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Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Film Studies

Undergraduate courses

Our undergraduate courses combine the study of the history and theory of cinema with hands-on film production. You learn to critically analyse a wide variety of films and texts while developing highly valuable practical skills that are perfectly suited for entering into careers in the film, television, and media industries.

You can study film studies as a single honours degree or in combination with other subjects as a joint honours degree. Courses are three years of full-time study and can also be taken as a four-year option including a year of study abroad.

  • BA Film Studies

    Our BA Film Studies offers a unique combination of the historical and theoretical study of film with practical film production. You will critically engage with a full range of film forms and genres, from Hollywood and world cinema to independent movies and documentaries, learning to analyse works in terms of their aesthetics, technical construction and production contexts. You will simultaneously develop creative and practical skills in all aspects of film making including camera work, editing, lighting, screenwriting and production management, guided by experienced film practitioners and using our state of art production facilities.

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    Our module directory allows you to see the range of undergraduate modules you can take.

  • BA Film and Creative Writing

    Our BA Film and Creative Writing allows you to study film history, theory and practical film production, while simultaneously developing your creative writing abilities and wider literary knowledge. Our highly flexible programme gives you the chance to develop valuable critical and practical skills and you will benefit from the broad expertise found within our department, which includes leading academic film and literature specialists, film practitioners with extensive industry experience, as well as established novelists, poets, dramatists and screenwriters.

    Read the full course description on our course finder:

    Our module directory allows you to see the range of undergraduate modules you can take.

  • BA Film Studies and Literature

    Our BA Film Studies and Literature focuses on the comparative study of the historical and aesthetic relations between film and literature across genres and time periods. You will benefit from our department’s uniquely interdisciplinary approach which draws on extensive expertise in film theory and practice alongside a wide range of literature specialisms including American, European and Caribbean literature, postcolonial writing, adaptation and translation, as well as Shakespeare and myth.

    Read the full course description on our course finder:

    Our module directory allows you to see the range of undergraduate modules you can take.

Courses with other departments

Undergraduate pathways

If you don’t meet our standard undergraduate entry requirements, our Essex Pathways Department offers undergraduate pathways that equip you with the necessary academic and English language skills to enable you to progress to an undergraduate course in our department.

Languages for all

Our Languages for All scheme allows you to study a language alongside your course at no extra cost.

Film screenings

Film screenings

We have a dedicated 120-seat film theatre on campus and hold weekly film screenings introduced by our academic staff as well as talks by visiting film makers and showcases of students work.

Vimeo showcase

Student operating a film camera

Our film studies students run and work on individual film projects. To showcase their work, we set up a Vimeo channel. Have a look at what they have produced and get some ideas for future projects of your own.

How to apply

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for a course in literature, creative writing, drama, film studies or journalism. We can provide help and advice, and guide you through the application process.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.