Film Studies BA (Hons)

You will gain a strong theoretical understanding of film history and theory, and explore areas such as Disney, Warner Bros and the business of the Film Studio, Cinemas of the World and Fan and Material Cultures. You will also develop practical skills in diverse areas including film making, film reviewing, screen archives and film festival planning.

Course details

In an increasingly media-focused world, this course will develop your existing passion for film and TV into a prospective career, helping you acquire a skillset required for many technical and creative roles.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

De Mortfort University

Course overview

This course combines practice and theoretical study, giving you a strong theoretical understanding, as well as transferable skills such as communication and critical analysis. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, including film and TV, but also finance, public relations and tourism.

Learn in a real cinema environment thanks to our partnership with Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre, while benefiting from placement opportunities and the chance to organise and manage an annual film festival.

Select a route through this degree in Creative Writing, Drama, English Language, English Literature, History, Journalism or Media. These carefully chosen routes will complement and enrich your understanding of your main subject, alongside broadening your skillset to give you a wider range of career paths upon graduation.


Entry requirements

Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or

BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM

Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications include:

Pass in the QAA-accredited Access to HE course with at least 30 level 3 credits at Merit or equivalent, with English GCSE required as a separate qualification.

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

T Levels Merit


The course provides a broad grounding in film history, criticism, practice and industry skills. Students may pursue a variety of careers in the film and cultural industries.

Over the past five years, graduates have gone on to work for employers such as BBC Films, BBC Sport, Film4 and Odeon Entertainment. They’ve also gone on to work in roles as film and television production staff and researchers, writers for film news media, public relations writers and executives, film journalists, independent film-makers, camera people, and commercial managers.

Other students have gone on to work as teachers and academics, or pursued careers in PR, banking, finance and other fields. Film Studies is also ideal preparation for further study, with our postgraduate options including the International Film Production MA.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Block 1: Filmmaking 1 – Introduction to Moving Image Production
  • Block 2: Film History and Theory 1 – Foundations of Film Studies: Concepts, Analysis, Film History
  • Block 3: The Film Industry 1 – Disney, Warner Bros and the Business of the Film Studio OR you can select to study one route from the list below:
  • Media: Media, Culture and Society
  • Journalism: Understanding Journalism
  • English Language: Evolving Language
  • Creative Writing: Writers Salon
  • English Literature: Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
  • History: Global Cities
  • Drama: Shifting Stages
  • Block 4: Professional Practice 1 – Film Reviewing
  • Block 1: Film History and Theory 2 – Cinemas of the World: Concepts, Movements, Case Studies
  • Block 2: Filmmaking 2 – Moving Image Portfolio
  • Block 3: Professional Practice 2 – Screen Archives: Preservation, Conservation and Usage OR continue with the route selected in the first year:
  • Media: Public Relations
  • Journalism: Beyond News
  • English Language: Sociolinguistics
  • Creative Writing: Story Craft
  • English Literature: Digital Humanities
  • History: Humans and the Natural World
  • Drama: Theatre Revolutions
  • Block 4: The Film Industry 2 – Filmmakers
  • Block 1: Professional Practice 3 – Planning Film Festivals OR The Film Industry 3 – The Film Industry Now
  • Block 2: Professional Practice 4 – Delivering Film Festivals OR The Film Industry 4 – Fan and Material Cultures
  • Block 3: Filmmaking 3 – Independent Project: Idea Development and Pre-production OR Film History and Theory 3 – British Cinema: Creativity, Independents and Interdependence OR continue with the study route selected in the first and second year:
  • Media: Gender and TV Fictions
  • Journalism: Music, Film and Entertainment Journalism
  • English Language: Language, Gender and Sexuality
  • Creative Writing: Creative Misbehaviour
  • English Literature: World Englishes
  • History: The World on Display
  • Drama: Performance, Identity and Society
  • Block 4: Filmmaking 4 – Independent Project: Production and Delivery OR Film History and Theory 4 – Film Studies Dissertation