Film

Film - BA (Hons)

Learn the language of film and discover its rich history at Kent, one of the three major universities for film in the UK.

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 discover. Explore 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.

Why study Film at Kent?

  • Combine theory and practice: Study film history and culture with practical film-making. Customise your programme with elective modules ranging from Hollywood to horror, location scouting and screenwriting to film sound.
  • Explore fantastic facilities: our production spaces include soundproofed studios, chroma-key green screen and black serge cycloramas, an extensive lighting grid, individual edit suites and our own cinema that typically screens ten films a week.
  • Learn from leading experts: Be taught by practitioners and researchers who contribute to contemporary debate through publications and meet industry specialists at regular careers events.
  • Get career ready: Become part of a professional network with our excellent links to film bodies, such as the British Film Institute, Arts Council England and the Independent Cinema Office and Kent Film.
  • Join our community: A creative hub for film, drama, media studies and art history, where you can engage in activities and societies, such as KTV and our student radio station and magazine.

What you'll study

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.

It is possible to take this degree with a placement year to gain valuable work experience or combine the degree with a year of working or studying abroad. At the end of your course, you could even add a year in Computing, Data Analytics, Journalism or a Language to your degree.

See the modules you'll study

What our students say

I learnt a lot about how to approach film both theoretically and in practice. Planning, research, and planning once again, I learnt, are the most important things when it comes to both filming practically and when planning for an essay. The ability to research and know how to research well is a key skill I use every day.

- Marcus Brooker, Film graduate and professional videographer

The School of Arts is a real community. If you need actors for your films, you ask the Drama students; if they need show-reels they ask us; and if you are looking for help with set design you talk to the art history students. I’ve made lots of friends in the School. We are also invited to guest lecturers by professionals in the arts, which are always very interesting.

- Georgina Rehaag, current Film student

Can't decide?

Consider one of our joint-honours programmes, combining literature with a range of other arts-based subjects as well as literature or history.

BA (Hons) Film and Media Studies

BA (Hons) Art History and Film

BA (Hons) Drama and Film

BA (Hons) English Literature and Film

BA (Hons) Comparative Literature and Film

BA (Hons) Film and History

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.

  • medal-empty T level

    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.