The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Film Studies

Why choose this course?

Film Studies at the University of Wolverhampton will give you the confidence to examine filmic texts, using the appropriate terminology and the language of film. You will also acquire essential skills in research, analysis and referencing. You will gain an insight into the culture of other nations through their use of cinema, and an in-depth knowledge of how the film industry works.

The wide-ranging course investigates how films are produced, the visual style and aesthetics of cinema, how the audience engages with films, the variety of film genres, and the relationship of films to their surrounding culture.

Film Studies will help students to communicate more effectively in both the spoken and written language, and enable them to enhance their own creative and critical judgement. Students will develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order conceptual and communication skills, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, all of which are of immense value in graduate employment.


What happens on the course?

There is a wide range of modules in Film Studies for you to choose from, including popular film genres such as The Western, Gangster, Science Fiction films and Film Noir.

National cinemas are studied, in particular French, Italian, British, Indian, and Iranian, as well as director studies including Hitchcock, Scorsese, Fellini, Truffaut, Kieslowski and Kiarostami.

You will explore critical approaches to film, such as visual stylistics, narrative theory, storytelling and plot construction and script writing, and the theory behind editing and camera work.

In the final year you will engage in an Independent Study, either in the form of a written project or a work placement, in which you produce a piece of research for an external organisation. We currently provide local producers and directors with pre-production research, and after-hours ‘Film Clubs’ in local schools and colleges. Other placements have involved organising film premières, securing project funding and assisting with scriptwriting and editing.

Several large organisations, such as BBC Birmingham, have continued to provide work placements and we always endeavour to expand our database of placement organisations to include dynamic and innovative local filmmakers.

Why Wolverhampton?

Film Studies at the University of Wolverhampton is one of the only courses of its kind in the UK to hold its film screenings in a working public cinema. Light House Media Centre has two cinemas with full size HD and 35mm screenings, which means that you will often see films in their original intended context, format and aspect ratio whenever possible.

The Film Studies team has a wealth of expertise across a variety of film forms, from British and European Cinema to Hollywood, Bollywood, Italian, French and Iranian Cinema. The team also have specialist knowledge of the Western, Horror, Fantasy and Spectacular films as well as director specialism for Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Nanni Moretti - to name a few. The team also have broad knowledge of the international Film Industry and other genres and directors.

You will have plenty of support, especially in your first year, to gradually enable you to undertake independent research. Assessments take a variety of forms to help you develop a wide range of skills. The Film Studies team are very experienced at supervising dissertations, organising cutting edge work placements (including BBC), conference organisation and delivery of conference papers. The whole team are published authors with a comprehensive portfolio of writing between them across books, book chapters and journal articles.

Film Studies already accommodate ERASMUS students, for example with the University of Turin, but we're keen to link to other countries for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. As well English the team also have profiency in Punjabi, Urdu, French, Italian and Spanish.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For Film Studies:

"I was very pleased with the work being done here on the work practice module [Community Link]. These can be both problematic to assess and to monitor. The tutor is handling this with skill. I very much like the idea of the student setting their criteria for assessment on the module. The use of the Pebble Pad to track the performance of the student and provide an on-going diary of the work is very good practice indeed".

What our students think

"I have really enjoyed the course so far. The course material has been varied using old and contemporary films covering many genres ranging from science fiction to gangster films. This year we have studied films from all over the world, which has been really interesting. It’s fantastic having use of the cinema facilities at the Lighthouse. The University of Wolverhampton has a lovely and friendly atmosphere. The tutors are helpful and are always supportive. I have never felt let down and if I haven’t understood anything, I have always felt comfortable enough to ask for help". Frances Reddall (graduated 2010)

"I really enjoyed my time in Wolverhampton. I think that all the modules were very interesting and engaging, and it was great to have all our classes in a real cinema. The lecturers were all very helpful and knowledgeable. The studentlink, which gave me the opportunity to conduct research for a documentary project, was very useful to prepare for my current research. I also discovered popular Indian cinema and now I am doing a PhD on it. On the course I also met xxxx and we are still together now. So overall it was a very good experience for me and I really recommend the film studies course". Giovanna Rampazzo (graduated 2007)

What did you enjoy most about your course? - "The learning outcomes and the networking combination of film and media" - Samuel James

What made you choose the University of Wolverhampton? - " The partnership with Wolverhampton College, and the connections that the university has with the Lighthouse Cinema" - Samuel James

More student testimonials can be found here.

Career path

Graduates in Film Studies have found work in the media, the creative industries, including broadcasting corporations such as the BBC and Pathé News, film production, journalism, media positions, teaching and television. Some Film Studies graduates take higher degrees, notably our own MA in Film Studies as well as PhDs. Others have set up media production companies or have become freelance writers.

LSSC is one of the leading pioneers in the UK in the delivery of accredited community- based volunteering. Volunteering modules are available at levels 4 and 5 of the curriculum, ensuring all students can access these opportunities. By taking these options, students are able to gain valuable employability skills and enhance their CV and on completion are eligible for the University of Wolverhampton Volunteering Certificate

Comment from our External Examiner on employability:

For Film Studies:

"The content of the route is clearly in line with subject benchmarks. The modules on the route provide for a stimulating mix of subject matter themed variously around issues of theory, genre, industry and geographical / national location. The core skills demanded of the student: those of detailed investigation, cogent argument and debate, fluency in written and verbal response are in high demand in a knowledge economy. I was pleased to see that within the revalidated route the scope of student choice was maintained".

What skills will you gain?

Here's a list of the typical Learning Outcomes you can expect from the course...

1. Understand a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches to Film Studies, including research methodologies relating to the study of film and cinema in order to show the relationship between theory and practice in the cultural field of cinema.

2. Develop an understanding of the various roles that film plays in different social, cultural and national contexts.

3. Provide a focused analysis of a film text stylistically, formally and thematically while identifying and differentiating between a variety of genres through theme, style and iconography.

4. Critically review, evaluate and analyse a range of texts, competing perspectives and interpretations so as to develop a reasoned argument while reflecting on the learning experience.

5. Gather, retrieve and synthesise information from literary, filmic or electronic sources.

6. Demonstrate key employment skills such as self-management, IT, digital literacy and working both independently and in groups.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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