BA Degree in Film Studies – Richmond University
  • Tuition Fee

    £9,250.00 (UK/EU)
    £14,500.00 (INT)
    $38,000.00 (US)

  • Duration

    3 Years (Full-time)

    4 Years (Full-time)

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA
    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

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
  • 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

3 Years pathway

Core Modules & Electives

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

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

Elective

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)

Elective

Quantitative Reasoning

Elective (practical)

Elective

Research & Writing II

Elective

Elective OR Internship

4 Years pathway

Core Modules

CORE SUBJECTS

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

Foundations in Photography

Introduction to Visual Culture

Video Production

Transnational Cinema

Foundations of Mass Media and Communications

Introduction to Film Studies

Cultural Theory

Advanced Digital Video

Development and Culture: Representations in Film & Literature

Film in the Americas

Mainstream Cinema: Studies in Genre

Documentary Theory and Production

Transitions I

Introduction to Film Making

 

International Cinema

Transitions II

6 FHEQ Level 4 Electives

 

Senior Seminar in Film Studies I

Quantitative Reasoning

Research and Writing II

 

Senior Seminar in Film Studies II

Scientific Reasoning

  

From Script to Screen

Creative Expression

   

Research and Writing I

   

QCF Level 3 Electives

   

Electives

ELECTIVE MODULES

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

  

Plus one of the following (theoretical):

Plus three of the following OR Internship and one of the following

  

American Television Drama

Contemporary Visual Culture II

  

Celebrity and Fan Culture

Animation & Motion

  

Science Fiction Film: Cowboys and Aliens

New Media

  

Adaptations: Literature and Cinema

Internship in Film (6 CREDITS)

  

Gender in Film

 
  

Politics Goes to Hollywood

World Internship in Film (6 CREDITS)

  

Psychology & Cinema

Pictures of Power

  

Plus two of the following (practical):

History on Film

  

Creating Digital Images

 
  

Script Writing

 
  

Screen Acting Techniques

 
  

Plus 4 FHEQ Level 5 Electives

 

3 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*

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

4 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)

Qualification

Undergraduate

Validity Period

IELTS (Academic)

5.5 with 5.5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing

2 Years

TOEFL IBT

72 with 17 Listening, 18 in Reading, 17 Writing, 20 Speaking

2 Years

Pearson Test of English

51 with 51 in each component

2 Years

First, Advanced, Proficiency – taken after January 2015

162 overall (no less than 162 in each component)

No Expiry

Cambridge First: Advantage, Proficiency – taken before January 2015

Cambridge First: Grade B overall (No less than B in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Advanced: Grade C (no less than C in any component) less than C in any component)

No Expiry

 

Cambridge Proficiency: Level C1 certificate

No Expiry

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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UCAS Course Code

3 year pathway

RU06

4 year pathway

P303
  • 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 3-4 Years

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

Contact our admissions team for more details:
admissions@richmond.ac.uk

Please note: Non US students are eligible

Useful Links

Undergraduate Prospectus

What our students say

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

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

Queen’s Road
Richmond-upon-Thames
TW10 6JP
England
+44 (0) 208 332 8200 (Main Switchboard)