Film and Italian, B.A.

Film and Italian, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
This course combines Film with the study of Italian. You will study histories and theories of film, as well as learning practical skills in filmmaking, and take units in Italian. Bristol has an enviable record for its research both in Film Studies and in Italian culture.


Italian language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe, while today Italy's innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion mean that it is a major global commercial force. Italy is both traditional and modern, a tension that is apparent throughout its history and culture.

You will spend your third year abroad, refining your language skills and cultural knowledge, before returning for your final year when you will have the chance to undertake an independent project or work placement in the creative industries.

Why study Film and Television at Bristol?

Bristol is distinctive for the way in which we blend historical and theoretical study with practice-based investigations of film and television. You will have the opportunity to develop and extend your interests across a broad spectrum of subjects and approaches and through a variety of teaching methods.

Units include an introduction to analysing film and television, as well as exploring significant historical movements, contemporary practices and the theoretical concepts that underpin, inform and shape film and television.

During the course, you will use our editing suites, cameras and filmmaking equipment. Facilities and production resources include an on-site cinema, Final Cut Pro Edit Suites, Panasonic HVX HD cameras, sound mixers and animation suites.

We have strong and dynamic links with a range of film festivals, media archives, arts centres and media companies. We also have a lively postgraduate community and many of our students have gone on to study our MA courses and research degrees.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Introduction to Film and Television Studies
  • Production Skills for Film
  • Close-Up on Film
  • Criticism in the Arts
  • Italian Language
  • Units in Contemporary Italian society and literature
  • Beginners: extra language work
  • Post A-Level: project and optional unit
Second year
  • Film History to 1960 or Film and Television History, 1960 to the present
  • Plus a choice of two from the following units (indicative):
    • Television Broadcasting
    • Animated Film
    • Screen Technologies: Colour
    • Hollywood Cinema History
    • Film and Television Comedy
    • Documentary Histories and Practices
  • Italian Language
  • Two optional units in Italian (for example, Nineteenth-century Culture, Dante’sInferno, Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change, Italian Memories of the Second World War)
Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year
  • A choice of two from the following units (indicative):
    • Contemporary Hollywood
    • Digital Filmmaking
    • Film Criticism
    • Global Cinema/Local Stories
  • Independent Study in Film through one of the following:
    • Practical Project
    • Written Dissertation
    • Placement in creative industry
  • Italian Language
  • Two optional units in Italian (for example, The Culture of Fascism, Naples: Culture, Identity and nation, Desire in medieval and Renaissance Culture, Institutions and Anti-Institutions in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s)


This subject is suitable for those with an interest in and passion for film and television. You will study these areas in an academic context and engage creatively with the practice of filmmaking.

Our courses offer a combination of conceptual, historical and practical study, and would be particularly suitable for those who wish to develop a deep understanding of film and television, alongside developing skills in filmmaking, through a rigorous and multifaceted degree.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including a modern language*
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including a modern language*
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*
  • BTEC: DDD plus A-level grade B in a modern language*
  • SQA: SH: AAABB and AH: AB including a modern language*
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core*
  • EB: 80% overall with 8 in a modern language*
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: no specific subjects required.
  • Academic qualifications: *Italian can be studied from beginner level but all applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with a modern language A-level at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
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