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Spanish with Film Studies with a year abroad BA

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Overview

This course comprises of a major in Spanish and a minor in Film Studies, taught in the heart of London. The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies is active in all fields of Spanish language, literature and cultural history, and the complementary Film Studies minor aims to provide conceptual tools for understanding critically how society is mediated by cinematic and electronic images.

Key benefits

Spanish Studies

  • One of the country’s most highly rated Spanish departments for teaching and research, where Spanish has been taught since 1831.
  • The department of Spanish is currently ranked 6th in the UK (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).
  • Course taught by staff who are experts in their field.
  • Central location offers easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres that promote Hispanic culture.
  • Opportunity to study abroad for a year offers students the chance to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.
  • Offering exchanges with a number of global partner universities, and the opportunity to applyfor the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship/work placement in a Spanish-speaking environment (typically sourced by students themselves).
  • Lively department social life through the student-run Hispanic Society.

Film Studies

  • The best department for the study of film in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015).
  • The leading dedicated film studies team in central London.
  • Recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework where 87% of our research output and 100% of our impact case studies were ranked 3 or 4 star. 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 R4P3

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 Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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Description

In the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies we are engaged in all fields of peninsular language, literature and cultural history, from the earliest times to the present day. Beginning with our first- year required module, Global Iberias, you will explore an unrivalled range of topics covering literature, history, film, music and visual arts from the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. In the following years, you will choose from a wide variety of options and, in your final year, you may take a research topic to replace one or two of your modules. The core language modules help students to refine and deepen the language skills essential to all fields of study, and enable you to graduate with near native fluency.

In each year of this course, two of your modules will focus on Film Studies – at present there is no formal Film Studies component in the year abroad. You will agree the remaining modules with the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies. Our Department of Film Studies will give you the tools to analyse film as part of a wider society, and the skills to pursue a career in the media arts or a related field.

Your year abroad will deepen your knowledge and understanding of Spanish. We have exchanges with a number of Spanish partner universities around the world. Alternatively, you may choose to undertake an internship or work placement.

TEACHING STYLE

Our programmes are taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly and well-resourced environment. Through lectures, interactive seminars and individual tutorials we will help you to become an independent, lifelong learner who contributes to the quality of your own education.

You will be studying with leading academics who are experts across a wide variety of fields. As you progress, you will be able to pursue your particular interests and gain exposure to disciplines such as History, Political Science, Comparative Literature, Popular Music, Gender and Cultural studies, as well as Film and Visual Arts.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT

Our programmes offer students a flexible yet coherent structure within which to explore the richness of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. In the first year, you will take a core language module and a core culture module, ‘Global Iberias’. Depending on your programme, you will choose additional optional modules. In subsequent years, you will take a core language module, and choose from a variety of electives. In your final year, you may take a research topic to replace one or two of your modules.

Progression from year to year depends upon passing the required number of credits and the compulsory language module.

LOCATION

We are located in the heart of London, within easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres (eg the Instituto Cervantes, Camoes Institute) that promote Hispanic and Lusophone culture including theatre, music, and art. The Maughan Library contains an extensive collection of material on the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, including several in the Rare Books collection. Within London there are other important complementary collections in the libraries and research institutes of the University of London and the British Library.

SPECIAL NOTES

The year abroad is an obligatory and enriching part of our programmes, with a wide range of options to study through the British Council English Language Assistant programme, to teach in a variety of institutions in Spain and Latin America.

 

Structure

Year 1

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

In your first year you will take 90 credits from Spanish and 30 credits from Film Studies.

Required Modules

Spanish

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Spanish Language I (30 credits)
  • Global Iberias: Introduction to the Spanish and Portuguese-Speaking Worlds (30 credits)

Film

You are required to take the following modules:

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

Spanish

You are also required to take two further modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Image: Visual Culture in the Global Iberias (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Modern Hispanic Culture I  (15 credits)
  • From Frontier to Empire: Cultures in Contact in the Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Worlds (15 credits)
  • Music of the Lusophone and Hispanic Worlds (15 credits)
  • Spain in the 20th century (15 credits)

Year 2

In your second year you will take 90 credits from Spanish and 30 credits from Film Studies.

Required Modules

Spanish

You are required to take the following module:

  • Spanish Language II (30 credits)

Film Studies

There are no required Film Studies modules in Year 2.

Optional Modules

Spanish

You are required to take four modules (totalling 60 credits) from a range of options which may typically include:

  • Catalan Language (15 credits)
  • The Study of Gender in Spanish American Literature & Culture (15 credits)
  • Memory in Modern Spanish Culture (15 credits)
  • Fatherlands: Spain & Portugal under the Dictators (15 credits)
  • Visuality, Literature & Modern Life in Latin America (15 credits)
  • Language Acts & Worldmaking in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (15 credits)
  • Nationalism in Spain (15 credits)
  • Spain in the World (15 credits)

Film Studies

Choose two modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of options that 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 (e.g. 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

Your third year will be spent abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. If you choose to study, then we have an extensive list of partner institutions which you may attend, which currently include:

Spanish Institutions

  • Alicante
  • Cadiz
  • Carlos III (Madrid)
  • Córdoba
  • País Vasco
  • Pompeu Fabra
  • PUC (Chile)
  • Tec (Querétaro, Mexico)
  • Santiago de Compostela (Lugo Campus)
  • UNAM (Mexico)
  • Pacifico (Peru)
  • Salamanca
  • San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)

You may also choose to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme, or to undertake an internship or work placement in a Spanish-speaking environment, which you will normally arrange yourself, allowing you to explore career prospects and fields of personal interest.

Required Modules
There are no required modules in year three.
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules in year three.

Year 4

In your fourth year, you will return to King’s to complete your studies. In this year, you will take 90 credits from Spanish and 30 credits from Film Studies.

Required Modules

Spanish

In your fourth year, the following module is required:

•           Spanish Language IV (30 credits)

Film Studies

There are no required Film Studies modules in Year 2.

Optional Modules

Spanish

You are also required to take four modules (totalling 60 credits) from a wide range of options, which may typically include:

  • Dissertation Option 1 (15 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Applied Linguistics (15 credits)
  • Key Terms & Points of View in Latin American Visual Arts (15 credits)
  • Writing Women in Pre-modern Spain (15 credits)
  • Brazilian Poetry & Song: 1958 to the present (15 credits)
  • Advanced Catalan Language (15 credits)
  • Myth and Archive (15 credits)
  • Journey through Spain: Travel Writing in Modern Spain (15 credits)
  • The Writer & the Public: Journalism in Spain, Past and Present (15 credits)
  • Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Africa & the Americas, 16th-20th Centuries (15 credits)
  • Comparing Romance Languages: Historical Evolution & Linguistic Interference (15 credits)
  • Catalan Culture (15 credits)
  • Images of Spain: Stereotypes in Spanish Cinema (15 credits)

Film Studies

In your fourth year you are required to take two modules (totaling 30 credits) from a range of options that may typically include:

  • Film & Transnationalism (15 credits)
  • American Underground Cinema (15 credits)
  • Cinema & Social Formations (15 credits)
  • Film Genre: Hollywood Musical (15 credits)
  • Documentary in the Twenty-First Century (15 credits)
  • Film & New Media (15 credits)
  • Film Noir (15 credits)
  • Film & Religion (15 credits)
  • Film & Architecture (15 credits)
  • The Biopic: Historical Lives & Biographical Screen Practices (15 credits)
  • New Waves in East Asian Cinema (15 credits)
  • Film Style, Criticism & Interpretation (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-todate, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore modules 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

Spanish

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

A-Level  AAB 

AAB including grade A in Spanish. Alternatively, if you have AAB but not academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

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

In addition, an A-Level or equivalent qualification in Spanish at grade A. If you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency instead,  if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including grade D3 in Spanish. If you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

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 Spanish.

Alternatively, if you do not have academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

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

Alternatively, if you do not have academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

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 Spanish.

Alternatively, if you do not have academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Advanced Higher Spanish at grade A. If you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

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

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including Higher Level Spanish at grade 6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

If you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

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). 

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

Your Spanish & Film Studies degree will equip you with the language skills, cultural awareness and critical independence necessary to compete successfully in an almost limitless range of careers, particularly in the field of media arts.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have gone on to gain employment in areas including business and commerce, finance, marketing, accountancy, law, the Civil Service, the media, charitable and non-governmental organizations, while others have remained in higher education to gain a teaching qualification or continue their studies at postgraduate level.

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