BA(Hons) Film Studies (with Foundation Year)

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Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Creative and Cultural Industries
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader
Foundation Year: Dr Britta Martens; years one to three: Dr Mark Bould

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Page last updated 4 July 2022


Gain practical experience, make valuable contacts and build the skills you need for an exciting career in the thriving film and television industry.

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 zero (foundation year)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • Thoughts, Ideas and Myths: Past, Present and Future
  • The Power of Words.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Journalism courses.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Foundation year modules before progressing to Year one.

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

You'll complete a placement learning 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've completed 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.

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.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

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.

You can indulge your love of the arts and help bring creative works to life at our Centre for Music.

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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year



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 five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work 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

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 our Blackboard virtual learning environment.

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 and 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.


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 five year course and then transfer to the four 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: 64
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.

    For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.

  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • T Levels: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Film Studies.

International applicants

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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