Combine film theory and media theory with practical skills including film-making, animation and digital publishing by studying our full-time Film Studies and Media Studies degree in Cambridge, ARU. Choose to study abroad for one semester, and get support to find placements and work experience. Prepare for a career in many film and media-related roles, including production, post-production and journalism.
Our BA (Hons) Film Studies and Media Studies will introduce you to the key issues of media and film in the 21st century. We will support you to work creatively and think critically, as you learn to analyse and discuss these subjects with confidence.
You’ll consider the impact of film and the media on society, including politics, youth culture and technology, and explore some of the skillsets crucial in today’s media, such as audio production and online publishing. Television studies will feature prominently throughout your studies. You’ll analyse and debate the latest theories and discover the impact of media on all our lives.
You’ll also learn the language of film from the perspective of a film-maker, and use this to make your own short films, with the chance to explore camera operation, sound recording and editing. Your work will be screened to both tutors and fellow students, allowing you to receive invaluable feedback.
If there is a particular career that you are working towards, or interests that you want to explore, you can specialise further on our optional modules, including subjects such as screenwriting and film journalism. You can also continue to practise your film-making, and create a project for screening at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse.
Throughout the course you’ll have the chance to take part in extra-curricular events such as the Cambridge Film Festival, as well as attend guest lectures from key figures in the film industry. Our recent speakers have included Larry Sider and William Raban.
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: Sarah Gibson Yates
Our BA (Hons) Film Studies and Media Studies will help you prepare for many film and media-related roles, including film and television production and post-production, film journalism, cinema and film festival management, film programming and curation, publishing, broadcasting, web design 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, Cannes Film Festival, CBBC, ITN, London Studios, MTV, New York Film Academy, Optimum Releasing, Sight & Sound and Zenith Productions.
These placements could form part of your assessed work and, for many previous students, have led directly to employment.
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.
Modules are subject to change and availability.
You’ll show your progress through many different methods that reflect the range of skills required by employers. Your assignments might include case studies, critical essays, screenplays, journals, film reviews and analyses, presentations, and a portfolio of practical work, as well as ‘hands on’ assignments such as internet, print and video production / commissions.
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 film and television studios, HD cameras and 16mm film cameras, Final Cut Pro editing suites, Steenbecks for 16mm editing, animation rostrum cameras, multimedia studios, screening theatres and radio suites. 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.
UK and EU students 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.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
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