BA (Hons) Film Studies

BA (Hons) Film Studies

On this degree you will learn the skills needed to investigate the techniques, styles and creative decisions behind film. We will introduce you to a wide range of genres and movements, including:

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

You will also have the chance to study films from around the world, with modules focusing on British, European, American and transnational cinema. As well investigating the history of cinema, you will consider film within it’s wider cultural context. This means exploring its relationship with comic books, video games, television, popular culture and the digital landscape.

When you study film with us we encourage you to become part of the wider film culture both within the university and in York’s thriving cinema scene. This could include:

  • Getting involved with the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, which we take part in every year
  • Writing, producing or marketing for Neutral, our online magazine and web platform
  • Taking advantage of free talks and student screenings at the cinemas in the city
  • Working on a placement with one of our partners in the city as part of your employability module

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

As a Film Studies student you will gain valuable skills which 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
  • Location manager
  • Researching for TV and film
  • Marketing and PR
  • Arts administration
  • Advertising

Course Details

Year 1

Filmmakers on Film
Cult and Extreme Cinema
Britain on Film
Media Research
Film and its Audiences
Cinema and Society

Year 2

Culture, Controversy and Media
Imaginary Worlds: Researching Science Fiction
Film and the American Imagination
Media Enterprise
Independent Cinema
European Cinema
Gothic and Horror

Year 3

Special Study
Documentary Film Studies
Transnational Cinema
Gender and Sexualities

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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