If you’re passionate about film – how it’s made, its meanings and its pleasures – this Film Studies degree will allow you to engage critically and theoretically with the art form. You will consider film and related media against their historical, cultural and technological backdrops. This will give you a broad perspective of the history and experience of film and cinema in our global media culture, from Hollywood and French cinema to avant-garde or cult cinema.
This is mainly a theory-based film studies course, but you’ll have practical opportunities in scriptwriting. This hands-on experience will help you better understand the relationship between theory and practice. USW's Film Studies degree is part of Film & TV School Wales, which provides students with the skills and opportunities needed to work in today’s exciting TV and Film industry.
If you are interested in a practical film degree take a look at our BA (Hons) Film course.
Students on our Film Studies degree will study a variety of topics across screen history, criticism and theory. You’ll engage with a broad range of historical periods, genres and creators, developing crucial research, critical and analytical skills.
You’ll undertake scriptwriting, which will not only develop your creative thinking and writing skills, but will also help you understand the relationship between practice and theory. You’ll learn how to make short films and video essays, to blog and vlog about film, and to develop yourself as a film entrepreneur.
Unique to this course, you’ll work collaboratively on Film Symposium – a module where you’ll organise and present in your own mini lm conference or festival. You’ll attend workshops and networking events with industry professionals, and have the opportunity to gain work experience at arts venues and film festivals.
The Film Studies degree is taught in a variety of ways, including lectures, seminars, workshops, practical demonstrations and site visits. The emphasis, however, is always firmly on viewing films, so there will be weekly screenings in the Cardiff campus cinema.
Assessment methods are varied and challenging, and include essays, extract analyses, blogs, practical projects, class tests, individual and group presentations and reflections.
Our newly enhanced USW Cardiff has industry-standard facilities, including an on-site cinema that is available to students to screen their work, as well as hosting regular guest lectures and masterclasses.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
This course requires an interview. As part of your interview please bring a piece of your written work on a film or TV topic of your choice. This could be something you have written as part of your studies (i.e. a short critique) or in your spare time (i.e. a blog). Do be ready to discuss it with staff.
BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject such as Art, Drama, English, History, Theatre, Film Studies, Welsh or Media Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include a relevant subject such as Art, IT, English, Visual Arts, Welsh, Film Studies, Media Studies or Photography (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£450||
Books/ films. (All academic years)
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£300||
Print costs .(All academic years)
Field trips. (All academic years)
International field trips .(All academic years)
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Studying a film degree can be a springboard to a wide range of careers in the dynamic fields of the media, culture and education.
Graduates of this Film Studies degree have pursued careers in teaching, film education, media, research, production and distribution, and scriptwriting. The skills you’ll develop on the course would also assist careers in film programming and curation, film journalism, arts education and publishing.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.