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BA (Hons) Film Studies *

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Three years full-time.

Six to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

* Subject to validation

Please note the start date is September 2019


The Film Studies course at the University of Suffolk will allow you to immerse yourself in the history, theories, and practices of film. Encompassing contemporary television, world cinema, representation and screenwriting, a broad range of modules offers historical context through to the contemporary debates surrounding digital film culture. 

A unique facet of this course is in its incorporation of a practical module, Digital Film Production. This will broaden and enrich your practical understanding of the genre through combining practice with theory.

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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)
Digital Film Production: Introduction (Mandatory)
The Hollywood Blockbuster (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 (Optional)
Adaptation and Interpretation (Mandatory)
Dissertation (Mandatory)
The Emergence of Special Effects (Optional)
Comedy Studies (Optional)
The Business of Film and Television (Mandatory
Film, TV and New Digital Platforms (Optional)
Point of View and Alternative Structure in Film (Optional)
Middle Eastern Cinema (Optional)

Career opportunities

You will develop a wide variety of transferable skills on the degree, including film criticism and film exhibition management critical thinking, analytical and evaluative skills, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and research, communications and self-management skills.

Graduates are well-prepared to enter careers, marketing and public relations, advertising, arts administration in addition to a range of post graduate 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

Academic Requirements

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Also see How to Apply.

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

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.