Creative Film Studies

Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BA Film Studies

Get a deep understanding of cinema's history and culture, while gaining practical filmmaking skills in our cutting-edge facilities.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

W631

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Start date

Course overview

You could hardly choose a better place to study film than the most recent UK City of Culture.

You'll benefit from brand-new facilities – like the refurbished Middleton Hall, where we've invested £9.5 million to create a superb venue featuring a surround-sound cinema and an industry-standard filming and editing suite.

You’ll be taught by enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff who are film fans as much they are academics. They include Dr Amy Davis, an internationally respected Disney scholar, as well as experts in horror, East Asian cinema and TV drama.

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6 reasons to study Film at Hull

  1. 99% graduate employability rating#
  2. Surround-sound cinema in Middleton Hall
  3. State-of-the-art filming and editing suite
  4. Study with experts in genres from Disney to horror
  5. Part of Screen Yorkshire's 'Connected Campus'
  6. Combine cinema theory with hands-on film skills

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    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.

    Writing Criticism

    Sharpen your film analysis skills. 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.

    Film Style and Technology

    Explore the historical evolution of film style and technology through examples such as the introduction of sound cinema, colour film, widescreen, and digital filmmaking.

    Production Studies

    Expand your understanding of how the media industries operate, with case studies ranging from small, independent production companies to Hollywood giants.

    Screen, Nation, Identity

    Explore the relationship between a nation's sense of history and identity, and the stories that it tells about itself on screen.

    History of Hollywood Cinema

    ​In this module, you will explore the history of Hollywood cinema. It will be examined within the context of US social, cultural, and political history.​

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Screening Genders

    Critically examine the representation of gender on screen through the lens of feminist film theory.

    Representing the Real, Disclosing the 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

    Moving Image Techniques

    This module allows you to explore the medium of moving image while developing core technical competencies. Focusing more on experimentation and creativity than conventional narrative filmmaking, it covers areas such as music video and experimental filmmaking.

    American Alternative Cinema

    Go beyond the Hollywood mainstream with case studies including independent, cult, exploitation, trash and underground cinema.

    Narration in the Fiction Film

    Examine in detail the storytelling possibilities of cinema, in a module that encompasses classical Hollywood cinema and alternative modes including art cinema, counter-cinema, and parametric narration.

    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.

    Television and Factual Production

    On this module, you'll produce factual content and works suitable for broadcast as part of a small production crew. Take the opportunity to develop your production skills and learn more about television and factual production.

    Work-Based Learning (Digital Media)

    Develop your CV by undertaking a work placement as part of your course.

    Musical-Made America

    One of the most distinctively ‘American’ genres, the musical is often dismissed as pure escapism.  Rehabilitating the genre by interrogating how ‘escapist entertainment’ actually works, this module explores how celebrated Hollywood and Broadway productions from The Jazz Singer to Hamilton have created performative spaces for representing and re-imagining America’s sexual, racial and political identities.

Final year modules

  • Optional

    Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

    East Asian Cinema

    Examine the dynamic and diverse film output of countries including China, South Korea and Japan, and reflect on film as a 'transnational' phenomenon.

    Disney Studies

    An in-depth exploration of the history and impact of Disney's global entertainment empire.

    Is Television History?

    Reflect on the ways in which television can both do history and be history, with case studies ranging from period dramas to historical documentaries.

    Screen Production Project 1: Planning and Pre-Production

    Turn your film idea into a workable and professional project before you step into production. Learn about what it takes to create a film before pitching your idea, ready for the next steps.

    Screen Production Project 2: Filming and Post-Production

    Create your film. Take the reins and follow the project through from pre-production to shooting, editing, screening and review.

    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.

    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, and figures from Abraham Lincoln to Jesse James, this module compares Hollywood’s version of history with what historical courses say ‘really’ happened in the past.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

312 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

888 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

15%
8%
77%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

264 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

936 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

10%
10%
80%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

996 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

6%
14%
80%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry Requirements

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462236 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Our Film Studies students enjoy access to great facilities such as our on-campus studio space and editing suite in Holme House.

Fees & funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • TV/film producer
  • Publisher
  • Costume designer
  • Crew/events manager
  • Charity worker
  • Marketing professional

Our connections with the region’s film and media industry provide you with opportunities to get invaluable work experience while studying.

Our graduates develop skills that are prized in many professions and acquire the adaptability to flourish in various arenas.

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†Connected Campus prepares you for a career in the film and TV industries though masterclasses, workshops and visiting speakers