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French with Film Studies with a year abroad BA

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Overview

This stimulating course includes modules in the French language which will advance your written and oral French skills, whilst complementing them with a range of cultural, historical, political and film modules. You will be given the conceptual tools to understand how society is mediated by cinematic and electronic images, whilst being taught in the heart of London and in close proximity to notable institutes of film and French. You will also take a year abroad in a French-speaking country.

 

Key benefits

French:

  • A leading department of French, currently ranked within the top five in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019).

  • Teaching features innovative approaches to French language, literature, cultural, political and historical studies.

  • The year abroad offers students the unique opportunity for immersion in French culture. We have exchanges with a number of partner universities in France and French speaking countries, and the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship/ work placement in a French-speaking environment (typically sourced by students themselves).

  • The combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means graduates from King’s are highly employable.

  • All students follow required modules in the French language to attain a high level of proficiency in written and spoken French.


Film Studies:

  • Consistently one of the best departments for the study of film in the UK, and currently ranked as the first department of Film in central London (Guardian University Guide 2018).

  • Our 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.

  • Enviable facilities including two dedicated, fully-equipped lecture-seminar rooms, a large film theatre with a 35mm/Betacam SP/Blu-Ray projection, and a huge collection of print, DVD and VHS materials in our Maughan Library.

  • Broad list of modules ranging from Contemporary European Cinema, Asian Cinema, experimental film to the American Underground.

  • We offer a friendly and supportive learning environment.

  • We provide a foundation 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 R1P3

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

Department Department of Film Studies Department of French

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Description

Our French with Film Studies BA course involves studying required language modules which focus on high-level skills in written and oral French, and selecting from a range of additional modules from both areas of the course for a study pathway that matches your interests. The diverse course aims to deliver in-depth knowledge of the intellectual debates in modern languages, film studies and their relationships with other disciplines, such as literature, art history, philosophy, architecture, music, politics, and digital media. The course also provides an excellent background for pursuing careers in the media arts and related activities.

Teaching style

We use lectures, seminars and small group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. French language modules concentrate on high standards in written, oral and translation skills, and will involve demanding tutorials with experienced native French lecturers.King’s has made a significant commitment to the study of film and related media. Including an extensive collection of print and audio-visual material (DVD and VHS), new facilities for 35mm screening, as well as all necessary information technology resources. All of our modules will be taught in well-equipped rooms through a combination of screening, lectures and seminars.

Assessment

We will assess your progress and attainment on all the modules you study through a combination of coursework, in-class presentations, in-class tests and written examinations.

Location

Located in the heart of London at the Strand Campus, the modern languages centre is close to excellent resources for students, with specialist libraries including the Institut Français, as well as exceptional galleries, theatres and cinemas.

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.

Special notes 

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, Montreal, Geneva and Martinique among others.

 

Structure

Year 1

Currently, students study the following core and compulsory 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.

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

You will study four required modules in your first year totalling 90 credits; you will also choose additional modules totalling 30 credits to make up the required 120 credits for the year.

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Core French Language (30 credits)
  • Introduction to French Literature (30 credits)

Film Studies

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules

French

You will take a further 30 credits in French, choosing from a range of modules, which may typically include:

  • French Narrative Texts: An Introduction (15 credits)
  • Text & Performance: An Introduction to French Theatre & Film (15 credits)
  • Revolution & Reaction in Modern French: An Introduction to Modern French History (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought (15 credits)

Film Studies

There are no optional Film Studies modules in year 1.

Year 2

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following French modules:

  • Core French Language (15 Credits)
  • The Practice of Translation (15 Credits)

Film Studies

There are no required Film Studies modules in Year 2.

Optional Modules

French

You are also required to take 60 credits, including at least one early/transhistorical module, from a range of optional French modules which may typically include:

  • Modern French History (15 credits)
  • Death & Desire: Love in French Literature before 1700 (15 credits)
  • The French Novel after 1700 (15 credits)
  • French Poetry after 1800 (15 credits)
  • Writing the Self in French Literature since 1700 (15 credits)
  • The Idea of France (15 credits)
  • Modernity & the City (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought II (15 credits)

Film Studies

In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional Film Studies modules which may typically include:

Year 3

Your third year of study will be spent abroad at one of our partner institutions to improve your linguistic skills and understanding of French life and culture:

  • Université Lumière Lyon II
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • Université Paris-Nanterre
  • Aix-Marseille Université
  • Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique)
  • École Normale Supérieure (Paris)
  • École Normale Supérieure (Lyon)
  • Sciences Po (Paris)
  • Sciences Po (Lyon)
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université Laval
  • Université de Strasbourg
  • Université de Poitiers
  • Université de Genève
Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

In your final year, you will study a 15 credit required language module, plus five optional modules totalling 75 credits in French and two optional modules totalling 30 credits in Film Studies.

Required Modules

French
You are required to take the following modules:

  • Core French Language (15 Credits)

Film Studies
There are no required Film Studies modules in year four.

Optional Modules

French

You are also required to take 75 credits from a range of optional French modules, including at least one on pre-1800 literature, which may typically include:

  • The Stylistics of Translation (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Contemporary women’s writing in French (15 credits)
  • Images of Algeria (15 credits)
  • Shadows of Enlightenment* (15 credits)
  • Old French Romance* (15 credits)
  • Proust (15 credits)
  • Sixteenth-century Encounters with the ‘New World’* (15 credits)
  • Québécois Fiction & Film across the Canadian Bicultural Divide (15 credits)
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Theories and Practices (15 Credits)
  • Satire in Early Modern France* (15 credits)
  • Queer Sexuality in Pre-Modern French Literature* (15 credits)
  • The French Revolution Effect: Italy, France, Germany, Greece (15 credits)

* indicates pre-1800 literature module

Film Studies

You are also required to take 30 credits from a range of optional Film Studies modules which may typically include:

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.

Entry requirements

 

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. 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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) 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

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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

Required subjects

French

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-level AAB

Including grade A in French.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2). 

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.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

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. In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in French, or, take the DELF or DALF (minimum DELF B2).
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Including grade D3 in French.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2). 

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in French.

or

DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in French.

or

DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in French.

or

M with two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Higher

and

AB at Advanced Higher

Including grade A in Advanced Higher French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

with three Higher Level subjects at 665 (including HL6 in French). Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2)

Note the total IB point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 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.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). 

If you are studying abroad at a non-partner university, you should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King’s.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

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. 

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 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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

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Career prospects

Many graduates from the French with Film Studies BA course choose to remain in further education and go on to study in law, finance or media after graduation. The highly desirable combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means that French graduates from King’s are in high demand in today’s employment market.

Career destinations

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.

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