BA Degree in Film Studies
The BA degree in Film Studies aims to be a vibrant, cross-disciplinary programme that focuses upon historical, critical, theoretical, and practical approaches to the study of film.
It prepares students to work within the technologically driven, global, media revolution of the 21st Century, helping students to develop as leaders in their careers and communities. Through a close analysis of particular national and international examples, and with a specialist emphasis on intercultural themes, the degree examines the historical, political, artistic, technological and cultural aspects that go into cinema production.
A strong technical and practical element of the degree complements the theoretical component, with classes on topics such as video production, acting and screen writing, and documentary film production. Its elective courses allow students to develop a global awareness of film and related media within the framework of the liberal arts tradition.
- Learn to study, analyse and produce film.
- Discuss critically the role that film plays in society.
- Explore the different genres in film from Documentary to Fantasy.
- Experience using a variety of different media including film and new media.
- Write your own screenplay or produce a short film in your final year.
- Gain vital work experience in the marketplace with an international internship.
Lower Division Requirements
QCF Level 3 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
FHEQ Level 4 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
Upper Division Requirements
FHEQ Level 5 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
FHEQ Level 6 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
Career paths for Film Studies graduates
- Film criticism
- Writing for film
- Film production
Where do Richmond’s Film Studies graduates go?*
This is a recent programme and the first cohort has not yet completed, but graduates from the School of Communications, Arts & Social Sciences have progressed to:
In the workplace
- Al Jazeera
- Boston Ballet
- NBC News
- Vogue Magazine
- College of Law
- London College of Fashion
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- Monterey Institute of International Studies
- Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
* Figures and information supplied by the Department of Alumni Relations
How Will I be Assessed?
The teaching and learning strategy adopted within the degree programmes based in the School of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences is based on the understanding that all students will be treated as active learners. Clearly, the precise approach will vary from course to course, depending on the learning outcomes relevant to each class.
The more generic components of our teaching and learning strategy normally involves a variety of approaches and include delivering many of the following:
- Regular use of formal lecture sessions in most courses.
- Regular use of individual and/or team-based projects in many courses.
- Use of audio-visual and library resources in many courses.
- Use of computer laboratory and/or Centre for New Media to learn and apply analytical and/or creative/professional techniques.
- Occasional workshops and seminars in some courses.
- Student presentations in some courses.
- Regular use of tutor- and student-led discussion groups via e-learning platforms such as PowerCAMPUS in some courses
- Regular use of self-directed and directed reading in all courses.
Students pursuing degrees in any one of the academic areas in the School of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences are assessed through their ability to absorb material delivered in the classroom as well as through their ability carry out independent research. There are also a variety of project-based courses in the upper division within which students work in teams. Students are also assessed though a variety of methods, including tests, project briefs and term-papers. Most courses further assess students through the use of end of term exams.
All of our classes follow a University-defined set of Assessment Norms. The purpose here is to ensure equity and fairness for all students.
I study on this programme:
I chose Richmond because of its Liberal Arts education as well as its accreditation in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
As a BA Film Studies Major, I get to focus on a field that I have been intrigued by ever since I was a child, in one of the world’s most exciting cities. I also have the opportunity of being taught by experienced professors who have worked in the film industry first hand, as well as to learn about the inner-workings and history of film itself.
The opportunities my department (as well as London) offers me is incredible. Currently, I am interning for the UK Film Festival, thanks to a Richmond alum and professor- that is one of the greatest things about Richmond, the connections and associations it offers, not to mention how helpful the faculty are.
I am very happy with my decision to attend this University. And I would encourage any prospective students to come to apply.
Faculty who teach on this programme:
BA Degree in Film Studies is currently validated by The Open University.