Learn both film theory and film-making practice on our full-time Film Studies degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad, and get support to find placements and work experience. Prepare for a career in many film, arts and culture-related roles from production to journalism.
ARU Film Studies has helped me widen my cultural knowledge, gain deep theoretical understanding of the audio-visual arts and form my career goals.
I have since been working at several film festivals.
On our BA (Hons) Film Studies course, you’ll discover the history of global cinema from the avant-garde to Hollywood blockbusters. As well as learning the fundamental theories of film and how it both reflects and affects society, you’ll explore the language of film from the perspective of a film-maker 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 in video, animation or 16mm format. You’ll be trained in all aspects of the craft, including camera operation, sound recording and editing, receiving regular feedback on your work from tutors and fellow students.
As the course progresses, our optional modules will allow you to further explore your interests or specialise for a particular career, with subjects such as screenwriting and film journalism.
At the end of the course, you’ll put all your well-practised skills to the test in a final-year project that, once complete, will be screened at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. The best will also be selected for showing at the Cambridge Film Festival.
Throughout the course you’ll have opportunities to take part in extra-curricular events such as the Cambridge Film Festival, our Campus Cinema events and regular field trips (such as to the BFI and Tate modern), as well as attending guest lectures from key figures in the film industry. Our recent speakers have included Larry Sider and William Raban. You'll also find more opportunities by joining one of our film-related societies, such as Media: Next Move Arts and Film Viewing.
Your studies will be supported by our team of expert lecturers and a close community of students and alumni, fostered through our dedicated Facebook group. We also have a Facebook Group dedicated to helping you find work experience on film and video projects - ask your Course Leader for more details.
Course Leader: Neil Henderson
Our BA (Hons) Film Studies 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.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
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’ll also have the chance to undertake commission work and gain valuable experience in the film and creative industries through volunteering opportunities, including at the Cambridge Film Festival.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
Modules are subject to change and availability.
To reflect the practical nature of the course, you won’t take any written exams. Instead, you’ll show your learning through a portfolio of creative work (including short films and film scripts), film reviews, critical essays and oral presentations. You’ll also critically evaluate your creative work, presenting and defending your work in ‘crits’.
Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.
You’ll have access to the kind of equipment you can expect to work with in the professional media industry, including studios, HD cameras and 16mm film cameras, Final Cut Pro editing suites, Steenbecks for 16mm editing, animation rostrum cameras, and screening theatres. You can also take advantage of all our other creative industry facilities, and get full training from our technical officers.
We organise and attend many extra-curricular activities, including Film Festivals such as Cambridge and Watersprite, industry guest speakers and field trips. You’ll also be able to join student societies, such as the Film Viewing Society, the Anime and Manga Society and Media:Next Move Arts, which organise their own events.
You’ll take part in self-arranged work placements, and our career-focused modules will encourage you to reflect on what you have learned from them. Our previous students have undertaken placements and commissions with regional and local television, radio and newspapers, MTV, Cannes Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and Cambridge Film Festival, often as part of their assessed work. For many, this has led directly to a paid position with the company.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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