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BA (Hons) Film Studies *

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Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2020 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

* Subject to validation

Next available intake is September 2020.


As a Film Studies undergraduate at the University of Suffolk you will be able to immerse yourself in the historical, socio-cultural, political, generic and aesthetic study of film. You can choose from a wide variety of modules including the Hollywood Blockbuster, History of Animation, Adaptation and Interpretation, Cinema of Excess, Contemporary Television and World, British and Asian Cinema. The range of topics covered allows students to engage in debates surrounding global, cult, niche and new digital film culture.

We pride ourselves on our small class sizes and supportive learning and teaching environment. You will be encouraged and supported by your tutors during classes and regular tutorials, and be part of a close-knit community of film-based students. Our thought-provoking and engaging learning environment enables students to develop the confidence and wide variety of skills, including critical thinking, analytical and evaluative skills, the ability of to work independently and collaboratively, and research, communication and self-managements skills, all of which prepare students for a wide variety of professional careers.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Film Studies One: Analysis and Issues (Mandatory)
Film Studies Two: Film History (Mandatory)
Film Narrative (Mandatory)
Writing for Film: Academic Study Skills (Mandatory)
The Hollywood Blockbuster: Spielberg to Superheroes (Mandatory)
Film Genre (Mandatory)
World Cinema (Mandatory)
Contemporary Television (Optional)
Researching Film: Theories and Methods (Mandatory)
The Documentary Film (Mandatory)
Avant-garde and Experimental Film (Mandatory)
History of Animation: From Mickey to Miyazaki (Optional)
Adaptation and Interpretation (Mandatory)
Dissertation (Mandatory)
Animation in the East: Anime and Agit-prop (Optional)
Asian Cinema (Optional)
Television Dramatists (Optional)
Cinema of Excess (Optional)
Point of View and the Child in Film (Optional)
Not Going to the Cinema?: Film, TV and New Digital Platforms (Optional)
Sound in the Cinema (Optional)

Career opportunities

Graduates are well-prepared to enter careers in media and broadcast, marketing and public relations, advertising, film criticism, teaching and education, arts administration in addition to a range of postgraduate and vocational study opportunities.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £13,330 p.a.

Further Information                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Next available intake is September 2020.

Academic Requirements

2020 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Also see How to Apply.

Non-Academic Requirements

Applicants may be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process. 

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.     

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Senior Lecturer in Film

Senior Lecturer in Digital Film Production

Lecturer in Digital Film Production

Lecturer in Film

Lecturer in Film

Facilities and Resources

University of Suffolk provides a range of facilities spanning both practical digital production and lecture theatres for screenings, lectures and seminars. Our library holds a wide range of monographs, journals and DVD’s to support students studies and is regularly updated.  In addition to these physical resources it provides access to an extensive database of texts and e-journals.