• Tuition Fee

    £9,250.00 (UK/EU)

    £14,500.00 (INT)

    $38,000.00 (US)

  • Duration

    3 Years (Full-time)

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA

    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

Richmond University is the only University to award a U.S. and U.K. three year liberal arts degree, based on the U.S. model, in the world. Through these programmes, students get all of the advantages of a liberal arts education in just three years. The ‘Degree in Three’ will provide a comprehensive collection of courses that will provide students with a cross-disciplinary education. Students will have five classes each semester with one extra elective course in either their second or third year. Students will also still be able to undertake an internship or participate in a study abroad programme as part of this programme. All degrees programmes fulfill the same credit hours and overall requirements of a four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Value
Students will have high contact hours with academics and complete their liberal arts degree in only three years. These advantages combined with generous scholarships are a fantastic return on investment for those who strive to assemble a broad foundation of knowledge in multiple disciplines that can be used in a wide spectrum of careers.

The Film Studies degree is a vibrant, cross-disciplinary programme that focuses upon historical, critical and theoretical approaches to the study of film, including television and new media.

Through a close analysis of certain national and international examples, and with a specialist emphasis on the history of film, third world/postcolonial cinema and particular themes (including gender, horror, fantasy and science fiction), the degree examines the historical, political, artistic 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. Thus the degree provides an interdisciplinary and multimedia approach, imparting a theoretical knowledge with strong elements of practical training. Its elective courses allow students to develop a global awareness of film and related media within the framework of the liberal arts tradition.

A minor in Media Production may add depth to your major of choice.

5 Reasons to Study Film Studies

  • Learn to analyse and produce film while developing a strong understanding of the theory and practice of the film industry and its various functions such as: screenwriting, film production, editing, etc
  • A cross disciplinary programme that combines areas of study in the Humanities
  • Senior students have the opportunity to collaborate on research and co-write papers with professors as well as writing your own screenplay or producing a short film
  • Partake in film projects that cover different genres in film from Documentary to Fantasy and can be added to a professional or personal portfolio for future employment opportunities
  • Gain vital work experience that is desirable to employers in the film industry by partaking in an integrated international internship
  • After you graduate

    Career Paths
    Vogue Magazine, NBC News, Al Jazeera, Boston Ballet, Christies

    Further Education
    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

    Career paths for Film Studies graduates
    Film production, Directing, Screenwriting, Journalism, Teaching, Media, Communications

  • Career Support

    We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

Modules breakdown




Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Foundations of Mass Media and Communications

Film in the Americas

Senior Seminar I

Development and Culture

Introduction to Film Making

Transitional Cinema

Foundations of Photography

Cultural Theory

Advanced Digital Video

Research & Writing I

Mainstream Cinema

Documentary Theory and Production

Creative Expression


International Cinema

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Intro to Film Studies

Video Production

Senior Seminar II

Intro to Visual Culture

Elective (theoretical)

From Script to Screen

Scientific Reasoning

Elective (practical)


Quantitative Reasoning

Elective (practical)


Research & Writing II


Elective OR Internship

Entry Requirements

A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*

*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)

IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in each Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
TOEFL (IBT) 80+ overall with: Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17, Speaking 20
Petersons Test of English (PTE) 51
Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

How to apply

You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond One Line Application. In order to submit your application you will need the following information

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be emailed as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • An electronic copy of your in process or completed high school (secondary school) transcript and graduation certificate

When to apply

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. In this case you will be offered a place that is conditional on successfully completing a specified qualification and English language qualification if applicable. If you would like your application to be considered for a Richmond bursary, an early application is strongly recommended

Application process

Admission is by interview unless you live outside the UK when we may interview you via Skype or by telephone. We may also determine your suitability on the basis of their application and qualifications alone. Find out more about applying.

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Graduates from this programme are eligible to receive a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Award in Strategic Management & Leadership

UCAS Course Code

  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.
  • The programme is currently validated in the UK by The Open University.
  • Major
  • US Federal Aid is available
  • SFE loans currently awaiting designation.

Full Time 3 Years

Including one year at QCF Level 3
(subject to credit transfer)

Contact our admissions team for more details:

Please note: Non US students are eligible

Useful Links

Undergraduate Prospectus

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What our students say

Emily Rago

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.

Emily RagoBA Film Studies (4 year programme)

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

Queen’s Road
TW10 6JP

+44 (0) 208 332 8200 (Main Switchboard)