University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Film Studies

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Course summary

Overview Take your interest in film and turn it into a promising career or pathway to further study with our Film Studies degree course. You'll examine film and its related institutions from a contemporary perspective, focusing on the theories and concepts that define them. Guided by an internationally recognised team of researchers and academics, you’ll explore film's interrelationships with society, culture, identity, history, and the future, in areas ranging from fandom and popular culture to gender and global cinema. Our range of optional modules, industry talks and experiences, and local community and outreach connections in the curriculum will offer you a tailored degree experience to enhance your learning and enjoyment. You’ll graduate from our course with a critical and global understanding of film. You'll also develop adaptable media skills in research, industry knowledge and communication, which will help you fashion your career in film or whatever field you choose. Course highlights

  • Take part in the annual Portsmouth Comic Con for the latest developments in film, popular culture, fan communities, and technology – course lecturers and students are panelists and run film screenings
  • Screen your final-year film project at Portsmouth's established independent No. 6 Cinema and gain industry contacts
  • Learn from widely published media experts and active researchers to add depth to your studies
  • Be part of our extensive media culture at Portsmouth: you can write for student publications, collaborate with students on our Film Production and Television and Broadcasting courses, and participate in our student-led TV channel CCI TV
  • Become an Adobe Certified Associate to enhance your technical and production skills
Careers and opportunities Along with theoretical and practical knowledge of film, you'll also graduate with a more nuanced understanding of the world. You'll develop methods for deconstructing its sociocultural ethics, means of representation, and constructs, and scrutinise environments more deeply. These analytical skills are crucial in many sectors within and outside media and film. Many of our graduates begin their careers in communication, such as public relations and advertising. Some continue to postgraduate studies and research in multimedia, while others take teacher training to begin careers in higher and further education. With such a flexible degree as our Film Studies course, you'll be able to explore many other possibilities. Graduate roles Roles our graduates have gone onto include:
  • Content Creator
  • Marketing Manager
  • Theatrical Marketing Department Executive
  • Lecturer
  • Writer and researcher
  • Videographer
Graduate destinations Our graduates have worked at places such as:
  • Pathé
  • CIC Film Crew 4u
  • Arrow Films
  • Studio Canal
  • Chichester College
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Course details


Year 1 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]: Film, Genre and Adaptation; Global Cinema; Screen Research; Understanding Film Production (1); Writing for the Film and TV Industries Year 2 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]: British Cinema; World and Transnational Cinema; Hollywood and Beyond Year 2 optional modules [worth 20 credits each, unless otherwise stated]: Comic Book Industries; Engaged Citizenship through Interdisciplinary Practice; Film and Ethics; Production: Camera and Editing; Production Short Filmmaking; Professional Experience; Researching Genre; Sport and the Media; Student Enterprise; Transmedia Narratives and Strategies | Year 3 optional modules [all worth 20 credits each]: Gender, Sexuality and Cinema; Marketing Movies; Media Fan Cultures; Representing Science in the Media; Researching Animation; Studying Comedy; Practical Video Project (40 credits); Film and Media Dissertation (40 credits)

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • video productions
  • film scripts
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • examinations
  • dissertation or video project
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
  • Year 1 students: 3% by practical exams and 97% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 3% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 85% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

How to apply

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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)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £16200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 | EU – £925 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £1,800. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to

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