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34th in the world for English Language and Literature

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Film Studies

Undergraduate degrees

As an undergraduate, you'll study the principles of Film Studies and a variety of different national cinemas. You'll choose from a wide range of optional modules — from theory and aesthetics, to gender and sex in French film.

Your film studies modules will be taught by academics from The Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures. The Centre also sponsors cultural events, seminar series, conferences and research projects.

The BA English and Film Studies degree combines the richness of English language and literature alongside global cinema.

Studying BA Languages, Cultures and Film Studies will allow you to learn about various critical, historical, and theoretical approaches to film whilst gaining fluency in another language.

Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures

Our film studies modules are taught by The Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures

The first of its kind in the country, our Centre has distinguished itself by taking a positive, inclusive and democratic approach to Film Studies, specialising in the situated study of cinematic forms. We also explore digital technologies for film production and distribution.

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(The Graduate Market in 2018)

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You'll benefit from learning in a research-intensive environment.


The birthplace of film

Leeds and the wider region has a long association with the development and creation of film. It is believed that Louis Le Prince made the first ever motion picture film in Leeds in 1888.

Today, our city is home to the annual Leeds International Film Festival, Yorkshire Silent Film Festival and numerous independent cinemas, including art-house cinema the Hyde Park Picture House - the world's last surviving gas-lit cinema.

We're also very close to Bradford, the home of the National Science and Media Museum.