Film

Film - BA (Hons)

with a Placement Year

Learn the language of film and discover its rich history at Kent, one of the three major universities for film in the UK. Study film from its silent beginnings through to 3D CGI blockbusters, taking in avant-garde and international cinemas on your way, and find your own voice as a critic and a filmmaker.

Overview

For over 30 years, Kent has been at the forefront of developing film as an academic subject. Our expertise means that you have a wide choice of areas to explore.

As a student, you become part of the community based within the School of Arts building – a creative hub for students of film, drama, media studies and art history.

Our degree programme

Our degree is flexible: you study film theory but you also have the option to explore film practice – for example, through developing the skills of a film critic or getting involved in creative film production.

In the first year, you cover the language of film (framing, sound, editing, performance, lighting), learn about the theory and the history of film, and can take a practical filmmaking module.

In your second and final years, you have a huge range of modules to choose from, covering everything from avant-garde to animation, with a variety of practice modules too, including screenwriting and documentary film.

Placement year

Your placement year usually takes place between your second and final year of study, and can be either paid work or an internship. Taking a placement year increases your professional contacts and gives you the chance to gain some knowledge of the work environment, acquire new skills, and develop your confidence.

Year abroad

You have the option to study Film with a year of working or studying abroad. For details, see Film with a Year Abroad.

Alternatively, you can take our three-year Film degree, without a placement year or year abroad. For details, see Film.

Study resources

Facilities to support film theory include:

  • our own cinema, which screens ten to 15 films a week
  • 8,000 DVDs and videos in the library
  • individual and group viewing facilities in the library
  • an extensive collection of books and journals, including online resources.

Our film production facilities are industry-standard and include the following:

  • soundproofed production studio with projection, chroma-key green screen and black serge cycloramas
  • extensive lighting grid
  • sound-dubbing studio
  • individual edit suites equipped with Final Cut Pro
  • digital studio with post-production software.

Extra activities

The School of Arts puts on many special events, which you are welcome to attend. In previous years, these have included symposia, seminars, conferences and exhibitions, as well as visits by filmmakers and critics.

You also have the chance to take part in film-related student societies.

  • The Film Society at Kent is run by students and gives you a chance to get involved in film production, film journalism, educational activities and a film festival.
  • Kent Media Centre, run by student volunteers, produces KTV (Kent Television) – a TV station dedicated to student news and events across campus.

For trips to the cinema, we have the Gulbenkian Cinema on campus, which screens arthouse, independent, foreign language and blockbuster films. In Canterbury city centre, there is also the Curzon arts cinema and an Odeon.

Professional network

Film students become part of a wide professional network, thanks to our excellent links with other film bodies. These include:

  • Arts Council England
  • British Film Institute (BFI)
  • Independent Cinema Office
  • Screen Archive South East
  • Kent Film.

Flexible tariff

Make Kent your firm choice – The Kent Guarantee

We understand that applying for university can be stressful, especially when you are also studying for exams. Choose Kent as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place, even if you narrowly miss your offer (for example, by 1 A Level grade)*.

*exceptions apply. Please note that we are unable to offer The Kent Guarantee to those who have already been given a reduced or contextual offer.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DMM.

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL

  • medal-empty International Foundation Programme

    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 4 years full-time

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Fees

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £15900
  • International full-time £21200

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Additional costs

The following course-related costs are not included in your tuition fees.

For students taking film practice/production modules, we recommend you purchase:

  • a copy of Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements. Student price approx. £90.
  • a laptop (ideally, but not necessarily, an Apple Mac) to run the above software.
  • an SD card (32GB Class 10 UHC1 or better). Typical cost: £20.

Our video production facilities will be Adobe-based. Therefore, if you wish to invest in your own equipment, these purchases will ensure it fits in seamlessly with our technology. However, any student unable to make these purchases will be guaranteed the use of the same, or better, University resources and will not be disadvantaged.

For students taking the Beyond Cinema module:

You have the opportunity to attend special screenings and other activities. Participation is strongly encouraged. The fee for these activities is due in the first few weeks of term and is approx. £20 (based on previous years). 

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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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.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • produce graduates with an informed, critical, analytical and creative approach to understanding film as cultural and aesthetic expressive media
  • develop students' creative, intellectual, analytical and research skills
  • develop existing and new areas of teaching in response to the advance of research and scholarship within the subject as well as new developments in film
  • widen participation in higher education among a diverse body of students
  • develop students' knowledge and skills in film studies
  • encourage students' critical, analytical and creative skills in relation to film study and, where undertaken, in relation to screen production
  • develop students' ability to think independently and flexibly
  • enhance awareness of, and sensitivity to, the contexts of production and consumption of film
  • develop students' interpersonal skills and interaction and their reflexiveness in individual and group work.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the different genres and the diversity of film forms
  • the historical evolution of particular genres, aesthetic traditions and film forms
  • the ways in which critical and cultural theories and concepts have developed within particular contexts
  • the cultural and social contexts which affect the meaning of film works
  • aesthetic judgement
  • conceptualisations of pleasure and identification in film
  • narrative processes in film
  • modes of representation at work in film
  • film conventions
  • the ways in which different social groups may relate to, engage with and interact with film works.

Intellectual skills

You gain the following intellectual abilities:

  • engage critically with major thinkers, debates, intellectual paradigms, and scholarly literature within the field
  • understand forms of film as they have emerged historically
  • examine the historical, social and cultural contexts of such forms
  • analyse closely, interpret, and undertake critical evaluation
  • critically reflect upon your own work
  • carry out various forms of research for essays, projects, creative productions or dissertations involving sustained independent enquiry
  • formulate apposite research questions and employ appropriate methods and resources to explore them
  • evaluate and draw upon the range of sources and the conceptual frameworks appropriate to research in a chosen area
  • draw and reflect upon the relevance and impact of your own cultural assumptions to the practice of research.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • analysing and interpreting sounds and images in time and space
  • drawing upon understanding and knowledge of narrative and stylistic forms and structures in film and television
  • bringing together ideas from various sources of knowledge and different academic disciplines
  • articulating understanding of visual and oral media in a written medium
  • effectively deploying terms and concepts specific to the study of film and television
  • where practice modules are undertaken: producing work which demonstrates the effective manipulation of sound, image, performance and, where appropriate, the written word
  • utilising effectively relevant technical concepts and theories
  • producing work showing competence in the operational skills of screen production and post-production technologies
  • initiating, developing and realising distinctive and creative work through group collaboration
  • managing time, personnel and resources effectively
  • demonstrating an understanding of communicative strategies specific to film
  • producing work informed by, and contextualised within, relevant theoretical debates you have studied within the programme as a whole.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • working in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, including time-management and self-direction, sustaining focus and applying attention to detail
  • organising and managing supervised, self-directed projects and researching and evaluating sources in the process of carrying out independent study
  • communicating effectively and appropriately orally and in writing and, where undertaken, in other media
  • identifying issues and questions and gathering, organising and deploying knowledge and ideas to formulate cogent analysis and arguments, making subtle and discriminating comparisons and applying interpretive skills in diverse situations and contexts
  • working productively in a group, and displaying an ability, at different times to listen, contribute and lead effectively
  • showing insight in, and understanding of, the social and ethical issues surrounding contemporary communications, media, culture and society
  • information technology, such as word-processing, using the internet and, where undertaken, digital technology in relation to practice.

Independent rankings

Drama and Cinematics at Kent scored 91% overall in The Complete University Guide 2022. 

Media and Film Studies at Kent was ranked 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • film and TV production
  • arts organisations
  • media outlets (as film journalists)
  • film and TV archives
  • film marketing and distribution
  • university and school teaching
  • local government
  • business.

Our alumni include:

  • bestselling author and filmmaker Leon McCarron
  • feature film scriptwriter Mike Walden
  • film director Simon Savory.

Help finding a job

Kent School of Arts has an excellent reputation and many links to professional practices. This network is very useful to students when looking for work.

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

As well as gaining skills and knowledge in your subject area, you also learn the key transferable skills that are essential for all graduates. These include the ability to:

  • think critically 
  • communicate your ideas and opinions 
  • work independently.

You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Apply for this course

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.

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