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Film Studies and Literature

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative courses, please visit the BA (Hons) Film Studies or BA (Hons) English Literature course pages.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; part-time
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Mark Bould
Key fact:
Deepen your understanding and appreciation of art, culture and society on a unique course that examines the relationship between literature and film since the 1800s.

Page last updated 6 July 2018


Why study film studies and literature?

Creators of both film and literature share a passion for expressing ideas and emotions and transporting us into different worlds, real and imaginary.

Exploring them gives us new perspectives on our own lives, and on the experiences of others.

Examining film and literature together gives us powerful insights into the role of the arts in today's society, and helps us understand the creative and cultural forces shaping literature and film and their audiences.  

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Film Studies and Literature helps you discover different viewpoints and styles of representation.

Learn from leading academics and enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of film and literature, studying popular genres, documentary, biography and animation.

Learn about the social, cultural and economic changes behind these forms by studying transmedia fictions, art festivals and issues such as criticism and marketing.

Where can it take me?

You could go on to work in a variety of rewarding professions across the creative and cultural media industries.

You'll prepare for a future in industries such as publishing, editing and digital content creation, festival and cultural event management, teaching and marketing.

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:

  • Introduction to Literary Scholarship
  • Film Style and Meaning
  • The City in Fiction and Film
  • Cultural Value, Literature, Film and Consumption.

Year two

You will study:

  • Writing and Empire
  • Hollywood and World Cinema
  • Adaptation and Authorship
  • Genre and the Fantastic.

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'll study four optional modules (three if you complete a placement year) from:

  • Contemporary Literature
  • The Body in Literature
  • Contemporary Cinema
  • Music, Cinema, Culture
  • Realism(s)
  • African-American Fiction and Film
  • Literature and Film Studies Project.

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

Our staff are active researchers and you'll be learning from leading academics in the field, including Dr Mark Bould (science fiction and crime genres), Dr Kathrina Glitre (Hollywood, romantic comedy) and Estella Tincknell (adaptation and female authorship).

Find out more about who'll be teaching you in our staff section.

Learn through lectures, practical workshops, film screenings and smaller discussion-based seminar groups. 

Independent study is a key part of the course and you'll complete weekly exercises outside of class. An Academic Personal Tutor (APT) will be there to offer advice and support throughout your course.

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

Bristol is a creative hub for film and the arts and UWE Bristol has strong relationships with local organisations and events.

Our staff and students founded Bristol Radical Film Festival and introduce films for South West Silents and The Bristol Bad Film Club. We also organise and contribute towards Cary Grant Comes Home for the Weekend.

Socialise and learn

Our English Society organises regular trips and events to hear from industry professionals and you can watch screenings and socialise in our thriving Film Society.

Showcase your creative writing in Cellar Door magazine, published by the English Society.

You can also indulge your love of the arts or bring creative works to life at our Centre for Performing Arts.

Study time

You'll have 12 hours of contact time each week, including lectures, workshops, seminars, group project work, and tutoring. We expect you to spend at least as much time studying independently.


You'll be assessed through essays, textual analyses, reviews, research projects, case studies, exams, presentations, self-evaluations, creative writing, portfolios and digital content production.

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.

We work closely with cultural and creative partners in the region. You'll have the chance to take volunteering opportunities and internships with local publishers, arts organisations and well-established festivals such as Encounters Film FestivalBristol Festival of Ideas and the Bristol Radical Film Festival.

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

Study facilities

Study at our Frenchay Campus, which provides extensive study facilities.

Watch films or read in quiet study areas, group spaces or viewing rooms in the Bolland Library.

Create websites and develop skills in desktop publishing, digital content production and moving image editing using Adobe and Final Cut Pro.

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

Your knowledge of multimedia, audiences and consumption coupled with skills in communication, creative thinking and critical analysis,  will prepare you for a broad range of careers.

You could work in a variety of rewarding professions across the creative and cultural media industries.

Career opportunities include publishing, editing and digital content creation, festival and cultural event management, and marketing. Or you could go on to postgraduate study in English, film, education and other related areas.

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.

Read about the careers and work placements of our students at The Linguistic Experience Project.


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

Part Time Course

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

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1563
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10937

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.


Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

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

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.

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.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and 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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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