King's has one of the rare French departments where you can take modules across the whole range of French and Francophone language and literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, as well as modules in French history, contemporary French institutions, film, politics and philosophy. In each year of this programme, modules to a value of 30 credits 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 French 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.
For more about the French and Film Studies departments, follow the department 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 French
Many students remain to pursue graduate degrees whilst others go on to take further training in law, finance or the media. A wealth of opportunities are open to French graduates and King’s has an excellent record for employment after graduation. The highly desirable combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means that French graduates from King’s are in strong demand in today’s job market. Recent graduates have found employment as…. • Lecturer, Goldsmiths College • Medical Recruitment Administrator, London Deanery • Research Fellow, University of Oxford • International Data Clerk, ES-Three • Recruitment Consultant, Chapman Black • Tenant Manager, Regents Group
Most teaching takes place in small-group classes and seminars supported by lectures. Modules in the French language are focused on high level skills in written and oral French and involve intensive contact with native speakers of French. We offer specialised modules in translation, while training all students to write and speak French at a high level of sophistication. Modules in French literature, culture, history and politics are taught by lecturers internationally recognised for their expertise in these fields, and aim to develop a broad and deep knowledge of French culture, as well as an advanced capacity for critical thinking and analysis.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
All students of French follow a core language module each year and choose optional modules in the French language, French literature, thought, film, history and politics. Students on all French programmes take a balance of language and content modules. Modules are assessed either by coursework, desk examination, or a combination of both. The final classification you obtain for your degree is based on the modules you take in each of the three or four years of your degree.
Located in the heart of London, the department is close to unparalleled resources for students of French, specialist libraries, the Institut Français, unrivalled galleries, theatres and cinemas. All teaching takes place at the Strand Campus.
The single honours four-year French degree, like all other joint and major/minor honours programmes, includes a third year spent studying abroad. If you take joint honours in French and another language your year abroad will usually be split between a French-speaking country and a country speaking your other language. If you combine French with a subject that is not another language your whole year abroad will be spent in a French-speaking country.
We have exchanges with many different universities in places as diverse as Paris, Montpellier, Montreal, Geneva and Martinique among others. King’s is also one of the few French departments in the country to offer a three-year French degree including six months spent at the University of London Institute in Paris.