Our Film Studies course offers a combination of academic, practical and professional components. Mastering the art of film analysis and criticism is central to the course, but it also includes several practical and professional components such as technical studies for film-makers, video production, documentary film-making, scriptwriting and work placements in the industry.
During Year 1 you are introduced to key issues in film studies. This develops your visual literacy and equips you with relevant tools and critical concepts of film analysis. You will learn about the history, finance and organisation of the film industry. A range of practical, technical and contextual modules are offered to introduce you to making and thinking about film from a variety of perspectives. You will also develop your research and writing skills through targeted workshops.
Modules taken in Year 2 and the final year reflect the interdisciplinary approach of the course which is designed to develop your critical and practical competencies. You can choose from a range of modules exploring film in its socio-cultural, historical and theoretical contexts in combination with modules that are more practically or professionally oriented.
The scriptwriting modules introduce you to the principles of story design, which you can put into practice under the tutelage of a professional scriptwriter. Film Production and Film Project enable you to engage with the creative, practical and collaborative processes of film-making production. In addition, students can experience a range of roles and responsibilities from creating a business plan, to pitching a script, to shooting a short film.
This course provides you with many opportunities to get inside knowledge of the film industry and to establish useful links. A key feature of the course is a work placement option which gives you the opportunity to obtain credits for work experience in a relevant sector of the media industry, such as journalism, media production, working in a film museum or assisting with the organisation and marketing of a film festival.
As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown below.
- Key Issues in Film Studies (compulsory)
- The Film Industry
- Film History (compulsory)
- Film Form and Technical Skills (compulsory for practical pathway)
- Film Narrative: Principles of Screenwriting (compulsory for students taking other scriptwriting modules)
- Popular Cinema (compulsory)
- Research in Film Studies (compulsory)
- Preproduction for Independent Filmmaking
Year 2 and final year
- Film Styles: Classicism, Art Cinema and Beyond (Compulsory)
- Scriptwriting: Advanced Level
- Work Placement in Film Studies
- British Cinema: Industry and Text
- Film Production, Management and Practice
- Stars and Audiences
- Film Genres
- Film Music
- Contemporary Japanese Cinema
- Screening Realism
- Film Theory: Critical Approaches to Film
- Dissertation in Film Studies
- Film Festivals and Exhibition
- Special Subject
- Issues in World Cinema
Our established links with the film industry enable students to meet professionals at regular film events, and to gain hands-on experience on work placements which are fully accredited as a module.
Placements can be based in the UK or, if you have the relevant language skills, with one of our links abroad. Our students have gained valuable experience at companies including Working Title, Eon Productions, Cactus TV, the BBC and Warner Bros. In addition all second year film students can apply to a year-long paid internship at Universal Studios in London.
Films students have worked on productions including Skyfall, Slumdog Millionaire,
Inglourious Basterds, Saturday Kitchen and Downton Abbey.
Please note that work placements are organised for you. We have a list of possibilities and you are supported in the process of selecting the right option for you based on your particular interests and focus. Transport costs are not included in the fees so you would need to fund and organise your travel arrangements, but on the whole our placements tend to be local.
Recent field trips have included:
- visits to local cinemas (eg The Ultimate Picture Palace)
- events at the London Film Festival
- a week in New York, including the Museum of the Moving Image and NBC Studios
- a week in Berlin during the Berlinale
- the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Please contact our Enquiry Centre (see 'Contact us') if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.
For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.