Film Degree

Pursuing a film degree would be a great choice for anybody who has a passion for cinema and film. You will experience all elements of the subject area, from the first spark of an idea, all the way to production and promotion of a film project. You will come to understand how film and cinema history has impacted our film and video production and consumption today, as well as how new technology has shaped the industry and opened doors for independent film-makers.

Highlighted courses and degrees in film

Coursework

An undergraduate degree in film will give you a good foundation of knowledge in the area. You will study modules on scriptwriting, film-making techniques, film production, distribution and promotion of film productions, and creative screenwriting. These modules will allow you to develop your knowledge in the traditional and contemporary areas of film.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical sessions and film practice. You might be presented with the opportunity to take part in a placement module or year, gaining work experience in the creative industry.

Specialisations

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence the area in which you choose to work after you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Film History
  • European Film
  • World Cinema
  • Hollywood
  • Cinematography
  • Film Aesthetics

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation or submit a final major research project in your final year, this will give you the opportunity to further research a favoured area of film.

Accreditation and Certification

The accreditation of a film degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).

Depending on your career path after you have graduated, you may be presented with further opportunities to earn professional or academic certifications and qualifications.

Timeframe and Further Studies

Generally, an undergraduate degree in film will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years, when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your film degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

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Entry Requirements for Degrees in Film

The entry requirements for a film degree will depend on where you choose to study. Some universities might require you to sit an entrance exam, where others may rely on previous exam results. Some universities may prefer you to have studied certain subjects, and others might consider previous relevant work experience.

You should check each institution to see what entry requirements they have for their film programmes.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may want to consider a pathway course.

Typical entry requirements:

  • UK5.5 IELTS
  • US2.5 GPA

Fund Your Studies

Tuition fees for international students are not fixed. This means that they can vary greatly from institution to institution. You should make sure that you are aware of how much your course will cost you.

You may be eligible for a scholarship or funding. This could be awarded by your institution, or by a separate funding body. For more information, visit our scholarships and funding section.

Typical course fees (per year):

  • UK£18,500
  • US$30,000

Career Options

Graduates of a film degree will find that there are a variety of career opportunities available to them. You may choose to work in a role directly related to your degree. This could include film production, film editor, camera operation, and screenwriting.

You will have gained a wide range of transferable skills throughout your degree. These will be useful in the film industry, as well as being applicable in other arts and design industries. Skills gained might include critical analysis, time management, teamwork and project management.

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