BA (Hons) American Studies and Film Studies

BA (Hons) American Studies and Film Studies

Immerse yourself in 2 complementary subjects that fascinate you with this Joint Honours degree. On this course you will explore the history and culture of the United States, consider the American experience, and investigate film on a global scale.

Explore American cinema across time and consider how it reflects political and social climates. You will examine major film movements including the New Hollywood period of the 70s and the independent cinema cycle of the 80s and 90s. You will consider the global cinematic influences that shape American cinema, and those that it influences.

You will have the opportunity to explore a range of genres, styles and periods of cinema, both from America and from around the world. This includes:

  • Gothic and horror
  • Animation
  • Documentary film
  • Science fiction
  • Independent film
  • Cult and extreme cinema.

On this degree you will learn the skills needed to investigate the techniques, styles and creative decisions behind film. Through varied modules which cross over different academic subjects, you will gain a broad understanding of American society, history and popular culture. We also consider film within it’s wider cultural context. This means exploring its relationship with:

  • Comic books
  • Video games
  • Television
  • Popular culture
  • The digital landscape.

You can choose to study abroad in your second year, experiencing America for yourself. You will gain valuable experience of living in another country, developing your independence and initiative.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This degree can lead to a variety of different career paths, some of which are directly related to film and some allow you to apply your skills more broadly. You will learn to think critically, form logical arguments and articulate your opinions, work independently and in teams, and manage your own work.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Writing or producing for TV and film
  • Researching for TV and film
  • Marketing and PR
  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Public sector

Course Details

Year 1

Introduction to American Studies
Media Research
Filmmakers on Film
United States: Empire of Liberty?
Cinema and Society
Film and its Audiences
Cult and Extreme Cinema

Year 2

Mapping America
History, Community and Culture
Media Enterprise
Film and the American Imagination
Imaginary Worlds: Researching Science Fiction
From Slavery to Freedom
Blues and Roots: Popular Music in America
European Cinema
Independent Cinema
Gothic and Horror

Year 3

Transnational Cinema
Cinema of Conflict: Trauma and American Film and TV
Pop Americana: Contemporary Popular Culture
The Special Relationship: Britain and the US from 1945 to the 21st Century
Documentary Film Studies
Gender and Sexualities (Media)
The Nation Divided: The Civil War Era in American Life
The Great Society: America in the 1960s
Gender and Sexualities (English Literature)

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