Film Studies (BA (Hons))

the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

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How you will study
full-time, sandwich

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About Film Studies at University of Portsmouth


Take your interest in film and turn it into a promising career or pathway to further study with our Film Studies degree course. 

You'll examine film and its related institutions from a contemporary perspective, focusing on the theories and concepts that define them. Guided by an internationally recognised team of researchers and academics, you’ll explore film's interrelationships with society, culture, identity, history, and the future, in areas ranging from fandom and popular culture to gender and global cinema. Our range of optional modules, industry talks and experiences, and local community and outreach connections in the curriculum will offer you a tailored degree experience to enhance your learning and enjoyment.

You’ll graduate from our course with a critical and global understanding of film. You'll also develop adaptable media skills in research, industry knowledge and communication, which will help you fashion your career in film or whatever field you choose.

What you'll experience

On this Film Studies degree course you’ll:

  • Take part in the annual Portsmouth Comic Con for the latest developments in film, popular culture, fan communities, and technology – course lecturers and students are panelists and run film screenings
  • Screen your final-year film project at Portsmouth's established independent No. 6 Cinema and gain industry contacts
  • Learn from widely published media experts and active researchers to add depth to your studies
  • Be part of our extensive media culture at Portsmouth: you can write for student publications, collaborate with students on our Film Production and Television and Broadcasting courses, and participate in our student-led TV channel CCI TV
  • Become an Adobe Certified Associate to enhance your technical and production skills

Work experience and career planning

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience. You can also venture into freelancing, or set up and run your own business with help from the University Startup Team.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Between your second and third year, you can complete an optional work placement to gain professional experience and enhance your skills. It's also a great incentive for employers once you graduate.

You can work for a company, organisation or agency, or you can go self-employed and start your own business with fellow students or by yourself.

Our students have worked in a variety of capacities, areas, and countries for their placement years, developing their soft skills and film and media knowledge in professional environments. These include:

  • Events organiser and coordinator for film festivals in France
  • Working with independent filmmakers in Czechia
  • Working in a social media and market research team at Mercedes Benz
  • Working in a communications team at Vivid Homes
  • Working in a production team at Global Fire Creative

Whatever you decide – or even if you just want some employability advice – our exclusive Creative Careers team can support you every step of the way.

Module Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • video productions
  • film scripts
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • dissertation or video project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • filming/editing workshops
  • film screenings

Student Destinations

Along with theoretical and practical knowledge of film, you'll also graduate with a more nuanced understanding of the world. You'll develop methods for deconstructing its sociocultural ethics, means of representation, and constructs, and scrutinise environments more deeply. These analytical skills are crucial in many sectors within and outside media and film.

Many of our graduates begin their careers in communication, such as public relations and advertising. Some continue to postgraduate studies and research in multimedia, while others take teacher training to begin careers in higher and further education. 

With such a flexible degree as our Film Studies course, you'll be able to explore many other possibilities.

Roles our graduates have gone onto include:

  • Content Creator
  • Marketing Manager
  • Theatrical Marketing Department Executive
  • Lecturer
  • Writer and researcher
  • Videographer

Our graduates have worked at places such as:

  • Pathé
  • CIC Film Crew 4u
  • Arrow Films
  • Studio Canal
  • Chichester College

Study options for this course

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  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-time, SandwichHow long you will study3 - 4 years
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Entry requirements

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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