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BAEnglish and Film Studies

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This Joint Honours degree allows you to combine English and Film Studies, considering the cultural and creative impact of both literature and film.

From Beowulf to the Booker Prize, English offers you the opportunity to study the full historical range of literature in English as well as the latest developments in the field, and even to pursue your own creative writing.

You can discover the earliest works in English, deepen your knowledge of Shakespeare, find out what is great about Renaissance literature, darken your view of the 18th century, and unpack the Victorians. The course’s structure allows you to develop a sound understanding of key periods, genres, authors, and ideas as well as choosing from a huge range of options. You can study Modernism, Postmodernism and American literature, explore literary criticism, develop your own creative writing, and analyse the latest developments in global literatures in English.

Programme structure

Year 1

English: Shakespeare
This module facilitates a deeper – as well as a more pleasurable and rewarding – understanding of the range of Shakespeare’s work. You will be encouraged to think about the plays as theatre as well as printed literature, although a main feature of the course will be its close attention to the extraordinary fertility and force of Shakespeare’s dramatic language. While paying close attention to Shakespeare’s very different historical context in the Renaissance, the module will be equally concerned with the question of whether the plays are still relevant to us today.

English: Re-orienting the Novel
This module introduces you to the origins, developments and innovations of the novel form through a range of contemporary, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels. Organised thematically, the module considers earlier novels in relation to contemporary examples.

Film Studies: Film, Television and Digital Histories
This module introduces you to film, television and digital media history with a particular emphasis on how and where digital media intersect and converge with these moving image forms. The module spans the late 19th century through to the current epoch of convergence media. You will consider how even ‘old’ technologies were ‘new’ at some point, exploring the relationship between technological, social and aesthetic developments in new media forms. This broad historical sweep provides you with a chronological knowledge to complement and contextualise the bespoke theoretical emphasis of other core modules in either Film and Television or Digital Culture.

Film Studies: Critical Theory and Textual Analysis
This module concentrates on how we study film and television, introducing you to key debates in critical theory. Over four distinct blocks of lectures and seminars, you will gain an opportunity to explore a range of different methods in studying film, television and digital media—including artistic achievement and critical interpretation; close textual analysis; ideological analysis; national cinema and psychoanalysis. Each method asks questions about the relationship between the intentions of individual film- and programme-makers and wider processes. Across the module you will study films and television programmes in close detail, examining one a week, thinking about the relationship between how something is achieved and what it means.

Year 2

English: Shakespeare – From Page to Screen
This course aims to promote the interdisciplinary study of Shakespeare. It provides students with the opportunity for dedicated study of a limited number of plays both from the perspective of theatre and film studies and literary criticism. It explicitly encourages you to reflect on the creative tensions and cross-fertilisation between the two halves of your join degree.

English: Literary Adaptations
This module aims to introduce you to a range of historical adaptations of English Literature in order to illustrate the creative dialogue that these works have inspired over time. The analysis of the texts of these adaptations will be combined with an exploration of their social, political and cultural contexts in order to articulate the connection between creative work and social environment raising the questions of why adapt English Literature and what constitutes adaptation. By introducing these questions in a historical context to begin with, you will develop opinions and critical strategies that can be tested on more recent adaptations of the texts studied.

Year 3

All modules are optional

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Career opportunities

The graduates have gone into broadcasting, film and TV production and information technology and design. We’ve helped to create video directors, Hollywood script supervisors, independent documentary film makers, web designers, marketing professionals and contemporary artists. You could be one of them.

Along with your creative skills, you’ll be able to walk into an interview with a thorough grounding in the history and theory of film and TV, and understanding of the economic and power structures behind media production – invaluable for companies who want to look ahead to future trends.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States