Film Studies at University of Winchester - UCAS

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Course summary

  • Develop as a critical film scholar and a gain a practical grounding for careers in TV, film and media
  • Enjoy the freedom to study your favourite genres and periods of cinema while discovering lots of new forms, faces and fields within film
  • Watch a lot of terrific films – and discuss and debate them at lively, interactive seminars
  • Benefit from the input of our diverse community of students from all corners of the globe
  • Take advantage of outstanding industry-standard facilities to learn practical film techniques and skills at our on-campus Multimedia Centre
Whether you’re passionate about zombie movies, Hollywood blockbusters, or art-house French classics, our Film Studies degree provides you with the intellectual rigour to analyse all types of film from a number of different perspectives. Over three years, you spend a lot of time watching and discussing films from different periods, countries and genres. By engaging critically with film texts, you learn to deepen your understanding of narrative structure, technique and aesthetics, as well as your appreciation of how filmmakers choose to represent class, race and sexuality on screen. At Winchester we understand that your perception of film becomes deeper when you bring in perspectives from other disciplines, including politics, philosophy, history, gender and race studies. You study the different histories and styles found in the US, British, European and global industries and there’s an opportunity to undertake practical film work in digital production and screenwriting. You are taught by a team of film specialists and industry professionals with different backgrounds, whose diverse research expertise is reflected in the breadth and scope of the curriculum. Year 1 covers core modules, which include Film Narrative, Film Criticism and Reading Film, as well as opportunities to learn media skills. Study during Year 2 is more specialised and focuses on theoretical and research skills. However, the majority of study in Years 2 and 3 involves optional modules that allow students to focus their study on areas that interest them. Year 2 optional modules may include Contemporary European Cinema, British Cinema, Gangster and Crime Film, Classical Hollywood Cinema and Science Fiction and Fantasy. Year 3 offers greater scope for more in-depth study and further specialisation. With the exception of the Dissertation, module choices during the final year are entirely optional – you may take courses in Animation, Cult Film and Art Cinema, Identity and Contemporary American Film and Film and the City. Open 24 hours a day, our Multimedia Centre offers outstanding industry-standard facilities including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, a computerised radio studio, and facilities for multi-track audio recording. A wide range of equipment is available and the Centre is an Apple Certified Training Centre. You graduate as a well-informed critical thinker who understands the cross-cultural diversity of the contemporary world. The Winchester course in Film Studies has an excellent employment record and graduates commonly find work in film and television-related industries, creative industries, advertising, media and teaching.


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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are required to provide transcripts. confirming the module titles and grades they have already achieved, as well as module handbooks and/or programme specifications showing the learning outcomes of the modules completed.

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16700 Year 1
International £16700 Year 1

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Film Studies at University of Winchester - UCAS