The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies is active in all fields of Hispanic language, literature and cultural history from the earliest times to the present day. Our particular strengths are in medieval and early modern studies, modern literature and culture both Peninsular and Latin American), and the modern Spanish language.
In each year of this programme, two modules are devoted to Film Studies (at present there is no formal Film Studies component in the year abroad). The remaining modules are agreed with the major department. The aim of Film Studies is to provide students with the conceptual tools for understanding critically how society is mediated by cinematic and electronic images, and to give a background for pursuing careers in the media arts and related activities.
The third year will normally be spent abroad at a university in a Spanish-speaking country.
For more about the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies and the Department of Film Studies, follow the departmental contact links.
ABOUT THE Department of Film Studies
Film studies graduates may work in a range of jobs, some directly connected to their studies at King’s, others more removed from them. Some pursue graduate work in filmmaking, acting and other creative aspects of the film and media industries. Others move on to film studies at graduate level. The study of film can also lead to exciting careers in print and media journalism, arts and other cultural management positions, film preservation and curating.
Recent graduates have found employment as….
• Broadcast Assistant, a media company
• Adjunct Assistant Professor of communications, a university
• Location Manager, film production company
• Producer, production company
• Researcher, production company
King’s has made a major commitment to the study of film and related media. This includes building up a significant collection of print and audio-visual material (DVD and VHS), new facilities for 35mm screening, and important information technology resources. All modules are taught in well-equipped rooms through a combination of screening, lecture and/or seminar.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Assessment is through a combination of coursework, in-class presentations, in-class tests and written examinations.
We are fortunate to be located in the heart of London’s arts and media district, offering many exciting possibilities for further access to film. We are close to the British Film Institute Library, the premier film research library. Just across Waterloo Bridge is the South Bank arts complex, including the IMAX Cinema, as well as the new BFI Southbank (three screens), which contains the BFI Mediatheque, a studio cinema, and a gallery among other facilities.
ABOUT THE Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Recent graduates have gone on to gain employment in a variety of areas including business and commerce, finance, marketing, accountancy, law, the Civil Service, the media, charitable and non-governmental organisations, while others have remained in higher education to gain a teaching qualification or continue their studies at postgraduate level. Recent graduates have found employment as…. • Events Intern, Mexican Chamber of Commerce • Operations Support Assistant, an environmental consultancy • Political Researcher • Member Services Executive, Streetcar
Our department is active in all fields of Hispanic and Lusophone language, literature and cultural history from the earliest times to the present day. Our particular strengths are in medieval and early modern studies, modern literature, history and culture, and the modern Spanish and Portuguese languages. You will be studying with staff who are experts in their fields and whose advanced research is reflected in the optional modules available. Some of our lecturing staff also teach across disciplines in the History, European Studies and Comparative Literature programmes.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Our programmes offer students a flexible yet coherent structure within which to explore the richness of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. Each year, you will follow a core language module and take options in literature, culture and history, covering a wide range of historical periods. Our programmes enable you to build incrementally upon your knowledge and develop areas of individual interest which form the basis of your final-year modules (which include a dissertation option). Progression from year to year depends upon passing the required number of credits and the compulsory language module.
We are located in the heart of London, within easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres (eg the Instituto Cervantes, Camoes Institute) that promote Hispanic and Lusophone culture including theatre, music, and art. The Maughan Library contains an extensive collection of material on the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, including several in the Rare Books collection. Within London there are other important complementary collections in the libraries and research institutes of the University of London and the British Library.
The year abroad is an obligatory part of our programmes, with a wide range of options to study (eg under the Socrates-Erasmus programme) or, through the British Council English Language Assistant programme, to teach in a variety of institutions in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.