Tell your story with our hands-on Film degree
Explore the stories that matter to you with our London-based Film degree. You will explore theoretical, practical, and industry perspectives, covering subjects like:
- film theory
- film production
- the media and society
- world cinema
- animation studies
- documentary making
- horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.
With a wide variety of modules, you can focus on the areas that interest you the most.
Learn in the capital
We are only 30 minutes from central London. Therefore, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore London’s diverse film industry. We’re also only a stone’s throw away from world-leading studios, such as:
Expert teaching and support
Your BA Film teachers are international experts within film, television, and popular culture. They are also here to support you. Our student, Charlotte, tells us that their lecturers “were on hand whenever [they] needed them” and had a “huge impact” on their success.
Work placements: build professional experience
During your film course, you can complete a paid work placement to gain contacts and experience in:
- the media industries
- scriptwriting and development
- film criticism
- media production
- digital media
- content creation.
About the Placement Year
A placement year enables you to undertake a year of experience in an organisation between your second and final year.
It will enable you to:
- apply the knowledge and skills you gain from your course in a work setting
- build your commercial awareness and insights into organisations and industries you might want to work in
- develop your professional skills through company training, networking skills and confidence in the workplace
- get some great experience for future job applications or even land a graduate job.
Support from St Mary’s every step of the way
Securing a placement can really help you develop your job search skills and the Employability Service placement and Careers Teams can support you to find and apply for available opportunities.
Please note: in the event that you cannot secure a placement you will be able to transfer onto the three year version of your degree programme.
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The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25.
Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.
80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A level (or equivalent).
We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).
For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.
Fees & funding
(£1200 during placement year)
*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.
Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.
Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.
Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.
For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage.
Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .
How the degree is taught
Contact time - 55%
Independent study - 45%
*Contact time includes 35% of guided learning
You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.
We place a strong emphasis on developing skills that will be essential in the work place and further study. Most courses are taught through lectures, workshops, practical exercises, screenings, field trips and small group discussions, with an emphasis on developing your communication skills and the ability to express your ideas with confidence.
You will also be taught by both academic specialists and industry professionals. We offer exciting study trips and opportunities for work experience in the media and creative industries.
Most classes range from around 15 to 40 students. Seminars will have a maximum of around 20 students.
We assess your work in a variety of ways. These usually include essays, portfolios of work, research reports and blogs. We also assess group work including presentations, films and other practical projects.
We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.
With our Film degree, you will develop critical transferrable skills like communication, teamwork, and creative problem-solving.
Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of undefined include:
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