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Film Cultures (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Film Cultures (Hons) course at Kingston University will teach you film not as a form in isolation, but as part of a dynamic matrix linked to novels, visual art, video games, fashion, design, television and social change. The story of film is also a story of changing technology, from the first experiments in the moving image to the latest immersive experiences.


The Film Cultures (Hons) course at Kingston University encourages a wide and diverse range of responses too: not just traditional essays and presentations, but creative work, with a professional focus that will prepare you for a variety of potential careers. You'll be assessed, for example, on how you plan a festival, curate an archive, undertake promotional copywriting and review for different media platforms. You'll learn through practice. There are many professional routes outside film studies and filmmaking, and our degree will introduce you to people already working in those areas.

In year one you will be introduced to key issues and approaches for film studies within the wider context of visual culture. You will begin to develop your written and analytical skills through a variety of modes of assessment from writing portfolios to presentations, research journals and traditional essays.

In year two, you will develop a more sophisticated and focused understanding of your subject area. You will study four modules across the year, again with a variety of assessment methods. Professional practice is foregrounded in the second year, as you will have the opportunity to learn from industry specialists in a range of fields such as film journalism, scriptwriting, festival management and archiving, and to develop your own portfolio of written work.

Year three is a ‘capstone year' during which you will complete a self-designed dissertation project. You will use the critical and analytical skills developed across years one and two, to research a topic of your own choice. Other modules will help you to manage your research and introduce you to further ideas and ways of working that may influence your career choices. Research is key throughout the third year, in both the modules delivered by some of Kingston School of Art's top research staff and in the increasing focus on your extensive, independent study.

Careers and progression

The degree is aimed at students keen to join the film and creative industries in areas outside practical production.

In addition to training them in the key critical skills, independent thinking, group work and presentations that are broadly sought-after by graduate employers, the degree will provide students with experience of and insights into various roles across the industry.

Potential careers could therefore include festival programming, museum and exhibit curation, promotion and copywriting, social media management, fundraising, and teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Film Cultures
  • From Pre-Cinema to Post-Cinema
  • Authorship and Active Audiences
  • The Body and the Moving Image
  • Representation and the Visual
  • Global Film Cultures
  • Critical Issues in Visual Cultures
  • Writing about Film

        English Language Requirements

        You need the following IELTS score:

        • Minimum required score:


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        Academic Requirements

        • A minimum of 112 tariff points from recognised level 3 qualifications such as A-levels, BTECs, 14-19 Diplomas, IB.
        • GCSE candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*–C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).
        • Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and maths.
        • Offers will be made on the basis of your UCAS application and interview for selected applicants.

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          14200 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 14200 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
        • EU/EEA

          9250 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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        Living costs for London

        • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
          Living Costs

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