The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
European Arts (Film) BA (Hons)
This is a full-time single honours programme within the Film subject area.
- Subject area: Film
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: W612
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Single
- Mode of study: Full-time
- Duration: 4 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: Yes
- Institution(s): University of Kent
For over 30 years, the University of Kent has been at the forefront of developing film studies as an academic subject. We are one of the three major universities in the UK for film studies, and one of the most highly regarded departments in Europe.
Film at Kent engages with cinema's rich scope and history, from silent classics and mainstream Hollywood to world cinema and the avant-garde. We have a thriving film culture, with 10-20 films screened on our courses each week, the Gulbenkian Cinema (the regional arts cinema) based on campus and a lively student film society.
Our modules cover film theory, history and practice, from the basics of form and style at Stage 1 to exploring topics including national cinemas, animation, cognition and emotion, fantasy and pulp film. Academic modules can be combined with innovative and creative practical study, such as our modules in film programming and film criticism.
Single honours students can choose modules in practical film-making, including documentary film-making, screenwriting and moving image production. You can explore languages and processes developed through both avant-garde and documentary traditions, alongside approaches to narrative fiction.
You take two core film modules and a choice of options.Core modules
- Film Form
- The Hollywood Studio System
- Exploring the Frame (single honours students only)
Plus a wide range of options in the Faculty of Humanities.
Stage 2Core modules
- Introduction to Film Theory
At least one module from:
- History of British Cinema
- National and Transnational Cinema
- Post-war European Cinema
- Topics in American Cinema.
- Animated Worlds
- Avant-garde and Experimental Cinema
- Cinema and Difference
- Cinema in 1920s Berlin, Paris, Moscow
- Cognition and Emotion in Film
- Contemporary European Cinema
- Digital Domains
- Documentary Film
- Extreme Cinema
- The Fantastic Film
- Film Criticism
- Film Programming
- The Gothic in Film
- Improvisation for the Screen (single honours students only)
- Introduction to Screenwriting (single honours students only)
- New York and the Movies
- Pulp Film: The Avant-garde and Popular Cinema
- Representing Actuality (single honours students only)
- Silent Cinema
- Sound and Cinema
- Storytelling and the Cinema
- Topics in American Cinema 1: Female Performers in Hollywood Cinema
Plus further options avaliable from the Faculty of Humanities.
- Moving Image Production (single honours students only)
- Self-directed Study
Other options are drawn from the list available at Stage 2, with the exception of Introduction to Screenwriting and Representing Actuality.
If you acheive at least 60% in Stage 1, you may spend a year abroad between Stages 2 and 3, studying at one of our partner universities in Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Bologna, Lausanne and Paris); the USA (California and Indiana); or Asia (Hong Kong).
Please see the Go abroad webpages for further details.
Teaching and assessment
All modules involve lectures, small group seminars and film screenings (where relevant). On average, you have two lectures and three hours of seminars each week, plus four to six hours film viewing.
Depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays or dissertation), to a combination of examination and coursework.
Studying Film, you learn to think critically and to work independently; your communication skills improve and you learn to express your opinions passionately and persuasively, both in writing and orally. These key transferable skills are essential for graduates as they move into the employment market.
Recent graduates have gone on to careers in film-making, film and television industries, arts organisations, university and school teaching, local government and business, or to pursue postgraduate academic and practical film courses. In the last few years, students have gone on to take up positions such as film journalists, film/TV archivists and roles in marketing and distribution.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 60%, including passing all components, guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
AAB-ABB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points or 17 points at Higher.
A level Film Studies grade B where taken and German or French grade B or modern European language other than English
GCSE grade C (Spanish/Italian pathway) plus interview.
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Key Information Sets
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