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BAFilm Studies

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £13,350 per year
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At Essex you combine studying the history and theory of cinema with practical film production, so you don’t just critically examine cinema – you create it. Your production modules enable you to develop and apply your academic knowledge and understanding of film, refining and enriching your own practical work.

We give you the opportunity to explore film across a broad range of genres, time periods, and regions, from Hollywood, world and independent cinema, to documentaries and television. Simultaneously, you gain hands-on experience in film production and production management, essential for careers in the film and television industry.

We nurture the creative talent for tomorrow, developing filmmakers, scholars, and thinkers with a dynamic worldview:

- Gain hands-on experience of camera work, sound recording, editing, lighting, and scriptwriting
- Explore the formal aesthetics of film composition and structure in relation to different contexts of production and reception
- Discover the history and social significance of film as a global medium
- Understand the links between critical analysis and creative practice
- Produce both group films and personal projects

By graduation you will have built up a fully rounded portfolio of work, enabling you to showcase your experience, versatility and creative potential to future employers.

We offer a varied, flexible and distinctive curriculum, focused on developing your abilities in film, and also enabling you to take options from the other courses within our Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies including literature, creative writing, journalism and drama.

We are ranked top 20 in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2015), and our students are some of the happiest in the country; we are top in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2014).

Programme structure

Year 1

Approaches to Film and Media
Introduction to Film Production
Understanding Employability: Preparing for Your Future
Contemporary Texts and Contexts (optional)
Literature: Origins and Transformations (optional)

Year 2

Approaches to Text
Documentary Filmmaking
Fiction Filmmaking
Introduction to Screenwriting (optional)
Narrative and Film (optional)

Final year

Advanced Film Production (optional)
Film Animation (optional)
Cultural Ideology and Film (optional)
Hollywood Directors (optional)
Cityscapes of Modernism (optional)

Career opportunities

Our students are well-prepared to enter careers in film production, TV, journalism, publishing and teaching professions, amongst a host of other careers. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in various desirable roles including:

Celebrity booking for Cactus TV
Editor for BBC television
Subtitle writer for Sky TV
Teachers of English and Media Studies

Your tutors in our Centre for Film Studies recognise that any experience you can acquire in the industry will set you apart from the crowd when it comes to finding work after graduation. We are committed to an ongoing programme of establishing and coordinating a variety of placements and internships, both within and beyond our University.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Oct 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States