|Study location||United Kingdom, Colchester Campus|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
Our distinctive curriculum allows you to take advantage of the most up-to-date developments in the field, and combine different approaches to the study of visual media. You study a variety of different films and a number of different genres, periods and national cinemas.
You have the opportunity to develop your interests in the history of the image and in visual communication skills as well as developing your skills of making and analysing film.
In the field of art history you cover a broad history and choose from a variety of specialist options. Engage with art works that range from Old Master paintings, through the Pre-Raphaelites and Surrealists, to the most up-to-date contemporary art and visual culture. Modules explore a wide variety of media, including architecture, urbanism, photography and video, as well as painting, drawing, printmaking, performance art and sculpture. This understanding of visual history allows you to complement and enhance your exploration of different world cinemas as you learn about the history of film, and its formal aesthetics, in a variety of contexts of production and reception.
You can take modules in filmmaking, taught by film professionals with extensive industry experience. Gain hands-on practical training in all aspects of film production, including camera work, editing, and lighting, scriptwriting, and production management. Designed to support you in making links between critical analysis and creative practice, your production modules enable you to develop and apply your academic knowledge and understanding of film, refining and enriching your own practical work. You may produce group films (learning how to work together as a team) as well as personal projects – by graduation you will have built up a fully rounded portfolio of work, enabling you to showcase your creative potential for future employers.
One of the major reasons for choosing Essex is the quality of the education you will receive. We are ranked 6th among art history departments in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and you will be taught by our expert staff in your very first year, a rarity in UK art history courses. We are also ranked Top 20 in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2015) for film studies.
Art and Ideas: I(A)
Art and Ideas: I(B)
Culture, Work and Society
Approaches to Film and Media
The Enlightenment (optional)
Space, Place and Locality (optional)
Narrative and Film (optional)
After Impressionism: European Art From Van Gogh to Klimt (optional)
Becoming Modern: European Art From Futurism to Surrealism (optional)
World Cinema (optional)
Art in Latin America II: Modern and Contemporary (optional)
Art, the Law and the Market (optional)
Photography in History
The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, New Media, Software and the Internet
Art and Power (optional)
Inventing the Future: Early Contemporary 1945-1980 (optional)
Advanced Film Production (optional)
Hollywood Directors (optional)
Our students are well-prepared to enter careers in film production, TV, journalism, publishing and teaching professions, amongst a host of other careers. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in various desirable roles including:
Celebrity booking for Cactus TV
Editor for BBC television
Subtitle writer for Sky TV
Teachers of English and Media Studies
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.