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German with Film Studies with a year abroad BA

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Overview

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

Key benefits

German

  • Highly-rated department in German with an international reputation for the strength of its world-leading and 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-Institut and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

  • Year abroad 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.

 

Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.

Key information

UCAS code R2P3

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Major/minor honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of Film Studies,Department of German

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Course detail

Description

Through our required language modules you will attain a high level of proficiency in speaking, writing and reading the German language, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of German culture and society. Our three-year language programme is designed to support a range of levels of competence in German – from beginner to native fluency, and for the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Our extensive list of cultural modules reflects our commitment to innovative and research-led teaching, with staff from across the Department contributing introductory and specialist modules that draw on their own research in German literature, culture and history.

In each year of this programme, 25 per cent of the modules that you take will be devoted to Film Studies. Our modules aim to provide you with the tools to be able to think critically about cinematic and electronic images and how they relate to society, and will teach you the skills to enable you to pursue careers in this field.

You will spend your year abroad in a Germanspeaking country, and this will allow you to reach a very high level of German, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of the culture and society of your host country. Your study will help you develop transferable skills such as linguistic fluency and analytical and communication skills.

Teaching style

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and one-to-one supervision, through which you will have contact with our staff, who are experts in their fields. Language classes involve in-depth work with different kinds of media, literary and academic texts. Our teaching style is interactive; you will participate informally in small group discussions, in seminars or online discussion platforms, and formally through seminar presentations and oral assessments

Assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including précis (written or spoken summaries) 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, our 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 our Department’s internal film screenings, open seminars, exhibitions, and annual departmental play.

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, Mannheim and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).

 

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

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.

In your first year you will take 90 credits in German and 30 credits in Film Studies.

Required Modules

German

 

If you are an ab initio student, in your first you are required to take:

  • Introductory German (30 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts for ab initio (30 credits)
  • One Hundred and Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)

If you are a non-native German speaker, in your first year you are required to take:

  • German Core Language I (30 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts (30 credits)
  • One Hundred and Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)

If you are a native German student, in your first year you are required to take:

  • Texts and Contexts (30 credits)
  • Translation from and into German I (15 credits)
  • One Hundred and Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)

Film Studies

In your first year, you are required to take:

  • Introduction to Film Studies: Forms (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Film Studies: Contexts (15 credits)
Optional Modules

German

If you are an ab initio student, you should choose 15 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may include:

  • Milestones of German History (15 credits)
  • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)

If you are a non-native German speaker, you should choose 15 credits from a  range of optional modules that may include:

  • Milestones of German History (15 credits)
  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society (15 credits)
  • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)

If you are a native German student, you should choose 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may include:

  • Milestones of German History (15 credits)
  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society (15 credits)
  • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)

Film Studies

There are no optional modules for your first year. 

Year 2

In your second year you will take 90 credits in German and 30 credits in Film Studies.

Required Modules

German

If you are an ab initio student, you are required to take:

• German Core Language for ab initio II (30 credits)
Additionally you must take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:
• The German Reformation (15 credits)
• 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
• Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)
You will take a further 45 credits chosen from optional modules which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
• Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
• A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits)
• History into Literature (15 credits)


If you are a non-native German speaker, in your second year you are required to take:

• German Core Language II (30 credits)
Additionally, you will take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:
• The German Reformation (15 credits)
• 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
• Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)
You will take a further 45 credits chosen from optional modules which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• German in London. The City in Literature and Film (15 credits)
• Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
• A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits)
• Hitler’s Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)
• Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
• History into Literature (15 credits)

If you are a native German speaker, in your second year you are required to take:

• Translation from and into German II (15 credits)

Additionally, you will take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:
• The German Reformation (15 credits)
• 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
• Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)

You will take a further 60 credits chosen from optional modules which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• German in London. The City in Literature and Film (15 credits)
• Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
• A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits)
• Hitler’s Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)
• Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
• History into Literature (15 credits)

Film Studies

In your second year there are no required modules.

Optional Modules

German

If you are an ab initio student, you must take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:

• The German Reformation (15 credits)
• 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
• Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)
You will take a further 45 credits chosen from optional modules which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
• Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
• A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits)
• History into Literature (15 credits)


If you are a non-native German speaker, you will take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:

• The German Reformation (15 credits)
• 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
• Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)
You will take a further 45 credits chosen from optional modules which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• German in London. The City in Literature and Film (15 credits)
• Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
• A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits)
• Hitler’s Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)
• Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
• History into Literature (15 credits)

If you are a native German speaker, you will take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:

• The German Reformation (15 credits)
• 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
• Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)

You will take a further 60 credits chosen from optional modules which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• German in London. The City in Literature and Film (15 credits)
• Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
• A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits)
• Hitler’s Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)
• Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
• History into Literature (15 credits)

Film Studies

In your second year, you will take 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may include:

  • Asian Popular Cinemas (15 credits)
  • Cinema & Spectatorship (15 credits)
  • Chinese Cinemas (15 credits)
  • Authorship and Creativity in the Cinema (15 credits)
  • Film Forms (eg: Documentary Film, Avant-garde Cinema) (15 credits)
  • The French New Wave (15 credits)
  • Italian Neo-Realism (15 credits)
  • Contemporary European Cinema (15 credits)
  • Topics in World Cinema (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Spanish Cinema (15 credits)

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, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Vienna under the European Erasmus-Socrates scheme.

Required Modules

You will spend your third year abroad at one of our partner institutions, which currently include:

  • Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Universität Wien
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • Universität Mannheim

You will also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship or work placement in a German-speaking environment, which you will normally be expected to organise independently, allowing you to explore career prospects and personal interests.

Optional Modules

Year 4

In your fourth year you will take 90 credits in German and 30 credits in Film Studies.
Required Modules

German

If you are an ab initio or non-native speaking student, you are required to take:
• German Core Language III (30 credits)

Additionally you will take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:
• Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism (15 credits)
• Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
• Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature (15 credits)
• Women’s Writing: Then and Now (15 credits)
You will also take 45 credits from a range of optional German modules, which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• Dissertation (15 credits)
• Aspects of Post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
• German in the World: Afro-German Moving Images (15 credits)
• Contemporary German Politics [European & International Studies] (15 credits)
• New German Cinema in East and West (15 credits)
• Writing in Tongues: Literature & Migration in the Modern German Context (15 credits)

If you are a native German speaker, in your fourth year, you are required to take:

• Translation from and into German III (15 credits)

Additionally, you will take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:
• Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism (15 credits)
• Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
• Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature (15 credits)
• Women’s Writing: Then and Now (15 credits)
You will also take 60 credits from a range of optional German modules, which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• Dissertation (15 credits)
• Aspects of Post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
• German in the World: Afro-German Moving Images (15 credits)
• Contemporary German Politics [European & International Studies] (15 credits)
• New German Cinema in East and West (15 credits)
• Writing in Tongues: Literature & Migration in the Modern German Context (15 credits)

 

Film Studies

In your fourth year, there are no required modules.

Optional Modules

Film Studies

You will take 30 credits from a wide variety of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • American Underground Cinema (15 credits)
  • Cinema and Social Formations (15 credits)
  • Fathers in Film (15 credits)
  • Film and Architecture (15 credits)
  • Film and Religion (15 credits)
  • Film and Transnationalism (East Asian Focus) (15 credits)
  • Film Genre: Hollywood Musical (15 credits)
  • Film Noir (15 credits)
  • Stardom and Performance (15 credits)
  • The Biopic: Historical Lives and Biographical Screen Practices (15 credits)
  • Third Cinema & Beyond (15 credits)

Entry requirements

 

Required grades:

AAB

Required grades:

35 points overall with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades:

D3 D3 M2

Required grades:

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Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

80% overall

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

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

Preferred subjects

A language or English.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

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). Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

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. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010):
German ab initio pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
Standard pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade B in German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010):
German ab initio pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA
Standard pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade B in German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010):
German ab initio pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA.
Standard pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, including grade B in German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers:
German ab initio pathway: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject)
Standard pathway: As above, but note that grade B in Advanced Higher German is required. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

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. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

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Career prospects

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 value foreign language ability, not just as a specialist skill, but as a personal quality that develops 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.

Career destinations

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.

 

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