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Film Studies

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; six years part-time
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Mark Bould
Key fact:
Gain practical experience, make valuable contacts and build the skills you need for an exciting career in the thriving film and television industry.

Page last updated 14 February 2018


Why study film?

Film engages, informs and inspires around the globe. It influences the way we see the world, helps us understand ourselves and gives us insight into the experience of others.

Get to know the creative and cultural forces that shape cinema and its audience. And understand the role of the arts in today's society.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Film Studies enhances your understanding and enjoyment of cinema.

You'll study more than a century of American, British and world cinema, and learn about the social, cultural and economic factors that influenced film.

Examine film criticism, marketing and festivals and explore how film is produced and consumed.

Learn from leading academics, exploring different styles and forms of filmmaking from contemporary blockbusters and indie movies, to documentaries, silent shorts and avant-garde experiments.

Where can it take me?

Your expertise in communication, critical analysis, research and creative thinking will be needed in a variety of sectors.

You'll graduate ready for a broad range of careers as well as postgraduate study.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Film Style and Meaning
  • The Movie Experience: Audience, Culture and Taste
  • Hollywood and Beyond: Commerce, Creativity and Authorship
  • Imagining Realities
  • Spectacle, Action, Narrative.

Year two

You will study:

  • Hollywood and World Cinema
  • British Film and Television
  • Adaptation: Screenwriting and Narrative Form
  • Screen Representations: Difference and Diversity
  • Film Genre
  • Professional Writing About Film.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Film Studies Independent Project.

Plus up to four optional modules (up to two if you complete a placement year) from:

  • Contemporary Cinema
  • Music, Cinema, Culture
  • 'Outsider' Cinema: Indie Films and Cult Movies
  • Wallace, Gromit and 'the Green Hollywood': Bristol Film and Television Industries
  • Feeling Cinema: Embodiment and Affect
  • Stardom: Performance and Agency.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through a combination of lectures, screenings, seminars, workshops, individual and small-group tutorials, and technical instruction sessions.

You'll study independently, defining your own research questions and focusing on the issues and ideas that interest you most. Get guidance and support from a team of leading film scholars.

To find out more, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

Get involved

Set up your own social and creative enterprises, such as websites, blogs, zines and events. Post film reviews and write about film for UWE Bristol's magazines, newspapers and blogs. And indulge your love of the arts and help bring creative works to life at our Centre for Performing Arts.

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

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

Join UWE Bristol's Film Society, enjoy free films at the campus SceneIT cinema, and participate in film festivals and events across the city.


You'll be assessed in a number of ways honing your critical, creative and practical skills. You'll be assessed through essays and exams, audio-visual essays, festival programming and different kinds of film writing - from publicity materials and reviews to features and blogs.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check



Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

You'll 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.

Our award-winning careers and employability service will guide and support you to find placements.

Study facilities

Our Frenchay Campus provides extensive study facilities.

Watch films in viewing rooms with full blackout, Blu-ray and multi-region DVD players, digital projection and 5.1 sound. Create presentations, blogs and audio-visual essays.

Develop skills in desktop publishing, digital content production and movie editing, using industry standard software (including Adobe Premiere).

Access lecture slides, core readings and assignment guidance on UWE Bristol's Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

You'll be ready for a broad range of careers as well as postgraduate study.

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of professions across the creative, cultural, media and heritage industries. These include:

  • publishing
  • editing
  • digital content creation
  • festival and cultural event management
  • teaching
  • marketing
  • advertising.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
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

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • 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: Film Studies, Media Studies, English Literature
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

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.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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