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BA (Hons)Film Studies

De Montfort University
United Kingdom, Leicester
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We believe that the best way to understand something is to have some experience of doing it, and at DMU, that’s precisely what you will do. Film Studies allows you to learn about the history of cinema as an art-form and as an economic institution, while you also develop your skills as a professional filmmaker, writer, critic, event organiser or industrial analyst. The course is unique in combining detailed academic knowledge of film with a broad cross section of practical, film-related experience.

Film Studies is delivered at DMU’s city campus, and at the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester, which acts as a base for many film events. There, you will watch films on the big screen in a modern cinema environment, and, depending on your specialisation, you will also organise your own festivals and events, and make films using state-of-the-art equipment.

Ultimately, the goal of the Film Studies degree is to take your interest in movies, and translate that passion into a broad range of different graduate level skills. You don’t need any experience of filmmaking to apply, and graduates go on to work in a very broad range of different fields, including film and TV but also finance, PR, banking, tourism and other areas.

Film Studies at DMU can be taken either as a Single or Joint Honours course. Whichever route you choose, you will be taught by a team of experienced subject experts and develop a diverse range of valuable skills.

Programme structure

Year 1
Introduction to Film Studies

Introduces all students to the key issues in cinema scholarship, and the key modes of studying cinema. You will learn how film works as a text, with its own language, and also how film functions as a social and economic institution.

Introduction to Global Film History

Introduces all students to the skills of historical research, and to the narrative of cinema history. You will learn how cinema developed from a technological curiosity to the globalised entertainment business it has become. You will also learn how the techniques of filmmaking were established and deployed around the world.

Media Capture and Processing

Introduces you to the skills of photography, shot construction, moving image filming, editing and sound recording. On this course, you will begin to develop your skills as a filmmaker, gain experience of using production equipment, and put together films of your own.

Writing, Reviewing and Film Criticism

Introduces you to the world of film criticism and invites you to establish a critical identity of your own. You will keep a blog, interview filmmakers, and carry out briefs for external partners. Along the way, you will develop your skills as a professional writer.

Film and New Media

Introduces you to the current environment for film production, funding and release, and traces the impact of digital technology on the film industry since 2000. By the end of this module, you will have a professional understanding of the modern film marketplace.

Year 2
Contemporary British Cinema

This module explores key aspects of British cinema, the contemporary British film industry and the critical and contextual debates around them. We focus mainly on the period since 1990, but also look back to the longer history of UK genre trends, film culture, reception, critique and policy to help us understand the contexts and forces shaping more recent developments.


This module focuses on one defining media institution – the Disney Corporation – and traces its development from a small scale animation producer to the largest provider of family trans-media entertainment in the world. You will combine the study of the animated film with a focus on family audiences and Disney’s various media activities, and by the end of the module you will understand how global media conglomerates function.

The New Hollywood

This module focuses on one key period in American cinema history, between 1967 and 1980, when Hollywood developed a tradition of challenging art films. This course is concerned with the art of cinema, and the defining contribution made by a series of filmmakers to the development of American filmmaking, and global film culture.

Film and TV Genres

This looks at how different genres operate across Film and TV over time. You will focus on what genre is and how it works, but you will also apply your knowledge to a very broad cross section of different texts. By the end of this module, you will have a clearer understanding of how different types of film are constructed, and how they change over time.

Script to Screen

This module develops your skills as a filmmaker further, pushing you into new creative territory. In the first term, you will work with professional scriptwriters to produce your own script – in the second term you will film it.

Professional Practice, Film Festivals

This looks at the status of the UK film today, and then gives you the opportunity to organise your own film festival at the Pheonix Square Cinema in Leicester, where you will book films, market events and network with industry figures to lay on a professional, public event.

Media, Gender and Identity

This develops your understanding of how film, TV and other media shape our perceptions of gender, and notions of identity more generally. Through a close focus on a range of texts, the course is designed to builds your skills as a critic and thinker.

Movie Marketing

World Cinema

Year 3
Film Studies Dissertation or Major Filmmaking Project

This module allows you to specialise in one extended area of study for the whole year. You will either work on your own individual film project, or produce a detailed study of one filmmaking issue. In the past, topics have ranged from textual analyses of Studio Ghibli’s films, to investigations of the economics of Star Wars videogames, to detailed studies of national identity in film.

Cult Film

The Cult Film module focuses in detail on challenging, obscure and intense films which have developed cult followings over the years. On this course, you will be exposed to stimulating, underground films, and you will develop a clear understanding of cult film culture.


Every year this module allows you to focus in detail on the work of one film director, writer or producer. You will learn how figures such as Stanley Kubrick and others developed their skills and worked within the film industry.

The Past on Screen

The Past on Screen focuses on the representation of history across a range of different films, TV shows and other media. The goal of this course is to develop your understanding of how different genres deal with history, and shape our view of the world, from notions of heritage and prestige, through to the historical epic.

Writing for the Screen

Taught by experienced screenwriters, tghis module focuses on developing your scriptwriting skills to a professional standard. You will learn how to pitch, and to write extended creative pieces to a commercially acceptable standard.

Audiences and Fandom

Audiences and Fandom focuses on the people who watch movies and aims to understand how and why we engage with filmic texts. By the end of this module, you will understand how films address viewers, but also what all viewers get out of their relationship with the cinema.

Film Exhibition and Consumption

This module focuses on the changing ways that we watch, consume and enjoy movies. The course is primarily concerned with ongoing shifts to cinemas, exhibition and impact of digital technology. Various field trips are incorporated into the module.

Film Data

Career opportunities

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 have gone on to work for employers such as BBC Films, BBC Sport, FilmFour and Odeon Entertainment. They also 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.

Other students have gone on to work in careers where film is secondary to the graduate skills they have developed, in PR, banking, finance and other fields.

Film Studies is also ideal preparation for further study at DMU, and postgraduate options include the Television Scriptwriting MA and Public Relations MA. Every year, a small number of students join our vibrant postgraduate culture.

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