Undergraduate BA (Hons)

with a Placement Year

Find your vision as a filmmaker and critic. Explore the history of film and create its future.

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Course overview

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.

Why study Film at Kent?

Your degree. Your way.

From Hollywood to horror, location scouting and screenwriting to film sound, you can follow your passions. Theory or Practice? You can do both!


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We're ranked 7th in The Guardian University Guide 2023.

From Kent to California.

Recent Film graduate Massimiliano Folgheraiter describes how his experiences at Kent helped him to secure a place on a film production course in LA.

Build your network.

We have excellent links to film bodies, such as the British Film Institute, Arts Council England and the Independent Cinema Office and Kent Film.

Step into the studio.

Our production spaces include chroma-key green screen and black serge cycloramas, an extensive lighting grid and edit suites.

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Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

Our degree is flexible: you study film theory but you can also explore film practice – for example, through developing the skills of a film critic or getting involved in creative film production. In your second and final years, you have a huge range of modules to choose from.

How you'll study

You'll study in lectures and small group seminars and also attend film screenings. Assessment of modules is split between exams and coursework; some modules are assessed entirely by coursework. Coursework varies from essays, to films, documentaries, or video essays, so you can play to your strengths and be assessed in the areas you are the most confident in.

Your future

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:

  • film and TV production
  • arts organisations
  • film and TV archives
  • film marketing and distribution
  • business and local government.

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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:


  • UK
  • EU
  • International

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 undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students 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:

  • 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). 

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. 


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

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

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.

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