The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
History and Film BA (Hons)
This is a full-time joint honours programme within the Film subject area.
- Subject area: Film
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: VW16
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Joint
- Mode of study: Full-time
- Duration: 3 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- 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.
As this is a joint honours programme, you may find it useful to read both of the following subject leaflets for more information:
As this is a joint honours subject, please see both subject leaflets below for more details about the modules you may take:
Please contact us if you have any queries (Contacts are listed under the 'Further information' tab).
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.
Teaching is by a combination of lectures, providing a broad overview, and seminars, which focus on discussing particular issues and are led by student presentations. Lectures and seminars use a variety of materials, including original documents, films and documentaries, illuminated manuscripts, slide and PowerPoint demonstrations.
The School of History uses a mixture of assessment patterns. The standard formats are 100% coursework or 60% examination and 40% 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.
Historians develop excellent skills of analysis, frequently assessing multiple and often conflicting sources before condensing opinions into concise, well-structured prose. Graduates are able to demonstrate self-motivation and the ability to work independently, demonstrating to potential employers that they respond positively to various challenges and that they can work to tight schedules and manage heavy workloads.
Many graduates find employment in fields such as journalism and the media, management and administration, local and national civil services, the museums and heritage sector, commerce and banking, teaching and research, and the law.
In a report first published in 2005*, Professor David Nicholls stated: In recent years, history graduates have become celebrated lawyers, press barons, well-known television and newspaper journalists, famous comedians and entertainers, award winning authors, heads of advisory bodies and charities, directors of major museums, top diplomats and civil servants, chief constables, high-ranking officers in the armed forces and business millionaires. In a recent follow-up to the report, Professor Nicholls concluded that, despite the increasingly competitive job market, History graduates continue to excel.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
*The Employability of History Students by Professor David Nicholls, The Academy of Higher Education
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.
ABB from 3 A levels, IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 16 points at Higher.
History/Archaeology/Classical Civilisation grade B where taken or GCSE History grade B plus A level Film Studies grade B where taken.
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Key Information Sets
The Key Information Set (KIS) data (right) is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.
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