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Film Studies BA

UCAS code: P303

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

On the Film Studies BA, you'll cover a range of global cinema and media, both contemporary and historical, and enjoy our particular strengths in the cinema and media of Europe, East Asia, and North America. You’ll explore mainstream, popular cinemas, experimental or avant-garde traditions and practices, as well as documentary, television, video and digital video – including streaming services such as Netflix - all taught by leaders in the field and internationally renowned specialists. You’ll have the opportunity to explore creative practice in digital video and sound, including the use of professional 4K DV cameras, audio equipment, and editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Pro Tools. We also run a BA Internship module which facilitates employment in London-based film and media companies. You’ll develop a broad knowledge and deep understanding of cinema and other moving images, the societies and people that create them, the technologies they use, and the critical tools that reveal their meaning. Throughout the Film Studies BA, you'll be provided with training and skills development in visual and textual analysis, argumentation, verbal and audio-visual presentation, research and writing. Our teaching encompasses lectures, film screenings, seminar-based discussion and debate, and practical workshops. The Department of Film Studies is based in the heart of London, within easy reach of the BFI Southbank, the BFI Library, the IMAX, the Barbican Centre, Tate Modern, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, not to mention a large concentration of cinemas.

Key benefits

  • An exciting, wide-ranging and topical list of modules covering the history, theory, and analysis of European, Asian and North American cinema – mainstream, experimental, documentary, and cult film – as well as television and digital media
  • Our expertise ranges from the late 19th century to the present, with strengths in British, European, North American, and East Asian cinema and media, both popular and commercial, and underground and avant-garde.
  • We facilitate a variety of internships in cinema and media companies and organisations around London, as well as careers and employability training for all graduates.
  • A central London which offers exciting possibilities for film and visual arts learning and enjoyment, most notably through our close collaboration with the British Film Institute
  • Our students enjoy excellent facilities including dedicated Film Studies screening and seminar rooms, and large theatres with 35mm and 4K digital video projection.Through the Maughan Library at King’s, we have large, world-class physical and online library collections of specialist books, journals, and databases in film and media studies, a top-notch DVD collection and the latest video streaming services.
  • Opportunities to work on solo and collaborative creative projects in filmmaking, audio recording and mixing, and the video essay
  • Our graduates are skilled in audio-visual analysis and presentation, useful for careers in film and media production, distribution, and exhibition; arts and cultural management; the performing arts; public relations and advertising; journalism; and education
Mai

The part I enjoy most about studying the BA Film Studies at King’s are the film screenings that usually take place after our lectures. I love the communal experience that this brings with it, especially the moments of shared laughter or stunned silence.

Mai, Film Studies BA

Cinema, both mainstream and avant garde, was the most exciting art form to emerge in the 20th century, though it was challenged by TV and video. Today cinema exists in an even more complicated media environment, also encompassing the internet, video streaming, and video games. Our Film Studies BA offers unparalleled critical, historical, and theoretical tools to understand and appreciate the creative potential of cinematic and electronic images and their social, cultural, political, and economic importance in our world. Our Film Studies community is large, dynamic and vibrant.

Course Aims

  • To develop your knowledge and understanding of film and related visual media, their history, theory, and analysis, from the late 19th century to the present day
  • To familiarise you with the intellectual debates that have revolved around cinema and moving images, and their relationship with literature, art history, philosophy, architecture, music, politics, sociology, and economics
  • To enable you to interpret, examine, and question moving images of all kinds, and to understand their technological and industrial origins
  • To provide you with skills to make short films, using professional equipment
  • To give you a solid foundation for careers in media, the arts, and related fields

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Special features

Optional study abroad
Optional internships

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Applicants must be studying an essay-based subject. Please see further information below.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

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.

Must include an essay-based subject. Notes: If you are taking linear A Levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

BBB 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. Must include an essay-based subject. Notes: If you are taking linear A Levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Must include an essay-based subject at Higher Level. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

34 points overall and 555 at Higher Level. Must include an essay-based subject at Higher Level. Notes: The total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

Subject Requirement

The Film Studies programme is a course in film analysis and review. It is not a course in film production or technology. As a result, there is an essay-based subject requirement to ensure all prospective students are aware of the essay-based nature of the course and have the academic skills required to succeed on the programme. Subjects we have previously accepted for meeting the essay-based subject requirement include:
Anthropology, Business, Classics, Classical Civilisation, Creative Writing, English Language/English Literature/English Language and Literature, Modern Languages , Latin, Law/Legal Studies, History, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Film Studies, Media Studies, Sociology, Economics, Psychology, Geography.


Please note that this list is not exhaustive and we will assess each application on it’s individual merits, therefore if you are not studying one of the subjects listed above but have a strong interest in Film Studies, we encourage you to apply.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the subject across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done.

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

We are unable to consider transfer applications during the 2021/22 admissions cycle for this programme. We will update the website in September 2022 to confirm whether transfers will be accepted for future admissions cycles for this programme. 

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

King’s has made a significant investment in the study of film and related media, including an extensive collection of print and audio-visual material (DVD, Blu-ray, streaming sites), facilities for 35mm screening, as well as all necessary information technology resources. All our modules will be taught in well-equipped rooms through a combination of screening, lectures, seminars, and practical workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Examinations

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may include written essays, oral or audio-visual presentations, blog entries, multi-choice tests, visual tests, short films or video essays, or timed examinations

Structure

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

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our Film Studies graduates work in a range of careers, often directly connected to their education at King’s. Some pursue graduate work in film-making, 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. You can read more about our graduates here.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Broadcast Assistants
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communications
  • Location Managers
  • Producers
  • Researchers

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is £21,840 per year.

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.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities and detailed information on the fees that apply under the Course Essentials tab.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:   · books if you choose to buy your own copies · clothing for optional course related events and competitions · library fees and fines · personal photocopies · printing course handouts · society membership fees · stationery · graduation costs · travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Funding

Cinema, both mainstream and avant garde, was the most exciting art form to emerge in the 20th century, though it was challenged by TV and video. Today cinema exists in an even more complicated media environment, also encompassing the internet, video streaming, and video games. Our Film Studies BA offers unparalleled critical, historical, and theoretical tools to understand and appreciate the creative potential of cinematic and electronic images and their social, cultural, political, and economic importance in our world. Our Film Studies community is large, dynamic and vibrant.

Course Aims

  • To develop your knowledge and understanding of film and related visual media, their history, theory, and analysis, from the late 19th century to the present day
  • To familiarise you with the intellectual debates that have revolved around cinema and moving images, and their relationship with literature, art history, philosophy, architecture, music, politics, sociology, and economics
  • To enable you to interpret, examine, and question moving images of all kinds, and to understand their technological and industrial origins
  • To provide you with skills to make short films, using professional equipment
  • To give you a solid foundation for careers in media, the arts, and related fields

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Special features

Optional study abroad
Optional internships

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Applicants must be studying an essay-based subject. Please see further information below.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

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.

Must include an essay-based subject. Notes: If you are taking linear A Levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

BBB 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. Must include an essay-based subject. Notes: If you are taking linear A Levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Must include an essay-based subject at Higher Level. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

34 points overall and 555 at Higher Level. Must include an essay-based subject at Higher Level. Notes: The total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

Subject Requirement

The Film Studies programme is a course in film analysis and review. It is not a course in film production or technology. As a result, there is an essay-based subject requirement to ensure all prospective students are aware of the essay-based nature of the course and have the academic skills required to succeed on the programme. Subjects we have previously accepted for meeting the essay-based subject requirement include:
Anthropology, Business, Classics, Classical Civilisation, Creative Writing, English Language/English Literature/English Language and Literature, Modern Languages , Latin, Law/Legal Studies, History, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Film Studies, Media Studies, Sociology, Economics, Psychology, Geography.


Please note that this list is not exhaustive and we will assess each application on it’s individual merits, therefore if you are not studying one of the subjects listed above but have a strong interest in Film Studies, we encourage you to apply.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the subject across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done.

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

We are unable to consider transfer applications during the 2021/22 admissions cycle for this programme. We will update the website in September 2022 to confirm whether transfers will be accepted for future admissions cycles for this programme. 

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

King’s has made a significant investment in the study of film and related media, including an extensive collection of print and audio-visual material (DVD, Blu-ray, streaming sites), facilities for 35mm screening, as well as all necessary information technology resources. All our modules will be taught in well-equipped rooms through a combination of screening, lectures, seminars, and practical workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Examinations

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may include written essays, oral or audio-visual presentations, blog entries, multi-choice tests, visual tests, short films or video essays, or timed examinations

Structure

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

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our Film Studies graduates work in a range of careers, often directly connected to their education at King’s. Some pursue graduate work in film-making, 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. You can read more about our graduates here.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Broadcast Assistants
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communications
  • Location Managers
  • Producers
  • Researchers

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is £21,840 per year.

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.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities and detailed information on the fees that apply under the Course Essentials tab.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:   · books if you choose to buy your own copies · clothing for optional course related events and competitions · library fees and fines · personal photocopies · printing course handouts · society membership fees · stationery · graduation costs · travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Funding

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

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