BA (Hons) Film Studies

Film Studies at Winchester examines film from mainstream filmmaking to various alternative practices, covering fiction and documentary traditions, and thematic studies. It includes American, European and global perspectives on film and film culture, whilst investigating the subject of 'film' historically, culturally and in terms of its industrial and institutional determination. Students may also undertake practical film work in digital production and screenwriting.

BA (Hons) Film Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS code: P303

Entry Requirements

Typical offer: 

2017 Entry: 96-112 points

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

25 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250*** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750*** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600*** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800*** (3 years)

For further details click here

Additional Costs:


  • Core texts: In their first year, students are asked to purchase copies of John Hill & Pamela Church Gibson (eds) The Oxford Guide to Film Studies, OUP 1998 and David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson, Film Art: an Introduction, McGraw-Hill, 1993, 97, 2004, 06, 10, 12, 16. Cost approximately £70.00. 


  • Overseas trip: Students will have the option to attend an overseas Film Festival in each year of study. Cost approximately £375. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA; Asia (Japan)

Work experience/field trips:

Students have the opportunity to take part in field trips and gain work experience through volunteering.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


Students have ample opportunities to undertake practical film work.

Student satisfaction:

Students on the course have commented positively on their experience. Comments taken from module evaluations (2014-15) across all year groups express overall satisfaction. Our students have also expressed outstanding levels of satisfaction in the way staff explain things and the way that staff make the subject interesting. Comments noted that:

  • 'teaching and subject matter were outstanding and really enjoyable'
  • 'discussion in both lecture and seminar was thought-provoking, engaging and helpful'

 Also highly commended were:

  • 'good and in-depth lectures that gave a thorough insight into each topic'
  • 'teaching and tutorials were very useful'
  • 'valuable formal and informal feedback'

Students have also expressed a strong sense of personal development.

96% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course (

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

**Subject to revalidation

'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

***If you are starting your degree in September 2017, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 (Home and EU), £34,800 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

The programme is built on the acquisition of key skills and relevant subject knowledge through a wide range of modules, including some that are practically orientated to provide an alternative but complementary means of exploring critical and theoretical issues.

Year 1 is foundational and involves core modules that introduce students to ideas and ways of working to enable them to build on students' prior learning and begin to develop an understanding of the diversity of film studies and cinema.

Study during Year 2 is more specialised and there are some core modules that focus study on theoretical and research skills. However, the majority of study in Years 2 and 3 involves optional modules that allow students to focus their study on areas that interest them. Year 3 offers greater scope for more in-depth study and further specialisation. With the exception of the Dissertation, module choices during the final year are entirely optional.

Within this structure of options, students may specialise in particular areas of film or choose to take modules that reflect the wide range of film forms and traditions that exist. For example, students may specialise in theoretical studies of film or focus on the development of national cinemas. There are also modules in practical film techniques and skills.

Developing a critical and analytical engagement in the academic study of film, both as a single subject and with an awareness of its convergence with other subject areas and within the developing creative industries sector, is fundamental to the programme. Students are equipped with the skills and abilities that enable long-term professional development and career aspirations, and a high level of criticality with respect to information and its use.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Reading Film
  • Film Criticism
  • Key Concepts in Media and Communication
  • Media Skills 1
  • Film Narrative
  • Film Form, History and Culture 
  • Understanding Horror Film

Optional modules 

  • Media in the 21st Century
  • Media Skills 2 

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Approaches to Film
  • Researching Film Studies

Optional modules:

  • Contemporary European Cinema
  • Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • Music and Film
  • Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • Cinema, Politics and Society
  • Screenwriting
  • British Cinema - Comedy, Realism and the Imaginary 
  • B-Movies
  • Volunteering for Film Studies
  • Gangster and Crime Film
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • The American Film Western
  • Film Cultures and Globalization 
  • Creative Film Practice 

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Film Studies Dissertation (Extended Independent Study)

Optional modules:

  • Authorship and Film
  • Stars
  • Documentary and Non-Fiction Film
  • Film and the City
  • National Cinemas 1
  • Melodrama and Film
  • Animation
  • Cult Film and Art Cinema
  • Discontent Down Under - Gender, Race, Change and Loss in Australian Cinema
  • Killer Films
  • Film and Reality: Modernity, Modernism and Postmodernism 
  • African Cinema 1955-95
  • Gothic Film 
  • Production Project 1 and 2
  • Identity and Contemporary American Film
  • Fantasy, Desire and Sexuality
  • The Male Body, Masculinity and the Media
  • The Zombie Apocalypse! The Rise of Zombies in Popular 

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right-hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

The University aims to develop students as 'confident learners' by enabling them to acquire the knowledge and skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the field of employment. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e.. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services available to students within the University.

Programme Leader

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library 

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates have entered careers in the film and film-related industries. Other students have entered professions in the creative industries including advertising, media and teaching.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

For more information about graduate employment for the School of Media and Film department

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

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