Film Studies

Reasons to study this course

  • You have a keen interest in studying and producing your own films.
  • You will develop strong analytical skills.
  • You have a passion for film.

What you will need to study this course

  • keen interest in film, watching films and practical work
  • ability to articulate your views clearly and in detail

What you will study

You will study Cinema as a medium, art form and social and economic institution. You will also engage with a wide range of different kinds of films developing your skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection.

In the first year you will study a range of different film and film techniques, including both American film and European films. The films you will study are: Pan’s Labyrinth, Shaun of the Dead, Sightseers, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Vertigo and Captain Fantastic. You will also, individually, film and edit your own film sequence of 2-3 minutes.

How you will be assessed

70% exams and 30% coursework

Priestley Extra

To develop your appreciation of film, visits to the cinema will be organised. Visits in the past have included 3D screenings along with a screening at London’s BFI IMAX. Film students have also taken part in a trip to New York.


The course allows progression to Higher Education courses in Film, Media, and develops a range of transferable critical, analytical and research skills, which you will be able to use effectively in future employment.

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Spectatorship and Audiences – an article on the website

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