Prepare for a career in many film and cinema-related roles, including film production or post-production, journalism, screenwriting, programming and curation, festival management and public relations on our BA (Hons) Film degree in Cambridge.
"I was always very interested in the visual world. Studying film was the perfect way to combine a passion for photography with movement and sound."
BA (Hons) Film StudiesCatarina's ARU experience
Learn film theories, film histories and film-making practices by studying a full-time BA (Hons) Film degree at ARU.
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.
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.
As the course progresses, our optional modules allow you to further explore your interests or specialise for a particular career, with avenues that also include screenwriting and film journalism.
Throughout your BA (Hons) Film degree, you’ll be supported by our team of expert lecturers and a close-knit community of students and graduates.
There are opportunities to show your films at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and work with a range of external partners. Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry.
Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies such as the BBC, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Film & Video Umbrella, Cannes Film Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Take One magazine, Watersprite Film Festival, CBBC, ITN Productions, London Studios, MTV, New York Film Academy, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK (formerly Optimum Releasing) and Sight & Sound magazine. You can also take an optional placement year.
What’s more, you can choose to study abroad as part of your course and get funding to cover the cost.
The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, and Film & Screen Studies research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
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ARU Spotlight podcast
International student Michael talks about moving to study in the UK, and how the course has helped his confidence as a writer and filmmaker.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Michael Bruce
ARU Spotlight Podcast
Screenwriting Lecturer Toby talks about his creative work, including BAFTA-winning Netflix horror film ‘His House’.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Toby Venables
ARU Spotlight Podcast
Alumnus Megan talks about how studying creative writing helped her career in marketing, and grew her confidence in sharing her writing.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Megan Herdson
A film by Tom Goodridge (BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies), Matt Cairns (BA (Hons) Film Studies) and Harry Pull (BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies)
A film by students Julia Kozuszna (BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies) and Jorvan White (BA (Hons) Writing and Film Studies)
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As part of your studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative industries facilities including:
Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:
Throughout the course you’ll benefit from extra-curricular events such as:
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Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.
Associate Professor in Film and Media Course Leader, BA (Hons) Film
Course Leader; Senior Lecturer
Deputy Head, Film and Media
Associate Professor of Media and Culture; Research Convenor in Film and Media
Professor of Film and Feminist Media Studies
Associate Professor, Film and Media
Senior Lecturer, Media Studies
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 might also decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our MA Film and Television Production. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
We’re an official Blackmagic Design training partner, which means you can get certification in their DaVinci Resolve video editing software.
Our links with local and national organisation will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies including the BBC, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK, Sight and Sound magazine, and Watersprite Film Festival.
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This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.More about foundation years
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