gender, sexuality, class and disability.

  • Screen, Nation, Identity

    This module analyses screen texts with reference to their historical contexts of production and reception. You'll explore the relationships between screen texts and identity politics via East Asian, European, and North American cinema. Films include Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Blade Runnerand Festen.

Optional modules

  • Global Challenge

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Screening Genders

    This module gives you the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of feminist film theory.

  • Representing Reality, Disclosing Truth and Capturing the Everyday

    You'll explore the huge range of different ways that film and television can represent reality, and why, in an era of alternative facts and fake news, representing reality matters. As well as documentary film and television, this module will encompass realist drama, news, lifestyle television, and more.

Optional modules

  • American Alternative Cinema

    This module examines and critically evaluates film practice beyond the Hollywood mainstream. You'll encounter alternative filmmaking practices such as 'exploitation cinema', 'trash cinema', 'cult cinema' and 'independent/underground cinema'. You will have the opportunity to study some of the most infamous examples of alternative cinema such as Pink Flamingos, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Bad Girls go to Hell.

  • The Art of Storytelling

    Learn how film stories are put together, and how to take them apart. You'll explore topics including exposition, closure, suspense and temporal ordering, in a module designed to refine your appreciation of the structure of screen narratives.

  • Work Based Learning

  • US Cold War Culture: From Consensus to Dissent

    Understand how the Cold War shaped American Culture, and how American Culture shaped the Cold War. You'll explore the impact of events such as the invention of the atomic bomb, McCarthyism, and the Vietnam War, upon American film, media and society.

  • American Animation History

    In this module, you'll develop a deeper understanding of the history of American animation by taking an in-depth look at the genre.

  • Landmarks of World Cinema

    Examine different national cinemas and draw on the analysis of relevant historical, cultural, and socio-political contexts. You'll explore concepts including debates around defining world cinema; ideas of first, second and third cinema; global and trans-national cinema; the relationship between genre and world cinema; film movements; international stardom, and film distribution practices.

  • Documenting America: Themes in American Nonfiction Film

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core module

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • East Asian Cinema

    This module delivers key critical and theoretical approaches that engage with national and transnational elements of East Asian Cinema. You'll study a dynamic and innovative programme from China, Japan, and Korea including films from Seven Samurai to Old Boy, and filmmakers from Seijun Suzuki to Bong Joon-ho.

  • Is Television History?

    This module offers a wide-ranging exploration of the ways in which television can represent history and act as a subject within history and historical enquiry. You'll study television dramas set in the past; historical documentaries and quasi-documentaries on television; the practices of television history within the academy; issues raised by burgeoning studies of memory and nostalgia; museums and other 'sites of remembrance'; television's uses of its own past; and the effect of television and other recording media upon how we conceptualise history.

  • Disney Studies

    This module looks at the history and impact of the Disney studio/Disney company.

  • Global Nightmares: Contemporary Horror Cinema From Around the World

    This module critically analyses the contemporary horror film in a variety of national contexts. You'll study horror cinema from countries as diverse as the US, Brazil, France, Australia and Iran, including the films It, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, [REC], and À l'intérieur/Inside.

  • Screen Production Project

  • American History by Hollywood

    From D W Griffith’s 1915 epic The Birth of a Nation onwards, Hollywood filmmakers have drawn upon the history of the United States as a bountiful source of stories characters and adventures. Exploring cinematic representations of events such as the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement, or figures as diverse as Abraham Lincoln and Jesse James, this module compares Hollywood’s version of history with what historical courses say ‘really’ happened in the past.

“I chose Hull because I liked the modules compared to other universities I looked at. They're better suited to me, and what I want to get out of the course.”

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More about this course

After the success of Hull's year as the 2017 UK City of Culture, there could hardly be a better place to study Film Studies. You benefit from brand new facilities – like Middleton Hall, where we've invested £9.5 million in creating a world-class concert venue, cinema and theatre space. These come on top of our existing state-of-the-art TV, film and digital media facilities on campus. This programme combines practical skills with theory to give you a thorough grounding in the art form – from the earliest days of cinema to the present day.

Our Film Studies programme is designed for people who are passionate about film, and who want to develop a deeper understanding of its history and culture, as well as experience practical filmmaking for themselves. You can tailor the degree to suit your own interests by choosing from a huge range of optional modules covering subjects from television studies to East Asian Cinema, and from horror movies to Disney. The option of a foundation year is for people who don't have the required qualifications for direct entry to the degree.

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Our teaching staff

Benefit from our connections with regional film and media organisations, and gain invaluable work experience.

Study under industry experts with experience of managing large projects across Europe and delivering creative solutions.

Fantastic facilities include Middleton Hall, with its advanced cinema, as well as a dedicated TV, film and digital media resources.

Hull is one of few universities to incorporate digital and computer game design alongside film and TV.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

Film studies students who wish to pursue a career in film or television graduate with a thorough grounding in the subject and good technical knowledge, allowing them to work in entry-level media production roles.

Other graduates work in digital publishing, teaching, public relations, marketing and management, or go on to postgraduate study in areas including teaching, English literature and film-making.

Current film studies students gained experience working on the feature film ID2: Shadwell Army, which had a production base on our campus. Some of those students have gone on to make their own feature film, shot on location in Hull and London, with support from local businesses and other organisations.