This course links the criticism and history of film to the core concerns of a range of other subjects, including Creative Writing, English, Journalism, or Media and Communication. If you are fascinated by film but want to combine your passion with another area of study through a carefully designed joint programme, the Joint Honours route is the perfect choice.
Modules in Film Studies will introduce you to studies of global film history, the new Hollywood, film and TV genres, Disney, contemporary British cinema and cult film. As a Joint Honours student, you can choose to complete your dissertation in Film Studies or your other subject.
Taught by experts based in our prestigious Cinema and Television History Research Institute, the teaching team is made up of widely-published academics, film journalists, filmmakers and industry professionals. The course will be delivered with a mix of lectures, film screenings, small group discussions, group and practice-led projects, individual tutorials and private study.
- Flourish in a real cinema environment thanks to our partnership with Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema, with placement opportunities and selected teaching and screenings delivered in the latest digital high-definition formats and Xpand 3D.
- Benefit from teaching influenced by world-leading research. Our Communication, Cultural and Media Studies ranked joint first in the UK for the proportion of its research outputs rated as ‘world leading’ by the latest Research Excellence Framework.
- Benefit from our multimillion-pound industry-standard facilities. Our creative technology studios, feature a host of audio recording and broadcast-standard radio production studios and management systems, alongside stand-alone film studios equipped with multi-cameras, blue screen and green screen facilities.
- Learn from experts in our Cinema and Television History Research Institute and benefit from guest lectures by film directors, writers, distributors and journalists.
- DMU is home to a number of specialist film archives, including the hammer Horror archive and the Indian Cinema Archive. These materials are often used in our teaching, and several members of our staff have considerable experience in archival research.
- Expand your horizons with our international experience programme DMU Global. Students have visited the Film Festival in Berlin and explored fan culture at Wondercon in Los Angeles.
Structure and assessment
In addition to the modules listed below you will also study modules from your chosen joint subject each year.
First year modules
- Introduction to Film Studies
- Introduction to Global Film History
Second year modules
- The New Hollywood
- Film and TV Genres
- Contemporary British Cinema
Third year modules
As a Joint Honours student you can choose to do your dissertation in Film Studies or your other subject.
- Film Studies Dissertation
- Cult Film
- Film Exhibition and Consumption
- The Past on Screen
- Hollywood Now
Facilities and features
You will be able to make use of DMU’s excellent library facilities and collections, as well as our state-of-the-art computing and projection facilities. For practical filmmaking, you will benefit from a range of digital-imaging facilities and production equipment. Film screenings at Phoenix Cinema are shown in the latest digital high definition formats and Xpand 3D. You will also benefit from access to our excellent production facilities on campus and the ability to borrow filmmaking equipment.
Film students visit one of Berlin’s ‚most iconic’ cinemas
Students from DMU’s Leicester Media School visited ‘one of the most iconic and historically important cinemas in Berlin’ as part of the #DMUglobal visit to the city.
The group explored Kino International cinema in East Berlin, which showed film premieres before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and is still used for premieres due to its unusual style and historical significance. The iconic cinema is even one of the venues of the Berlin International Film Festival.
Opportunities and careers
The course provides a broad grounding in film history, criticism, practice and industry skills. On graduation, you may use the skills you have gained to pursue a variety of careers in the film and cultural industries or beyond, or go on to study or research at postgraduate level.
Over the past five years, graduates from our joint honours courses have gone on to work for employers such as BBC Films, BBC Sport and Odeon Entertainment. They work in roles such as film and television production staff and researchers, writers for film news media, public relations writers and executives, film journalists in print and online, including Little White Lies magazine, independent filmmakers and camera-people, commercial managers, and as teachers and academics.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
The degree offers coaching and guidance for achieving industry placements, and students from DMU have gone on to take up internships with BBC Films, Warp Films and others.
The degree can be taken in sandwich mode – if you find a suitable placement, you can work in the business for a year, receive credit, and return to complete your studies.
Students on our Writing, Reviewing and Film Criticism module (Year One) run a film blog and are set writing commissions by external partners, including Leicester’s Phoenix Square cinema.
Students taking our Professional Practice in British Cinema option (Year Two) gain experience of developing and delivering a film festival in a range of roles. These opportunities, alongside the industry focus of our teaching, will allow you to make sense of the cinema industry and film culture from a practical, creative and commercial perspective and also to develop your industry links.
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