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Learn both film theory and film-making practice on our full-time Film Studies degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad in Belgium, Spain or the US, and get support to find placements and work experience. Prepare for a career in many film, arts and culture-related roles from production to journalism.
- Join a course ranked 4th in the UK for ‚Satisfied with Teaching’ in The Guardian University Guide 2018.
- Explore film-making practices from all over the world
- See your films screened at a professional public cinema, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
- Get involved behind the scenes at film festivals in Cambridge and further afield with our links to organisations including Take One magazine and Cambridge Film Festival
- Make the most of Cambridge with its annual Film Festival, and arts and mainstream cinemas
- Experiment hands-on with 16mm film as well as digital formats
- Study abroad in Belgium, Spain or the US, and apply for funding to help cover the cost
On our BA (Hons) Film Studies course, you’ll discover the history of global cinema from the avant-garde to Hollywood blockbusters. As well as learning the fundamental theories of film and how it both reflects and affects society, you’ll explore the language of film from the perspective of a film-maker and start to think critically about your creative work.
This will be key in the practical side of the course: making your own explorative short films in video, animation or 16mm format. You’ll be trained in all aspects of the craft, including camera operation, sound recording and editing, receiving regular feedback on your work from tutors and fellow students.
As the course progresses, our optional modules will allow you to further explore your interests or specialise for a particular career, with subjects such as screenwriting and film journalism.
At the end of the course, you’ll put all your well-practised skills to the test in a final-year project that, once complete, will be screened at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. The best will also be selected for showing at the Cambridge Film Festival.
Throughout the course you’ll have opportunities to take part in extra-curricular events such as the Cambridge Film Festival, our Campus Cinema events and regular field trips (such as to the BFI and Tate modern), as well as attending guest lectures from key figures in the film industry. Our recent speakers have included Larry Sider and William Raban. You’ll also find more opportunities by joining one of our film-related societies, such as Media: Next Move Arts and Film Viewing.
Your studies will be supported by our team of expert lecturers and a close community of students and alumni, fostered through our dedicated Facebook group. We also have a Facebook Group dedicated to helping you find work experience on film and video projects – ask your Course Leader for more details.
Our BA (Hons) Film Studies will help you prepare for a career in many film and cinema-related roles, including film and television production or post-production, journalism, screenwriting, programming and curation, festival management and public relations.
You might also decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our MA Film and Television Production.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies such as the BBC, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Film & Video Umbrella, Cannes Film Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Take Onemagazine, Watersprite Film Festival, CBBC, ITN Productions, London Studios, MTV, New York Film Academy, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK (formerly Optimum Releasing) and Sight & Sound magazine.
You’ll also have the chance to undertake commission work and gain valuable experience in the film and creative industries through volunteering opportunities, including at the Cambridge Film Festival.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Introduction to Video 1
History of Cinema
Screenwriting: Introduction to the Screen
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Film Theory
Year one, optional modules
Introduction to Global Cinema
Introduction to Filmmaking: Super 8mm
Year two, core modules
Cinema and Sound
Documentary Film Theory
Classical Hollywood Cinema
Independent Cinema: US and Beyond
Year two, optional modules
Intercultural Encounters in Global Cinema
Screenwriting: The Feature Film
Screenwriting: Script to Screen
Year three, core modules
Special Topics in Film Studies
Multiplexed: Contemporary Popular Cinema
Year three, optional modules
Independent Film Practice 1
Working in English and Media
Narrative in Global Cinema
Avant-garde Film and Experimental Video
Independent Film Practice 2
Optional modules available all years
Anglia Language Programme
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
To reflect the practical nature of the course, you won’t take any written exams. Instead, you’ll show your learning through a portfolio of creative work (including short films and film scripts), film reviews, critical essays and oral presentations. You’ll also critically evaluate your creative work, presenting and defending your work in ‘crits’.
Where you’ll study
Your department and faculty
Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.