Film Studies BA

At Leicester you will explore the history, theory and art of film – the most universal of all the popular arts. During your time with us you will gain a thorough grounding in the history of cinema as a social practice and an understanding of a wide range of different national and transnational cinemas, film cultures, styles and genres. You will also look beyond the screen to learn about the process of making films – including making your own film – and to understand the role that film plays in society and culture.

Course details

For the film buffs with an eye for the critical. In this degree, you’ll learn how to analyse, talk about and appreciate films. You’ll also look at the role cinema plays in different societies and cultures, and its lasting impact on the modern world.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

Our Film Studies BA provides you with the necessary skills to critically analyse film. You will gain an understanding of how directors and producers approach their work, how critics and other audiences consume film and give voice to their opinions, and of the place of cinema within different social, cultural, historical and industrial contexts.

Leicester is ranked among the top 15 places in the UK for Film Studies*. We offer an exciting and wide-ranging approach to the study of film, television and other visual arts. You will study filmmaking from the silent era to the twenty-first century, from Hollywood to the avant-garde, and different national and transnational cinemas.


Entry requirements

A/AS-levels: BBB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted

EPQ with A-levels: BBC + EPQ at grade B

Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 24 of which must be at distinction

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points

BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM

T Levels: Merit in Management and Administration


Our curriculum includes employability and practical modules such as ‘Film and Art: Academic Study and the Workplace’, ‘Film Production’ and ‘Film and Art Journalism’.

Our graduates have found work with companies such as:

British Board of Film Clasification
Sky Cinema
Phoenix Cinema
Leicester Neulion
CBRE Group


At the very beginning of your course you’ll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

  • American Film and Visual Culture (double module)
  • Film and Art: Academic Study and the Workplace
  • Introduction to Film History 1
  • Introduction to Film History 2
  • Reading Film
  • Reading Television
  • Critical Perspectives 1
  • Documentary Film and Television
  • Film Production
  • Film, Reception and Consumption
  • Researching World Cinemas
  • Independent Research Project
  • Dissertation

Option modules

Choose 2 option modules from:

  • New Chinese Cinemas
  • Contemporary European Cinema
  • Norms and Margins in French Cinema
  • Containment and Resistance in 1950s and 1960s American Film
  • The Cinema of Luis Buñuel

Then choose 2 option modules from:

  • Contemporary Hollywood
  • Hitchcock and Film History
  • Post-war Italian Directors
  • Cinematic Representations of Latin America
  • Weird Fiction/ Weird Film
  • Women in Cinema
  • Stardom and Identities in Chinese and American Cinemas
  • Film and Art Journalism
  • British Popular Culture Since 1945