BA Film Studies

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

If you chose to study BA English and Film Studies, you’ll choose modules from the School of English which will allow you to explore the richness of English language and literature.

Studying BA Modern Languages and Film Studies will develop your language skills and provide you with an opportunity to live abroad. 

The BA Film Studies will give you a unique insight into global film culture, film form and style, and the political importance of film.

Studying with us

Your film studies modules will be taught by The Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures which takes 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.

If you chose to study film studies with a language, the University's Language Zone has a range of resources, including books, magazines, audio and video resources and provides opportunities to practice your language skills through workshops, language exchanges and language groups. It is also a valuable resource to students who wish to study language independently.

Enrichment opportunities

Our tutors' diverse expertise will help you gain a deeper understanding of film from around the world – and develop your analytical skills that will be valuable to employers.


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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.