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Film Studies (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

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Arts and Cultural Industries
Four years
Programme leader:
Dr Mark Bould
Key fact:
Gain a deep understanding of film and the cultures and environments in which it is produced and consumed. Get valuable experience and make contacts with Bristols thriving film and television sector. Develop the skills and knowledge to go into a wide range of rewarding careers.

Page last updated 13 September 2017


Why study BA(Hons) Film Studies?

Film engages, informs and inspires audiences around the globe. It influences the way we see the world, and gives us insight into ourselves and into the experience of others. Studying film deepens our knowledge of the creative, cultural and commercial forces that shape cinematic forms and their audiences. It also increases our understanding of the role of the arts in contemporary society.

Why study our course?

On this course, you will enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of cinema by studying over a century of film from around the world. Leading academics will introduce you to different styles and forms of filmmaking - from contemporary blockbusters, star vehicles and independent movies, to documentaries, silent shorts and avant-garde experiments. We will study American, British and world cinemas, and learn about the social, cultural and economic changes that affect them. We will also examine film criticism, marketing and festivals, and explore the ways in which films are produced and consumed.

Real world experience

In addition to developing your academic research and writing skills, you will learn how to write and present criticism for different platforms, markets and publications, and to use industry standard software to produce digital content. UWE Bristol's magazines, newspapers and blogs provide opportunities for you to hone and showcase your writing and multimedia skills. We encourage all our students to volunteer at film festivals and other events and venues in Bristol. You can also gain valuable experience and contacts through internship opportunities in the city's thriving film and television production sector.

Where it can take you

On graduating, your high-level skills in written and oral communication, critical analysis, research and creative thinking will equip you for a broad range of careers as well as postgraduate study. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of rewarding professions across the creative, cultural, media and heritage industries. These include fields such as publishing, editing, digital content creation, festival and cultural event management, teaching, marketing and advertising.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Course structure will be available shortly.

Learning and Teaching

You will learn through a combination of lectures, screenings, seminars, workshops, individual and small-group tutorials, and technical instruction sessions. As you progress, you will increasingly undertake independent study, and be more involved in defining your own research questions so that you can focus on issues and ideas of particular interest. Throughout, you will be guided and supported by a team of leading film scholars.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

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A wide range of assessment techniques will hone your critical, creative and practical skills. In addition to essays and examinations, you will be assessed through audio-visual essays, festival programming and different kinds of film writing - from publicity materials and reviews to features and blogs.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

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As well as developing your professional skills, industry knowledge and networks, work experience will make you highly employable on graduation. There are no formal placements for this course but we work closely with cultural and creative partners in the region, and you will have the option to take a sandwich year. You will also be encouraged to take up volunteering, work experience and internship opportunities with collaborating arts organisations, pop-up events, and festivals such as Encounters Film Festival, and the Bristol Radical Film Festival.

Study facilities

Our Frenchay campus provides extensive study facilities and free Wi-Fi in our teaching rooms for:

  • watching films in viewing rooms with full blackout, Blu-ray and multi-region DVD players, digital projection and 5.1 sound
  • creating presentations, blogs and audio-visual essays on Macs or PCs
  • developing skills in desktop publishing, digital content production and movie editing, using industry standard software (including Adobe Premiere)
  • accessing lecture slides, core readings and assignment guidance on UWE Bristol's Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Get involved

Bristol is a creative hub for film and the arts, and our staff have strong relationships with local organisations and events organisers, including the Watershed Media Centre, the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Cube Microplex.

UWE Bristol staff, students and graduates founded Bristol Radical Film Festival and Compass Presents, introduce films for South West Silents and The Bristol Bad Film Club, and co-organise Cary Grant Comes Home for the Weekend.

Socialise and learn

You can join and help run UWE's Film Society, enjoy free films at the campus SceneIT cinema, and participate in film festivals and events across the city.

Showcase your work

We will encourage you to set up your own social and creative enterprises, such as websites, blogs, zines and events.There are opportunities to post film reviews and write about film for UWE Bristol's magazines, newspapers and blogs. You can also indulge your love of the arts or help bring creative works to life at our Centre for Performing Arts.


Careers / Further study

On graduating, your high-level skills in written and oral communication, critical analysis, research and creative thinking will equip you for a broad range of careers, as well as postgraduate study. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of rewarding professions across the creative, cultural, media and heritage industries. These include publishing, editing, digital content creation, festival and cultural event management, teaching, marketing and advertising.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you make the most of work experience opportunities. Providing guidance and support throughout your studies UWE Careers Service offer CV checks, career coaching and details of current job vacancies.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year50

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English, Film Studies, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Film Studies course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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