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King’s College London Film Studies

King’s College London Film Studies

Film Studies BA

Overview

The Film Studies BA at King’s is the only single-honours degree in film studies taught by a dedicated film studies team in central London. Our unique geographical position in central London will put you within easy reach of the IMAX, the BFI Southbank and the British Film Institute Library, not to mention a large concentration of cinemas. Our degree will provide you with a detailed knowledge both of the creative potential of film, and the relationship between film and the societies it portrays.

Key benefits

  • Consistently one of the best departments for the study of film in the UK (Guardian University Guide).
  • 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 the Maughan Library.
  • Broad list of modules ranging from Contemporary European Cinema, Asian Cinema, experimental film to the American Underground.
  • Recognized in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise as a world-leading and internationally excellent research centre, the department was ranked one of the best of its kind in the UK.
  • We offer a friendly and supportive learning environment.
  • 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.
  • We provide a foundation for pursuing careers in the media, arts, and related activities.

UCAS code P303

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

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Course detail

Description

The cinema was the most exciting art form to emerge in the 20th century and new modes of cinematic production and delivery are continuing to challenge and expand our understanding of what cinema is. Our Film Studies BA develops your knowledge of classical and contemporary cinema and of how cinematic and electronic images mediate society. It enables you to analyse film and electronic media, as well as understand and appreciate their creative potential. It gives you in-depth knowledge of the intellectual debates that form the discipline of film studies and its relationships with other disciplines, such as literature, art history, philosophy, architecture, music, politics, and digital media. It also provides an excellent background for pursuing careers in the media arts and related activities.

Teaching style

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 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 at the Sytrand Campus, we are fortunate to be in the heart centre 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. The course is primarily taught at King’s College London Strand Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.We currently offer the following eight required 15-credit modules for study in the first year:

Required Modules

Introduction to Film Studies: Forms

Introduction to Film Studies: Contexts

Research & Scholarship in Film Studies

Critical Debates in Film Studies

Film History: 1895 – 1930

Film History: 1930 – 1945

Film History: 1945 – 1980

Film History: 1980 to the present

A complete list of modules and descriptions can be found on our Department website.

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course in year one.

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 subjects

An essay-based humanities subject.

Preferred subjects

None.

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.

Access to HE Diploma: 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.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including at least one humanities subject. 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 or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including at least one essay-based humanities subject.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including at least one essay-based humanities subject.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including at least one essay-based humanities subject.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including an essay based subject at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including at least one essay-based humanities subject at HL. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

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

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Help and support

If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

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.

 

 

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). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

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

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds 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
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

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

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King’s.

Career prospects

Our Film Studies graduates work in a range of careers, often directly connected to their education at King’s. Some pursue graduate work in filmmaking, acting and other creative aspects of the film and media industries. Others move on to film studies at graduate level. The study of film can also lead to exciting careers in print and media journalism, arts and other cultural management positions, film preservation and curating.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

• Broadcast Assistants

• Adjunct Assistant Professor of Communications

• Location Managers

• Producers

• Researchers.

MA in Film Studies

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Contemporary film studies is a diverse, interdisciplinary field, incorporating a variety of approaches to the analysis of film and film culture. The MA in Film Studies at King’s College London builds on the research strengths of its distinguished faculty to offer modules that examine a wide range of cinemas and approaches to studying film.

We also offer a pathway in Film and Philosophy.

MA Film Studies (Film and Philosophy pathway)

Within film studies, interest in philosophical approaches to the study of film and new media, has produced a vital new field of critical inquiry and research. The Film Studies Department at King’s College London offers a unique environment for the research and teaching of film and philosophy.

Students who choose the MA Film Studies (Film and Philosophy pathway) will take:

  • A core module in Film and Philosophy
  • At least two designated film and philosophy modules (from a list that includes Cinema and Sentiment, Experimental Film and Philosophy, Film History and the Cinema Experience and Thinking Cinema)
  • Up to two other film studies modules, including those offered through the University of London Screen Studies Group
  • A dissertation on a topic incorporating and reflecting on philosophical approaches to the study of film

The benefits of this pathway are:

  1. A study programme that clearly defines the research into film and philosophy as a subfield of film studies
  2. The experience of being part of a larger MA Film Studies cohort that brings the MA Film Studies (Film and Philosophy pathway) and MA Film Studies together through shared modules, a graduate work-in-progress conference, and visiting speaker seminar series
  3. The flexibility to choose from a wide range of optional film studies modules.
For more information and to apply, please visit the Online Prospectus.

You can find out more about postgraduate study options in the Department in our latest brochure: