Film - BA (Hons)

As a student at ARU, you’ll discover the history of global cinema and study a range of films from the avant-garde to Hollywood blockbusters. As well as learning the fundamental theories of film and how cinema reflects and affects society, you’ll explore the language of film from the perspective of a filmmaker and start to think critically about your creative work.

Course details

Learn film theories, film histories and film-making practices by studying a full-time BA (Hons) Film degree at ARU.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

This will be key in the practical side of the course: making your own explorative short films using a various approaches and technologies, including 16mm film. You’ll be trained in all aspects of the craft, including camera operation, sound recording and editing.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


Our BA (Hons) Film degree will help you prepare for a career in many film and cinema-related roles, including film and television production or post-production, journalism, screenwriting, programming and curation, festival management and public relations.


You won’t take any written exams. Instead, you’ll show your learning through a portfolio of creative work (including short films and film scripts), film reviews, critical essays and oral presentations. You’ll also critically evaluate your creative work, presenting and defending your work in ‘crits’.

  • Film Language and Concepts
  • Creative Moving Image
  • Screenwriting: The Short Film
  • History of Global Cinema

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Filmmaking: Super 8mm
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Theorising Spectatorship
  • Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • Cinema and Sound
  • Documentary Film Theory
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Independent Cinema: US and Beyond
  • 16mm Filmmaking
  • Non-Fiction Filmmaking
  • Film Criticism and Reviewing
  • From Script to Screen
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Major Project
  • Major Project in Film Practice
  • Special Topics in Film Studies
  • Gender and Popular Cinema

Optional modules

  • Screenwriting: Writing and Selling the Feature Film
  • Narrative in Global Cinema
  • Professional Practice in Film
  • Experiments in Film and Moving Image
  • Film Journalism
  • Avant-Garde Cinema
  • Anglia Language Programme