Cultural Studies and Film - BA (Hons)

What do we mean by ‘culture’ and why is its meaning often contested? Film, from experimental cinema to Hollywood block-busters, is an exciting subject through which to approach these questions. Our joint honours programme Cultural Studies and Film is a rewarding course that allows you to follow your passions.

Overview

At Kent, Cultural Studies is taught in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research where you benefit from a large choice of specialist modules on race, social change, criminal justice or disability and the arts. You are taught by leading academics in fields like gender, race and the body.

You explore the links between culture, film and society drawing on critical theories and methods from the social sciences and the humanities. We examine a range of areas, from digital media, to the creative and cultural industries, to social identities and movements.

The School of Arts’ Jarman building is a creative hub for students of film, drama, media studies and art history.

Our degree programme

The programme begins with an overview of different cultural and sociological theories that address ‘culture’, ‘media’ and ‘society’ as part of a broader global and historical context. You are also introduced to different film styles and genres.

You then go on to learn how to conduct and apply qualitative sociological research that engages with different cultural products like mass media; spoken word poetry; digital media technologies; television and film.

During all stages of your studies you have the opportunity to choose specialist modules that suit your interests and include topics like documentary cinema, screenwriting, digital culture, animated worlds and cultures of embodiment.

In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice or to complete an independent film project. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.

Study resources

Facilities to support film studies 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.

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

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

Kent’s Templeman Library also gives you access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format.

Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your academic and professional development throughout your studies. Our Student Learning Advisory Service offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.

Extra activities

There are a number of student-led societies at Kent which you may want to join, for example:

  • UKC Digital Media
  • Socrates Society
  • Film Society
  • Feminist Society
  • B-Movie Society.

The Gulbenkian, our campus arts-centre, has two large cinemas and screens block-busters as well as independent art films. It also holds regular events that might be of interest to you such as round-tables with directors and screenwriters.

There are also events available throughout the year for students from the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. These may include:

  • research seminars and webcasts
  • career development workshops
  • informal lectures by guest experts followed by group discussion.

Flexible tariff

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB

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    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

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    Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Health and Social Care or Public Services.

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    34 points overall or 15 points at HL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average, including 60% in LZ028.

International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time (plus option of one full year abroad), 6 years part-time

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home full-time TBC
  • International full-time TBC
  • Home part-time TBC
  • International part-time TBC

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.

Additional costs

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

Cultural Studies

We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case study analysis, group projects and presentations, and individual and group tutorials. Many module convenors also offer additional ‘clinic’ hours to help with the preparation of coursework and for exams.

Film

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:

  • develop students' ability to undertake critical analysis in film and cultural studies
  • provide teaching informed by current research in the fields of film and culture
  • provide a coherent, flexible and progressive curriculum which includes options from a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas, particularly in the study of film and culture
  • provide broad knowledge of relevant concepts, debates and theoretical approaches in the study of film and culture
  • develop students' awareness of, and sensitivity to, the contexts of production and consumption involved in film and culture
  • provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate to graduate employment in a range of cultural, media and education-related spheres, and for further research in the fields of film and cultural studies.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • aesthetic judgement
  • particular forms of film and culture, including the way they organise understanding and meaning
  • the historical evolution of particular genres, aesthetic traditions and forms
  • cultural and social contexts that affect the meaning of film and television works
  • conceptualisations of meaning, pleasure and identification in film and culture
  • how the modes of production/consumption of film and cultural texts and products shape contemporary life
  • the nature and impact of new technologies
  • major theories of film and cultural studies.

Intellectual skills

You gain intellectual abilities in how to:

  • analyse critically a wide range of film and cultural forms
  • understand forms of film and culture as they have emerged historically
  • clearly express your own ideas in oral and written presentations
  • evaluate and draw upon sources and conceptual frameworks appropriate to research in relevant areas
  • apply film, and cultural, theory to familiar and unfamiliar contexts, products and milieu
  • draw and reflect upon the relevance and impact of your own cultural assumptions to the practice of research and evaluation.

Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • conception and application of cross-disciplinary strategies of investigation of film and cultural issues, themes and topics
  • drawing upon and bringing together ideas, knowledge of narrative and stylistic forms and structures in film and culture
  • the ability to articulate understanding of visual and oral media in a written medium
  • the ability to evaluate theoretical models and paradigms of cultural production, consumption and reception
  • effectively deploying terms and concepts specific to the study of film and television
  • the ability to integrate diverse sources of cultural information and produce new knowledge.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • working in flexible, creative and independent ways
  • showing self-discipline, including time management, as well as self-direction and the ability to reflect on one’s own practices
  • sustaining focus and applying attention to detail
  • organising and managing supervised, self-directed projects
  • 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
  • working productively in a group or team, showing abilities 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; demonstrating the ability to draw on this understanding and knowledge in your engagement and contribution to contemporary society as workers and citizens
  • draw upon IT skills, including (where taken) skills in digital technology in relation to practice.

Independent rankings

Sociology at Kent was ranked 22nd out of 102 and 1st for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Sociology at Kent was ranked 1st for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2021 and The Times Good University Guide 2021.

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

Careers

Graduate destinations

As part of your degree, you develop critical thinking, transferable knowledge and skills that enable you to work in a variety of professions.

Our graduates have gone on to work in:

  • film and TV production
  • media, journalism, broadcasting
  • the cultural and creative industries
  • international institutions and NGOs
  • arts administration
  • advertising and design
  • tourism and heritage
  • the organisation of social and community projects.

Help finding a job

The University 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

Our graduates develop substantial transferable skills that are valued in a range of professions.

These skills include:

  • communication
  • organisational and research skills
  • analysing complex information and making it accessible to non-specialist readers
  • writing reports
  • working effectively and considerately in teams.

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

Applications

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.

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