Liverpool John Moores University film studies

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Liverpool John Moores University film studies

About your course

The BA (Hons) Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University is a hybrid degree that combines practical and theoretical work. The course will enable you to explore the development of cinema worldwide, while providing you with extensive hands-on filmmaking and editing experience using our industry-standard production studio and editing suites.

  • Explore the history and development of cinema from around the world
  • Study film theory, criticism and interpretation
  • Hands-on practice with digital cameras and editing software
  • Opportunity to learn filmmaking skills
  • Opens up careers in film production, exhibition and distribution as well as research and teaching

Liverpool John Moores University film studies

Course details

At LJMU you will have the opportunity to study American, European and World cinema from historical and critical perspectives as well as learning how to critique and interpret film.

The degree offered by LJMU is an academic programme but you will also be given the option of receiving hands-on practical experience with digital cameras and editing software to create an impressive portfolio of your own. This will include short fiction and documentary.

You will be based in the Liverpool Screen School, which is located in the £38million Redmonds Building in the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool city centre. The building features the latest in specialist facilities, including a production studio, a green screen and designated editing suites.

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, writing workshops, film screenings and production group work. Your tutors will also be available for one-to-one tutorials and we make extensive use of our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, to provide course information, further reading and peer interaction.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Your tutors are published academics and include practicising film makers:

  • Dr Ruth Doughty (Black American film, transnational cinema and film theory)
  • Keith Marley (documentary film-making, montage theory)
  • Dr Lydia Papadimitriou (American, European and World cinema, and film theory)
  • Dr Corin Willis (production, African American film-making and silent cinema)

You will also have the opportunity to hear international film scholars talk about their recent work at the Liverpool Film Seminar – a collaborative venture between LJMU and the University of Liverpool.

Assessment and feedback

Over the three years, your assessment will consist of approximately 30% essays, 30% practical, 30% exams and 10% presentations.

We appreciate that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include coursework (essays, reviews, individual and group presentations, individual and group critical self-evaluation, logbooks, self-reflective group portfolios, research exercises, individual work-based learning reports and dissertations); exams (seen and unseen, plus class-tests) and group productions (pre-production portfolios, factual and fictional films).

Constructive feedback is vital in helping you to identify your strengths and areas where you may need to put in more work. We aim to provide this within 21 days of submission of a piece of work.

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
T: 0151 231 5175