Film and History (BA (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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September

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About Film and History at University of Kent

Meet history face-to-face every day in the ancient city of Canterbury, and learn from world-leading academics in Film and in History who will help you sharpen your skills of analysis, argument and communication.  You'll discover how forms of film have emerged and investigate the historical, social and cultural contexts of films. You take a similar approach when examining the past; working with a variety of texts and sources to understand events and perspectives. Explore film from its silent beginnings through to 3D CGI blockbusters, finding your own voice as a critic and a filmmaker, and explore challenging questions about the impact of political, social and cultural change on class, gender, race, injustice and power. Why study History and Film at Kent? History at Kent was ranked 1st for research intensity in The Complete University Guide 2023Drama and Cinematics at Kent scored 89% overall in The Complete University Guide 202390% of History students who took part in the National Student Survey 2022 were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their courseGet career-ready with a course that opens doors to a wide range of opportunities, enabling you to become part of a professional network with our excellent links to film bodies. Find out about our Film and History graduates' exciting career pathsDiscover hidden treasures: Canterbury Cathedral Library and our Special Collections archive contain manuscripts, historic records, and printed books dating back over a thousand years. We are also home to the British Cartoon ArchiveExplore fantastic facilities: our production spaces include soundproofed studios, chroma-key green screen and black serge cycloramas, an extensive lighting grid, individual edit suites and a cinema What our students say “The lecturers bring the subject to life. When I studied Jack the Ripper in a module on Victorian Britain, we went to a surgical room in London to see how the Victorians would have investigated the murders.” Brooke Huxter, BA History “I learnt a lot about how to approach film both theoretically and in practice. Planning, research, and planning once again, I learnt, are the most important things when it comes to both filming practically and when planning for an essay. The ability to research and know how to research well is a key skill I use every day.” Marcus Brooker, Film graduate and professional videographer.  What you’ll study You'll have the freedom to explore your subject, tailoring your studies to the times and themes you find most fascinating. Discover topics from the Crusades to the Cold War, and animation to photography. The impact of science on 19th-century culture to the totalitarian regimes of Stalin’s Russia, avant-garde film to screenwriting. Take a broad approach to your learning, or cultivate your expertise with a special subject module in your final year. See the modules you'll study

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, providing a broad overview; seminars, which focus on discussing particular issues and are led by student presentations, and film screenings. Lectures and seminars use a variety of materials, including original documents, films and documentaries, illuminated manuscripts, slide and PowerPoint demonstrations.

Assessment is by a 100% coursework or a combination of coursework and examination.

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For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programme specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes depend on your specific module selection:

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Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR

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    “I like the approach to teaching here; academics are happy to answer questions and to interact with students. I find the lectures very motivational, they pique your curiosity and for me the exciting bit is going to the library and pursuing the things you are interested in.

    “The lecturers at Kent are excellent. You get to know them well and, as you move through the course, they are able to guide you towards projects, ideas or career paths that they think you will like.”

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    “I have been very lucky with my supervisor, Professor Yong Yan, who is a world-class expert and the first IEEE Fellow in the UK in instrumentation and measurement.

    “Professor Yong Yan has helped me to become a better researcher. I am inspired by his novel ideas and constructive suggestions. Under his supervision, my confidence has grown through such milestones as my first set of experiments, writing my first research paper and attending my first conference.”

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