For over 30 years the University of Kent has been at the forefront of developing film studies as an academic subject. As a Film student, you join a student community fascinated by visual culture in all its forms and explore cinema's rich scope and history, from silent classics and mainstream Hollywood to the avant-garde.

Learn the language of film

Our film studies degrees explore the history of cinema and the theoretical approaces to the medium. Film history covers historical events in both the film industry and society while the theory element exposes you to the intellectual traditions that inform the academic study of film. You explore complex issues such as cognitivism, psychoanalysis and structuralism in great depth.

The film production aspect of our programmes develop your filmmaking skills gradually. You are introduced to cinematic language before making an experimental or narrative short film. You then learn the art of screenwriting, improvisation and learn various filmmaking processes. Throughout the programme you gain research, analysis and critical thinking skills that are useful for a range of professions.

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Study options and support

We offer a range of Film programmes, including joint honours degrees with subjects such as Art History or Religious Studies. You can also extend your degree with a year in industry or study abroad at one of our partner universities in the Europe, Canada, USA, South Africa or Asia.

Our Film Master's engages you with key elements of the subject. You can study solely at our Canterbury campus or Paris centre, or spend your first term in Canterbury before relocating to Paris for the spring term. Why not study in a city central to the development of fillmaking and the critical and theoretical approaches to cinema?

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I enjoy the way lecturers and seminar leaders work with us, they treat us like adults.

The University has links with the British Film Institute, Arts Council England and the Independent Cinema Office, Screen Archive South East and the Kent Film Office. We also host regular visits by leading filmmakers and critics.

During your studies, take advantage of our academics' diverse range of knowledge in their research interests and professional experience. Make the most of your opportunity and take part in our lively range of seminars, symposia, conferences and exhibitions.

Research excellence

Our broad range of interests cover film style and interpretation, filmmaking and screenwriting, a selection of national cinemas, documentaries, pulp cinema and more. Through our active research centres, we promote a lively and interdisciplinary environment for our postgraduate researchers and academics.

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Film courses

View Film related courses below. Our full range of courses are available on the undergraduate and postgraduate pages.

Undergraduate courses