Associate Degree Film Studies: London to Los Angeles

Richmond, The American International University in London is offering a unique transitional opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Media. This exciting opportunity will allow students to move from London to Los Angeles, the global hubs for all things related to film, television and media.

The programme is designed for individuals who have a passion for the film, television and visual media industry. It is also a suitable programme for those who want to develop a broad foundation of knowledge regarding film, filmmaking, television and visual media while also immersed in the an international setting that is at the centre of this industry.

The programme focuses on not only the historical, critical and theoretical approaches regarding the study of film but also the practical approaches. Real-world learning is vital in an industry such as this and this programme aims to equip students with actual opportunities to get hands-on experience. The aim of this programme is to help students explore all aspects of the film and filmmaking industry, thereby arming them with the confidence, knowledge and expertise to tackle the real-world and pursue careers as filmmakers, directors, writers, casting directors and executive producers.

Programme Structure
Unlike other programmes available, this programme sets itself apart because it takes place in two of the world’s film capitals, London and Los Angeles. The programme structure is as follows:

The first part of the degree will take place at Richmond, the American International University in London. This portion of the degree should generally take two years to complete. However, this portion of study can also take as little as one year depending on fundamental testing results and/or transfer credits. The successful completion of the course of study at Richmond will result in the equivalent of an American Associate Degree, which is an internationally recognized degree.

Following the successful completion at Richmond the second part of this programme will take place at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California. Successful completion of the Associate Degree in Film Studies at Richmond ensures that students may transfer to MSMU with maximum credit which will go toward students being awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Media from MSMU.

This programme allows students to study two years in London then guarantees study for two years in Los Angeles. At the end of this programme students will have studied in the historic and dynamic city of London and in the heart of the film and entertainment industry all the while getting two internationally recognized degrees.

All Richmond students, whether domestic (UK and EU), US, or other international, who are admitted to MSMU under this Agreement, shall be awarded automatically a MSMU scholarship. The scholarship will make the tuition rate at MSMU equivalent, in US dollars, to the published tuition rate charged to the student by Richmond at the time of her/his entry into the AA Film Studies program.

Undergraduate Prospectus

Richmond University – London

Richmond University

Students begin their study at Richmond for 1 or 2 years (depending on fundamental testing results and/or transfer classes). In London, one of the globe’s cultural capitals, they develop a broad understanding of film production, media consumption, cultural institutions and practises, and the latest developments in moving image technology while earning an Associate Degree in Film Studies.

Associate Degree in Film Studies Requirements

Year 1 (30 US credits)

ADM 3160           Foundations in Photography

COM 3100           Foundations of Mass Media and Communications

DEV 3100             Development and Culture: Representations in Film & Literature

                                                + 7 Core requirements

Year 2 (30 US credits)

AVC 4205             Introduction to Visual Culture                   

FLM 4200             Introduction to Film Studies                       

FLM 4205             Film in the Americas                                       

FLM 4210             Introduction to Film Making                      

GEP 4180             Research and Writing II                                

                                                + 5 additional electives                                 

                 Total transferable US credits:  60

Mount St Mary’s University – Los Angeles

Mount St Mary’s University

Transfer students to the Bachelor’s Degree program at Mount Saint Mary’s University focus on more practical film making skills at its facility on the historic Sunset Gower Studios. The site, home to some of America’s most successful movie and television productions, is located just minutes, by foot, from Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame. There, students gain experience in the development, production, and post-production of cinematic storytelling – both narrative and documental – through small classes, hands-on instruction, and one-on-one mentoring on a active studio lot.

Students can specialise in such areas as photography, documentary, producing, screenwriting, cinematography. acting and more. As both an Avid Learning Partner and Black Magic Design educational partner, MSMU enables them to learn and certify in the leading industry software, including Media Composer, ProTools and DaVinci Resolve.

Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Requirements

Major Courses (27 US Credits)

FLM 137A            Screenwriting A

FLM 140A            Editing 1: AVID 101

FLM 143A            Post-Production Audio 1

FLM 144A            Digital Cinematography

FLM 198              Senior Capstone

FLM 193A Production Workshop


  • FLM 197A Internship

                                + 3 additional Film electives

Core and Elective Courses (40 US Credits)

Minimum US credits to be completed at MSMU:  64

Minimum US credits required for the BA degree:  124 (60 in London + 64 in Los Angeles)

Find out more details about this program on the Mount St Marys University website.