From documentaries to Hollywood blockbusters, film is an incredibly expressive medium, and even the most seemingly meaningless movie can be rich in symbolism that reveals greater truths about the political and social climate in which it was made.
If you can see past the superhero to see the symbolism and your passion for cinema goes far beyond a tub of popcorn on a date night, you might enjoy a degree in
. film studies
But what jobs can you get with a film degree? Well, whether you’re interested in writing for film, capturing the action on camera, or fancy calling the shots in the director’s chair – there’s are plenty of career options for you.
Here’s our complete guide to a Film Studies Degree and what you need to study it:
What A-Levels Do You Need?
Despite what some people may think, a film studies degree isn’t just a three-year trip to the cinema. In fact, film is a pretty academic subject and there’ll be lots of analytical thinking and essay writing too. You’ll also need to prove your mettle before you begin your course with some good grades at A-Level.
Entry requirements can range from ABB-CCC, depending on which university you are applying to. You'll also need at least 5 GSCE passes.
Where Can You Study Film Studies in the UK?
Lots of universities in the UK offer Film Studies degrees. Here's just a selection from across the UK:
University of Bedfordshire
University of Winchester
University of Westminster
You can see a full list of universities that offer Film Studies here.
What Are Your Study Options?
Film studies is an exceptionally flexible course and can be studied in combination with a whole range of other subjects.
is a very popular choice, as is the study of film alongside a foreign language like English and Film Studies , allowing you to work a love of foreign film into your degree. French
More practical course combinations include
and film and marketing , which both offer a direct route into a career in the film industry. film and advertising
You can even study joint honours
or film and philosophy , which can teach you new ways of interpreting film and give you a greater understanding of the socio-political context in which movies were made. film and history
Whether you choose to take film studies as a single or joint honours degree, the standard course duration is three years full-time, although this may be extended to four years if you’re studying film alongside a language course which includes a year abroad. You can also gain a film studies degree in around six years studying part-time.
Why Do a Film Studies Degree?
Because just like related topics such as English literature or media studies, film studies can help you to gain a greater understanding of history and the world around you through popular media.
Film studies is a labour of love, and a degree is a great opportunity to spend three years exploring your passion as well as maybe getting the chance to make some movie magic of your own. Plus, if you crave a career in a creative industry, a film studies degree could set you on the path to your dream job.
What Jobs Can You Get With a Film Degree?
If your course includes an element of technical production, then you can find work as a production team member (cameraman, sound engineer etc.), or if you course is more academic, then some obvious career paths include journalism, film critiquing, or becoming a PR or marketing specialist for a film or production company.
Even if you find you don’t want to work directly with film, you’ll have plenty of
, from critical thinking to excellent oral and written communication skills and an understanding of modern media that will see you excel in many roles in a media environment. transferable skills that employers find attractive
If you want to continue your studies, there are plenty of options available, with lots of graduates going on to take an MA in film studies. Taking a master’s degree gives you an opportunity to more deeply investigate an element of film that particularly interested you in your BA, and can even lead on to a PhD in the subject.
Q&A With a Film Studies Graduate
Jordan Gold studied film studies at the . We grilled him on how it went and what life has been like since… University of Sussex
Why Did You Choose to Study Film Studies at University?
Quite simply, because I love film. When I was 18, I went to university to study history and dropped out after three weeks. For me, university wasn't something that I could just do a sensible course at, because the work load is so intense. On my second shot I chose to do something purely because of a lasting love and interest, and it worked out pretty well.
What Was the Most Enjoyable Aspect of Your Course?
Three years of talking about film and the chance to meet some truly engaging and actively researching academics.
What Was the Least Enjoyable Aspect of Your Course?
I'm going to be hugely original and say the workload, but then, most of the work I did I absolutely loved. I'm one of a rare group who really enjoyed my dissertation, even if writing it was a bit of a headache.
How Do You Think a Film Studies Degree Might Help Graduates Seeking Employment?
Like a huge amount of degrees, it really is what you make of it. A film degree, augmented with
, skills gained and contacts met through university can see a student leaving with a huge amount to offer a workplace. work experience
It's not a blank cheque by any stretch of the imagination, but very few degrees are and I think that's something that both students and educational institutions need to look toward assisting.
How Did the Course Prepare You For Getting a Job?
The three years I spent at university allowed me the time to read, research, learn what I wanted to do and – most importantly – track down and participate in work experience that no-one who went into full-time employment after school could have taken advantage of.
What Would You Like to Go On to Do in Your Career in the Future?
I'm currently running a small film festival in Essex and I also do some freelance work as a PR. Ideally, I'll end up in a role where I can merge those two worlds, but for now I'm quite happy exploring them separately.
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