If you’d like to have a career in film, study this vibrant, multi-disciplinary programme which incorporates the historical, critical and theoretical aspects of film, including television and new media.
Based in one of the world’s top cultural centres, you’ll be close to the British Film Institute’s IMAX, the UK’s largest screen based at London Waterloo, together with the capital’s many other cinemas and home to world-leading film production companies and studios.
You’ll begin with a look at mass media and communications, photography and an introduction to Film Studies. Together with other students at Richmond, you’ll also study disciplines from the Humanities such as Research and Writing and Scientific Reasoning, all part of the American style, liberal arts approach to education which gives a broad perspective, highly valued by employers.
There’s a specialist emphasis on the history of film, third world/postcolonial cinema and the programme explores some fascinating film themes, including gender, horror, fantasy and science fiction.
A strong technical and practical element of the degree complements the theoretical side, with classes on topics such as video production, acting and screen writing, and documentary film production.
You’ll gain a global awareness of film and related media through your choice of electives, as you decide what to study from topics like Screen Acting Techniques, Psychology and Cinema, American Television Drama and Animation and Motion. Not only that, but a Minor in Media Production may be added to your Major in Film Studies.
There’s the opportunity to do an integrated internship, gaining great experience by working within the film industry.
By studying with us at Richmond, you’ll gain two degrees through one programme, one from the UK and one from the US. International and multi-disciplinary, this degree combines theoretical knowledge with strong elements of practical training.
Top 5 Reasons to Study Film Studies
- Gain in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of the film industry
- Develop strong practical skills such as screenwriting, film production, editing, which are highly attractive to employers
- Opportunity to study a multi-disciplinary programme that combines areas of study in the Humanities
- London location provides great opportunity to explore the world of film at first hand, with visits to cinemas, studios, and production companies
- Gain vital work experience that is desirable to employers in the film industry by doing an integrated international internship
Vogue Magazine, NBC News, Al Jazeera, Boston Ballet, Christies
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
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.
3 Years pathway
4 Years pathway
A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*
*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.
A Level: 96 UCAS points
US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1) BTEC National Diploma: MMM.
Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English
5.5 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
72 with 17 Listening, 18 in Reading, 17 Writing, 20 Speaking
Pearson Test of English
51 with 51 in each component
First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015
162 overall (no less than 162 in each component)
Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015
Cambridge First: Grade B overall (No less than B in any component)
Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component) less than C in any component)
Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 certificate
You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond online 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
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.