Film Studies BA (Hons)
BA Hons Film Studies
If you want to take an interest in film and develop the professional skills for a career in the film industry, this BA (Hons) Film Studies degree course will put you on the right track.
You’ll look at everything from Hollywood blockbusters to Vimeo shorts and international film culture. You’ll develop the critical tools to understand film’s historic influence, its pioneers and moguls, its auteurs and its audiences. And you'll get insight into working practices, business models and creative roles within the industry.
The course gives you the skills and abilities to take on roles across the film industry, such as script writing, film reviewing, marketing and public relations.
BA (Hons) Film Studies degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this Film Studies degree course you’ll:
- Explore the present, past and possible future of films
- Get insight from published writers and develop skills in applied research, video production, marketing and film journalism
- Work on your own films, drafting scripts and learning how to use cameras and editing suites
- Get access to Box of Broadcasts, the British Universities Film & Video Council's on demand TV and radio service
- Tailor your studies to focus on the areas of film that interest you most, by choosing modules that match your career ambitions
- Have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
What jobs can you do with a Film Studies degree?
Roles you could go onto include:
- film marketing consultant
- advertising journalist
- film reviewer
- video producer
- PR and communications officer
Organisations graduates from similar courses on to work for include:
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Students have completed work placements at companies such as:
Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Film Studies degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.
Modules currently being studied
- Film, Genre and Adaptation
- Screen Research
- Screening Europe
- Spectacular Hollywood
- Understanding Film Production (1)
- Writing for the Film and TV Industries
There are no optional modules in this year.
The modules listed here are worth 20 credits each.
- British Cinema
- World and Transnational Cinema
- Hollywood and Beyond
- Film, Media and Performance Study Exchange (60 credits)
- Engaged Citizenship through Interdisciplinary Practice (20 credits)
- Hollywood and Morality (20 credits)
- Production: Camera and Editing (20 credits)
- Production Short Filmmaking (20 credits)
- Professional Experience (20 credits)
- Researching Genre (20 credits)
- Sport and the Media (20 credits)
- Student Enterprise (20 credits)
- Transmedia Narratives and Strategies (20 credits)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement between your second and third years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
The modules listed below are worth 40 credits each.
- Film and Media Dissertation, or
- Practical Video Project
The modules listed below are worth 20 credits each.
- Gender, Sexuality and Cinema
- Marketing Movies
- Media Fan Cultures
- Representing Science in the Media
- Researching Animation
- Studying Comedy
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
Academic skills support
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- one-to-one tutorials
- practical performance sessions
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
How you’re assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- video productions
- film scripts
- a research portfolio
- dissertation or video project
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – Awaiting confirmation
- International students – £15,500 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You may need to buy items such as DVDs and MiniDV tapes to use on practical units, which cost approximately £20–£30.
You’ll need to cover the material costs for individual project work, which usually costs £50–£100.
How to apply
To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – PP30
- our institution code – P80
If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.