Explore film from its silent beginnings through to CGI blockbusters, taking in avant-garde and international cinemas on your way, and find your own voice as a critic and a filmmaker.
Kent has been at the forefront of developing film as an academic subject for over 30 years and we continue to innovate in our teaching and practice. You'll be taught by practitioners and researchers whose work contributes to contemporary debate. Their expertise means that you have a wide choice of areas to discover.
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.
From Hollywood to horror, location scouting and screenwriting to film sound, you can follow your passions. Theory or Practice? You can do both!
We're ranked 7th in The Guardian University Guide 2023.
Recent Film graduate Massimiliano Folgheraiter describes how his experiences at Kent helped him to secure a place on a film production course in LA.
We have excellent links to film bodies, such as the British Film Institute, Arts Council England and the Independent Cinema Office and Kent Film.
Our production spaces include soundproofed studios, chroma-key green screen and black serge cycloramas, an extensive lighting grid and edit suites.
Our typical offer levels are listed below and include indicative contextual offers. If you hold alternative qualifications just get in touch and we'll be glad to discuss these with you.
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.
30 points overall or 15 points at HL
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
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.
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.
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.
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programme specification.
Kent School of Arts has an excellent reputation and many links to professional practices. This network is a great way to help get your foot in the door in the industry, and means the community you join at Kent stays with you beyond your time here. Recent graduates have gone on to work in:
You'll also develop key transferable skills including: the ability to work independently or as part of a team; to analyse and problem solve; to communicate your ideas and opinions.
Honestly though, most of my spare time was spent either making films or just hanging out and getting to know everyone.
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.*
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 Home undergraduates are £1,385.
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.
The following course-related costs are not included in your tuition fees.
For students taking film practice/production modules, we recommend you purchase:
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).
Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
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.
Create anything from films to broadcast news by joining KTV. It's also a great way to find like-minded creatives. Or you could join our Film Society and vote on screenings in our on-campus Lupino cinema.
I joined KTV, a student society; last year I produced a TV series and this year I am making a film!
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 apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.
We welcome applications from students all around the world with a wide range of international qualifications.
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Kent ranked top 50 in The Complete University Guide 2023 and The Times Good University Guide 2023.
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