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  • Develop as a critical film scholar and a gain a practical grounding for careers in TV, film and media
  • Enjoy the freedom to study your favourite genres and periods of cinema while discovering lots of new forms, faces and fields within film
  • Watch a lot of terrific films – and discuss and debate them at lively, interactive seminars
  • Benefit from the input of our diverse community of students from all corners of the globe
  • Take advantage of outstanding industry-standard facilities to learn practical film techniques and skills at our on-campus Multimedia Centre

Whether you’re passionate about zombie movies, Hollywood blockbusters, or art-house French classics, our Film Studies degree provides you with the intellectual rigour to analyse all types of film from a number of different perspectives.

Over three years, you spend a lot of time watching and discussing films from different periods, countries and genres. By engaging critically with film texts, you learn to deepen your understanding of narrative structure, technique and aesthetics, as well as your appreciation of how filmmakers choose to represent class, race and sexuality on screen.

At Winchester we understand that your perception of film becomes deeper when you bring in perspectives from other disciplines, including politics, philosophy, history, gender and race studies. You study the different histories and styles found in the US, British, European and global industries and there’s an opportunity to undertake practical film work in digital production and screenwriting.

You are taught by a team of film specialists and industry professionals with different backgrounds, whose diverse research expertise is reflected in the breadth and scope of the curriculum.

Year 1 covers core modules, which include Film Narrative, Film Criticism and Reading Film, as well as opportunities to learn media skills.

Study during Year 2 is more specialised and focuses 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 2 optional modules may include Contemporary European Cinema, British Cinema, Gangster and Crime Film, Classical Hollywood Cinema and Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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 – you may take courses in Animation, Cult Film and Art Cinema, Identity and Contemporary American Film and Film and the City.

Open 24 hours a day, our Multimedia Centre offers outstanding industry-standard facilities including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, a computerised radio studio, and facilities for multi-track audio recording. A wide range of equipment is available and the Centre is an Apple Certified Training Centre.

You graduate as a well-informed critical thinker who understands the cross-cultural diversity of the contemporary world. The Winchester course in Film Studies has an excellent employment record and graduates commonly find work in film and television-related industries, creative industries, advertising, media and teaching.


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.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey). 

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

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

Study abroad (optional):

Our BA (Hons) Film Studies course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) and Japan

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 324 hours
  • Independent learning: 876 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
  • Independent learning: 888 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 


King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester


Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 74% coursework
  • 16% written exams
  • 10% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 91% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 9% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 87% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 13% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

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


2018 Entry: 96-112 points

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

International Baccalaureate: 25 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Understanding Horror Film 15

This module will focus on the horror film to explore the flexibility of the genre and how it has adapted to industrial, social, political and cultural change. Charting the genre from the 1930s to contemporary horror cinema and across different national cinema traditions, the module will act as a case study of film history through a focused study of a specific area that will exemplify and develop the approach of the Film Form, History and Culture module, while also considering the importance of social and cultural context through exploration of the horrific ‘other’, the uncanny, ideology and genre, the body and body horror and representations of gender, sexuality and ethnicity.

Film Form, History and Culture 15

The module will introduce students to various histories of cinema and the ways that cinema history can be constructed. Through an exploration of a range of national and international cinema movements and styles, students will examine the significance of cultural and historical contexts and their relationship to film texts. Key factors, including economic, social, cultural, political and geographical influences, will be analysed to explore significant moments of film history such as pre-cinema, German Expressionism, the Hollywood studio system, Post-Classical Hollywood, ‘Third Cinema’, the French New Wave and Dogme 95.

Film Narrative 15

This module will build upon knowledge of filmic procedures acquired in Semester 1 by extending analytical skills in relation to the operation of film narrative. A number of narratological models will be introduced, explored and tested against a range of films. The textual focus of the module is historical rather than contemporary, and different narrative forms examined will include early and silent cinema, classical Hollywood narrative, German Expressionist cinema, Soviet montage cinema and post-World War II European art cinema.

Media Skills 1 15

This module introduces and builds on various skills required for the production of media. There is an emphasis on the interrelationship between different media forms and their production.

Students are taken through both an analysis and practical execution of the key media production skills, which may include sound, camera, editing and lighting. Each area studied is tested through an assessed group mini project.

Key Concepts in Media and Communication 15

This module introduces the main concepts, themes and theories that are deployed to study media and communication in contemporary society. The module will provide you with opportunities to learn and apply a set of key concepts that are central to the analysis of media including journalism, advertising, audio media and social media. While it does not assume that you have studied media before, it will involve the application of these concepts to contemporary issues and developments in ways that will be new and stimulating for students who may have undertaken the study of the media in courses before coming to university.

Key concepts include production, consumption, representation, identity, power and control, ‘new’ and ‘old’ media, signs, genre, audience and regulation. The focus will be upon the application of these key concepts in the analysis of contemporary media.


Film Criticism 15

This module introduces students to the academic study of film through the analysis of mainstream contemporary cinema. Certain concepts, theories and critical paradigms central to Film Studies will be outlined. These will include notions relating to genre and to star study, the debates attending film authorship and critical and theoretical work that draws upon psychoanalysis and feminism. Students will in addition be introduced to the concepts of semiotics and ideology, and to matters pertaining to spectatorship and audience reception.

Reading Film 15

Running parallel to the theoretical strand, Film Criticism, and focusing on contemporary mainstream films, the module will offer an introduction to the basic procedures for reading film, writing about film and the terminology most widely used in film analysis. Methods of close textual analysis will be explored, foregrounding major filmic devices, or procedures, such as mise-en-scène, editing, sound and narrative. The module will help students explore and evaluate ways in which these devices contribute to meaning.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Media  in the Twenty First Century 15 Credits

Media Skills 2 15 Credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Researching Film Studies 15

The module centres upon the independent research of primary and secondary sources that is an essential part of the successful undergraduate study of film, and through this enables students to pursue their own areas of study. The module correspondingly provides preparation for the Extended Independent Study (Dissertation) that Single Honours students undertake as a compulsory component of their studies in Year 3. Students will engage with research techniques and further develop their critical and theoretical understanding while working on a 3000-word research project on an area of film of their own choice. Each year the module will have, as a way of focusing discussion, a thematic nucleus, which might comprise the consideration of, for example, a particular national cinema, filmmaking within a particular decade, a particular genre or the work of a particular filmmaker.

Approaches to Film 15

The module introduces and critically examines various, and variously influential, attempts to theorise the reciprocal concepts of ‘film’ and ‘cinema’. Building upon work undertaken in Year 1, the module seeks both to provide a conceptual understanding necessary for the honours level study of film and to develop further an historically attuned, theoretically informed critical practice.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Contemporary European Cinema 15 Credits

Classical Hollywood Cinema 15 Credits

Music and Film 15 Credits

Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema 15 Credits

Cinema, Politics and Society 15 Credits

Screenwriting 15 Credits

British Cinema - Comedy, Realism and the Imaginary 15 Credits

B-Movies 15 Credits

Volunteering for Film Studies 15 Credits

Gangster and Crime Film 15 Credits

Science Fiction and Fantasy 15 Credits

The American Film Western 15 Credits

Film Cultures and Globalization 15 Credits

Creative Film Practice 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Film Studies Dissertation (Extended Independent Study) 30

The dissertation is a piece of written work of 8-10,000 words. It offers students the opportunity to undertake a sustained and detailed investigation of some area of film and to utilise and develop further a range of research skills and techniques previously introduced and developed on the BA (Hons) Film Studies programme. Subject areas and titles are determined through negotiation with a designated supervisor with whom the student will have regular tutorials to discuss and check the progress of the project.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Authorship and Film 15 Credits

Stars 15 Credits

Documentary and Non-Fiction Film 15 Credits

Film and the City 15 Credits

National Cinemas 1 15 Credits

Melodrama and Film 15 Credits

Animation 15 Credits

Cult Film and Art Cinema 15 Credits

Discontent Down Under - Gender, Race, Change and Loss in Australian Cinema 15 Credits

Killer Films 15 Credits

Film and Reality: Modernity, Modernism and Postmodernism 15 Credits

African Cinema 1955-95 15 Credits

Gothic Film 15 Credits

Production Project 1 15 Credits

Production Project 1 15 Credits

Identity and Contemporary American Film 15 Credits

Fantasy, Desire and Sexuality 15 Credits

The Male Body, Masculinity and the Media 15 Credits

The Zombie Apocalypse! The Rise of Zombies in Popular 15 Credits

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.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, 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 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


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


  • 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.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester