German with Film Studies with a year abroad

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BA

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Full Time

| UCAS code: R2P3
Attain a high level of proficiency in German. Develop knowledge and understanding of the culture and society. Learn how society is mediated by cinematic and electronic images through film studies modules. The German degree programme is based in central London and includes a year in a German-speaking country. Our compulsory language modules cater for all levels.

KEY BENEFITS
German
  • Highest-rated department in German within London and nationally on the strength of its world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Teaching informed and delivered by staff who carry out that research.
  • Exceptionally wide range of modules covering literature, language, film, and history.
  • Central location offers students access to a variety of libraries and resources, including the Goethe-Insitut and the Austrian Cultural Forum.
  • Opportunity to study in a German-speaking country offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.

Film Studies
  • The best department for the study of film in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2012, 2013).
  • The leading dedicated film studies team in central London.
  • Recognised in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise as a world-leading and internationally excellent research centre, the department was ranked one of the top five of its kind in the UK.
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment.
  • Central location offers exciting possibilities for further access to film, most notably King's close proximity to the British Film Institute Library, and the new BFI Southbank.
  • Provides a grounding for pursuing careers in the media arts and related activities.
UCAS code
R2P3
Programme type
Major/minor honours
Duration
Four years
Location
Strand Campus
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department of Film Studies
Department of German
Closing date
Please refer to the UCAS website for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
For information on fees and funding for undergraduate programmes at King's go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ug/funding/
CONTACTS
Address
Strand Campus
Email
Tel
020 7848 2350/2374
Fax
020 7848 7200


PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION
Our exceptionally wide range of courses in the Department of German covers literature of all periods, German film, German history, German philosophical thought, and German political and social theory.

In each year of this programme, 25 per cent of modules taken are devoted to Film Studies (at present there is no formal Film Studies component in the year abroad). The remaining courses are agreed with the major department. The aim of Film Studies is to provide you 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.

Students can take this programme either with an A-level (or equivalent) in German, or as a beginner, following a specially-designed ab initio language course.

For more information about the Department of German and the Department of Film Studies, follow the department contact links.


ABOUT THE Department of Film Studies

CAREERS
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

TEACHING STYLE
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.

LOCATION
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 German

CAREERS
Studies of graduate employability repeatedly stress the career value of language degrees. Employers in UK and international business, the press and media, IT and technology, marketing and public relations, public administration, international development, law, finance, teaching and lecturing, interpreting, translating and others have been found repeatedly to value foreign language competence, not just as a specialist skill, but as a personal quality that fosters relationship-building, teamwork, and the capacity to move easily in international contexts. Studying German, you will also gain fluency in a language and knowledge of a country and its culture that is increasingly in demand, given Germany’s central role in European economic and political development. Recent graduates have found employment in sectors including media production and journalism, human relations, finance, business development, retail and marketing, the civil service, teaching and lecturing. A considerable number have continued to further study. Recent employers of King’s German graduates include Goldman Sachs, Astra Zeneca, the National Assembly of Wales, CNN, the American University in London, and the University of Oxford.

TEACHING STYLE
In 2011-12, the Department launched a new curriculum that reflects our commitment to innovative and research-led teaching. Staff across the Department contribute introductory and specialist modules that draw from their own research in German literature, culture and history. Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and one-to-one supervision. This brings you into close contact with tutors in a department that is regularly ranked among the top three research departments in the UK. Language classes involve in-depth work with different kinds of media, literary and academic texts. Teaching is in German and English, according to the subject area. Our teaching style is interactive; students participate informally in small group discussions in seminars or online discussion fora, and formally through seminar presentations and oral assessments.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Following Year 1 foundation modules in culture, history and politics, more specialised modules in Years 2 and 4 reflect the rich research expertise of Department staff. The King’s German Department ranked joint second in the country in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and the commitment of our staff to research excellence is matched by our enthusiasm for teaching. Our rigorous three-year language programme is tailored both to your own level of language competence, and to the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Non-native speakers take core language modules covering the key skills of reading, writing, listening, spoken interaction and production, and translation. Native speakers currently take a separate module in Translation from and into German. Assessment is in a variety of forms including précis and oral presentation, work placement portfolios, longer academic essays in both English and German, and oral and written exams.

LOCATION
Located in the heart of London, the department can draw on unparalleled print, audio-visual and online resources, including the King’s Maughan Library and Senate House Library, the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, the British Film Institute and the British Library. All are within easy walking distance of the Strand Building. The Goethe-Institut and Austrian Cultural Forum also have extensive media and library holdings, and run lively programmes of films, readings, seminars and exhibitions which complement the Department’s internal film screenings, open seminars, exhibitions, and annual departmental play. All teaching takes place at the Strand Campus.

SPECIAL NOTES
The third year of this programme is spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, normally as a student at university or as a teaching assistant in a school or on an approved work placement. We have exchange links with universities in Munich, Frankfurt (Main), Heidelberg, Berlin and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).

 

Currently, students study the following core modules. If there are options available the current choices are also shown. King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the department(s) for further advice.

YEAR 1

Students should take the core modules outlined plus two or three options in German (depending whether you are a non-native or native German speaker). Those studying beginners' German (ab initio) take a different, specially-designed core language module.



YEAR 1 CORE
German
Texts and Contexts: an introduction to German literature and culture (compulsory)
OR
Texts and Contexts for ab initio
AND
German Language Core Module I (non-native speakers only)
OR
Translation from and into German I (native speakers only)
OR
German Language Core Module I (ab initio)

Film Studies
Introduction to Film Studies: Forms
Introduction to Film Studies: Contexts


YEAR 1 OPTIONS

German
Milestones of German History
One Hundred Years on German Cinema
Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society
German Politics and Society



YEAR 2

Students should take the core module outlined plus two options in Film Studies and four or five options in German (depending whether you are non-native or native German speaker).



YEAR 2 CORE

German

German Language Core Module II (non-native speakers)
OR
Translation from and into German II (native speakers)
OR
German Language Core Module II (ab initio)



YEAR 2 OPTIONS

German

  • The Beginnings of the Arthurian Tradition in Germany
  • Women in the early modern period: representations and responses
  • German Realist fiction in the nineteenth century
  • History into literature
  • Modernism and the Avant-garde
  • A year in the life of German-language film
  • Politics and popular culture in Germany after 1870
  • Germany since 1945: politics, society, economics
  • 18th-century German thought: the education of humanity

Film Studies

  • Asian Popular Cinemas
  • Cinema & Spectatorship
  • Film Authorship
  • Film Forms (eg Documentary Film)
  • The French New Wave
  • Italian Cinema
  • Spanish Cinema
  • Topics in European Cinema or Topics in World Cinema


YEAR 3

This is normally spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, either as a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions, as a language teaching assistant, or on an approved work placement. We have links with universities in Munich, Frankfurt (Main), Berlin and Vienna under the European Erasmus-Socrates scheme.



YEAR 4

Students should take the core modules outlined plus two options in Film Studies and up to three options in German.



YEAR 4 CORE
German

German Language Core Module III (non-native speakers)
OR
Translation from and into German III (native speakers)


YEAR 4 OPTIONS
German
  • Religion, sex and politics: German literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
  • Goethe: from Sturm und Drang to Classicism
  • Heinrich Heine
  • Kafka
  • Aspects of post-1945 German fiction
  • The Third Reich in the post-war German novel
  • Brechtian cinema and political modernism
  • Power and everyday life in the GDR
  • German reunification: culture and politics
  • Politics and everyday life in twentieth-century Germany
  • Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature
  • Writing in Tongues: Multilingual Literature in the German Context
  • Contemporary German Politics
  • Dissertation

     


Film Studies
  • American Underground Cinema or American Independent Cinema
  • Film & Trans-nationalism
  • Film Genre, Style & Ideology
  • Film Noir or The European Crime Film
  • Representation & Identity in Film
  • Stardom & Performance
  • Third Cinema & Beyond


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Australia
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See entry requirements for Australia
Austria
Reifezeugnis (Matura)
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Austria
Belgium
Certificat D
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Belgium
Brazil
Brazil
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Brazil
Bulgaria
School Leaving Certificate
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Bulgaria
Canada
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Canada .
Chile
Chile
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
China
Entry Requirements
See our International Entry Requirements for guidance on qualifications from China
Cyprus
Apolytirion
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Czech Republic
Maturita
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.

Denmark
Studentereksamen or Hjere Forberedelseseksamen
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Denmark

Estonia
Gmnaasiumi lputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office

Finland
Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (National Matriculation)
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Finland
France
Baccalaureat (including the option internationale baccalaureat)
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from France
Germany
Abitur
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Germany

Ghana
School Leaving Certificate
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.

Greece
Apolytirion
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Greece

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with the HKDSE

Hungary
Erettsegi
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Hungary

India
School Leaving Certificate
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from India
Iran
School Leaving Certificate
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level unless otherwise stated)

German ab initio pathway: Six subjects at Higher Level with grades of A1 A2 A2 A2 B1 B1.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied German at Higher Level with Grade B.

Italy
Esame di Stato
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Italy
Japan
School Leaving Certificate
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Latvia
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Lithuania
Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
Compulsory subjects

German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Luxembourg
Diplome de Fin D
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Malaysia
Malaysia
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English.

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Malaysia
Malta
Matriculation Certificate - Advanced level
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Mexico
Mexico
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Moldova
School Leaving Certificate
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Netherlands
Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from the Netherlands
New Zealand
National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 (NCEA)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Nigeria
School Leaving Certificate
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Nigeria
Norway
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Pakistan
High School Certificate (HSSC)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Poland
Matura
Compulsory subjects

German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Poland
Portugal
Diploma de Ensino Secundário
Compulsory subjects

German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Portugal
Romania
School Leaving Certificate
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Russia
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Russia
Saudi Arabia
School Leaving Certificate
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Singapore
Singapore A Level
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Singapore
Slovakia
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Slovenia
Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
South Africa
South African Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Spain
Titulo de Bachiller
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Spain
Sweden
Fullständigt Slutbetyg (School Leaving Certificate)
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Switzerland
Federal Maturity Certificate
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
United Kingdom
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)
Preferred subjects
A language, English
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy
Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
A levels

German ab initio pathway: AAB
Standard Pathway: As above, but note that German required at grade B.

Access to HE Diploma

German ab initio pathway: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study of a language, English or History is preferred.


Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied A Level German at Grade B (or equivalent).

Cambridge Pre-U
German ab initio pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German required as a Principal Subject at Grade M2.

 

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)
German ab initio pathway: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (with Distinction Distinction Distinction) may be considered, but note that additional study of a language, English or History at Level 3 is preferred. 

 Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied A Level German at Grade B (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)
German ab initio pathway: BTEC Level 3 Diploma (with Distinction Distinction) will be considered alongside other qualifications such as an A-Level at grade B, preferably including a language, English or History.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied A Level German at Grade B (or equivalent).
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)
German ab initio pathway: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (with Distinction) will be considered alongside other qualifications such as two A-Levels at Grade AB, preferably including a language, English or History.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied A Level German at Grade B (or equivalent).
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

German ab initio pathway: AB in Advanced Highers, in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied German at Grade B (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate
German ab initio pathway: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665.
Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied German at HL with Grade 6.

 

European Baccalaureate
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
USA
Advanced Placements/SAT-R and SAT/ACT
Compulsory subjects
German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects
A language, English

See our Entry Requirements for applicants  from the USA and/or Advanced Placement qualifications. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude testing
No test required

APPLYING TO KING'S
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above

SELECTION PROCEDURE
Most applicants are considered between November and March. Admission requirements are flexible, but evidence of study in German to an appropriate level is always required. A detailed list of the additional credentials and musical skills required for the BA German & Music can be found on the web page of the Department of Music.

Related programme student profile

German with a year abroad BA
King's was always my first choice of university when I was considering higher education at school. After my first Open Day visit, I fell in love with the university! I was attracted to King's because of its fantastic reputation and of course, the location. There is no place like London - and no place where I would rather spend studying for my course!

The resources that are available to students are hugely beneficial, especially as I study at the Strand campus. The Maughan Library is a only a short walk away, there are numerous study areas, cafes and canteens and so on. In addition to the brilliant facilities on offer to students, the location of the university is especially beneficial if you want to find part-time work, and also go out and enjoy yourself.

I love my course; the staff and the department give unconditional support, they are always friendly and welcoming. In addition to the staff, the senior students are always on hand to offer support, and they run really great societies and clubs which I would recommend anyone to get involved in. The language societies always have events planned, ranging from pub quizzes to a trip abroad.

I consider myself to be very lucky that I have met such fantastic people and am located in such a wonderful place. I am looking forward to the next few years here at King's, and feel safe in the knowledge that King's will get me to where I want to be after I have graduated.