On this Joint Honours degree we emphasise the relationships between different forms of expression, including film and literature but also visual art, digital media, television, video games and more. Studying these subjects together will allow you to explore communication in all its forms, including:
- Historical documents
- Contemporary literary texts
- Film adaptations.
We also focus on the relevance of literature and film to the political, social and cultural contexts which produced it. We believe that words matter, whether they are written in a literary work or spoken on film. We are interested in how these texts can change the world.
In your film modules you will learn to investigate the techniques, styles and creative decisions of cinema. We will introduce you to a wide range of genres and movements, including Gothic and horror cinema, animation and Science fiction. You will also have the chance to study films from around the world, with modules focusing on British, European, American and transnational cinema.
In your literature modules you will have opportunities to engage with classic texts by writers like Shakespeare, Dickens and Austen, but will also engage with diverse genres including Native American writing, prison narratives and LGBTQIA+ rights literature.
You will join a lively department which offers many opportunities to take your learning further. This might include:
- Getting involved with the writing, publishing and promotion of Neutral magazine
- Attending talks and workshops at the annual York Literature Festival or the Aesthetica Short Film Festival
- Taking part in field trips.
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.