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Course summary

Prepare for a career in many film and cinema-related roles, including film production or post-production, journalism, screenwriting, programming and curation, festival management and public relations on our BA (Hons) Film degree in Cambridge. Learn film theories, film histories and film-making practices by studying a full-time BA (Hons) Film degree at ARU. As a student at ARU, you’ll discover the history of global cinema and study a range of films from the avant-garde to Hollywood blockbusters. As well as learning the fundamental theories of film and how cinema reflects and affects society, you’ll explore the language of film from the perspective of a filmmaker and start to think critically about your creative work. This will be key in the practical side of the course: making your own explorative short films using a various approaches and technologies, including 16mm film. You’ll be trained in all aspects of the craft, including camera operation, sound recording and editing. As the course progresses, our optional modules allow you to further explore your interests or specialise for a particular career, with avenues that also include screenwriting and film journalism. Throughout your BA (Hons) Film degree, you’ll be supported by our team of expert lecturers and a close-knit community of students and graduates. There are opportunities to show your films at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and work with a range of external partners. Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies such as the BBC, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Film & Video Umbrella, Cannes Film Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Take One magazine, Watersprite Film Festival, CBBC, ITN Productions, London Studios, MTV, New York Film Academy, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK (formerly Optimum Releasing) and Sight & Sound magazine. You can also take an optional placement year. What’s more, you can choose to study abroad as part of your course and get funding to cover the cost. The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, and Film & Screen Studies research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Industry-standard facilities As part of your studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative industries facilities including:

  • Film studio with overhead lighting, tracks, dollies and green screen
  • Multi-camera television studio with modular set panels and modern set dressing
  • Full range of location kit from 4K digital cameras, professional lighting, to Steadicam
  • Sound-recording equipment for location filming
  • Editing suites with Da Vinci Resolve and the full Adobe Creative Cloud software suite
  • Finishing suite with audio monitoring and grading panels
  • Aaton Cameras and Steenbeck editors for 16mm film production
  • Motion capture equipment
As one of our students you'll also have access to all our other art, design and creative industries facilities and equipment. Careers At ARU we work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements. Our BA (Hons) Film degree will help you prepare for a career in many film and cinema-related roles, including film and television production or post-production, journalism, screenwriting, programming and curation, festival management and public relations. You might also decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our MA Film and Television Production. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.


les Year 1 core modules: Film Language and Concepts; Creative Moving Image; Screenwriting: The Short Film; History of Global Cinema. Year 1 optional modules: Introduction to Filmmaking: Super 8mm, Anglia Language Programme. Year 2 core modules: Theorising Spectatorship; Classical Hollywood Cinema; Documentary Film Theory; Ruskin Module; Filmmakers on film. Year 2 optional modules: Independent Cinema: US and Beyond; 16mm Filmmaking; Non-Fiction Filmmaking; Film Criticism and Reviewing; From Script to Screen; Anglia Language Programme. Year 3: Work placement. Year 4 core modules: Special Topics in Film Studies; Gender and Popular Cinema; Research Project in Film and Media. Year 4 optional modules: Screenwriting: Writing and Selling the Feature Film; Narrative in Global Cinema; Professional Practice in Film; Experiments in Film and Moving Image; Film Journalism; Avant-Garde Cinema; Anglia Language Programme; Independent Film Practice. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

You won’t take any written exams. Instead, you’ll show your learning through a portfolio of creative work (including short films and film scripts), film reviews, critical essays and oral presentations. You’ll also critically evaluate your creative work, presenting and defending your work in ‘crits’.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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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
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1250 (This is a provisional fee and subject to change)
Film [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS