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Film and media

As a student in Film and Media Studies at Kent, you join a community fascinated by visual and digital culture in all its forms. Explore cinema's rich scope and history, from silent classics and mainstream Hollywood to the avant-garde. Develop industry-based skills in online content creation, podcasting, filmmaking, photography, screenwriting and arts criticism.

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.

Media Studies at Kent is at the forefront of contemporary media theory and practice. Our course teaches you how to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of the digital age. You will also gain competitive skills for careers in the creative industries of the future. Our focus areas include:  Digital Culture and Society, Industry and Creative Production, Factual Entertainment, and Promotional Media.  

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Study options and support

We offer a range of Film programmes, and 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.

In Media Studies, you will examine how old and new media are shaping the culture of today and tomorrow. Choose from a range of cutting-edge modules and hone your practical skills in camerawork, editing, public speaking, writing, basic web design and marketing, preparing you for employment in the digital space and in creative industries, such as: 

  • Digital Content Production
  • Podcasting, TV, Documentary and Factual Entertainment Production 
  • Digital Marketing and Promotion
  • Media Criticism, Research and Teaching
  • Creative Industries PR and Management
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I enjoy the way lecturers and seminar leaders work with us, they treat us like adults.

Build your network

Our excellent links with industry help you build vital career connections. The School welcomes colleagues from leading organisations such as the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 for workshops and events. Some recent examples include: 

  • Daisy Lilley, BAFTA-winning producer of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (ITV), Love Island (ITV) and creator of The Circle (Channel 4)
  • Caroline Waterlow, Academy Award-winning producer of OJ: Made in America
  • Adam Benzine, Academy Award-nominated director of Spectres of the Shoah
  • Vaughan Savidge, BBC World Service
  • Michael Brown, Head of Broadcasting at Esports company Gfinity
  • Jessica Hynes, BAFTA-winning writer, producer and actor
  • Foz Allan and Jonathan Wolfman, Bryncoed Productions, producers of Riviera (Sky Atlantic) and Jekyll and Hyde (ITV)

We have 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.  

Shape your future

During your time at Kent you can take join a range of student societies, including

  • FilmSoc, the student film society
  • Canterbury Student Radio (CSR 97.4FM)
  • The Podcasting Club 
  • InQuire student newspaper
  • Kent Television (KTV)

Kent Union also runs a media hub, the Student Media Centre, where students work together to produce print, radio and online content. Students can use the hub’s industry-standard editing suites, a radio studio, and a TV studio.

KMTV 

The University of Kent has a formal relationship with the local media company and television station KMTV until at least 2023. As part of that arrangement, School of Arts students may apply for paid and unpaid internships and work experiences at KMTV. In the past our students have gained valuable experiences in real-world television and media skills such as: broadcast programming (scheduling); monitoring and creating social media; assistance in the studio and newsroom; guest management; photography and camera operation; shooting b-roll and recording vox pops.

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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Our Film and Media courses

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

Undergraduate courses