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Undergraduate course

American Studies and Film Studies BA (Hons)

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Combining American Studies and Film Studies at York St John University provides you with the opportunity to explore the genres, social and historical contexts, pleasures and the politics of film, whilst also developing a greater understanding of America’s profound influence upon the world and also of the way the world regards America.

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  • UCAS Code – TP7H
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of Humanities

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

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Course overview

If you wish to study two academic subjects in depth our Joint Honours degree programmes are a great way to do this. 

The American Studies and Film Studies programme offers you the opportunity to consider film on a global scale with a particular focus across the degree on American society, history and popular culture. You will explore the history of American cinema and the ways in which it has reflected political and social climates. You will also be given the opportunity to explore key filmic movements such as the New Hollywood period from the 1970s and the independent cinema cycle of of the 1980s and 90s. American film will also be considered on a global scale and you will investigate how it has influenced, and has been influenced by, the cinematic cultures of other nations. 


You will be equipped with the tools to analyse and critically engage with cinema of different genres, styles, periods and world sites vis-à-vis a range of cultural forms such as visual art, interactive media and literature.

The Film Studies Programme can be studied as a single subject as well as alongside other programmes (Media and English Literature).

Course structure

Level 1

Modules include: 

  • Filmmakers on Film (20 credits)
  • Cinema & Society (20 credits)
  • Media Research (20 credits)
  • Film & its Audiences (20 credits)
  • American Foundation (20 credits)
  • America’s Century (20 credits)

Level 2

Modules include:


  • Mapping America (20 credits) 
  • Film and the American Imagination (20 credits) 


  • The Making of Modern America (20 credits) 
  • Adaptations (20 credits) 
  • Imaginary Worlds: Resrearching Science Fiction (20 credits) 
  • History, Community and Culture (20 credits) 
  • Media Enterprise (20 credits)
  • The Age of Anxiety: Culture and Society in the USA, 1929-60 (20 credits)
  • From Slavery to Freedom (20 credits)
  • Independent Cinema (20 credits) 
  • Gothic and Horror (20 credits) 


Level 3

Modules include: 

  • Special Study (40 credits) 
  • Special Study in History and American Studies (40 credits) 
  • Documentary Film Studies (20 credits) 
  • Animations (20 credits) 
  • US Conflict in the East Asian Mainland (20 credits)
  • Transnational Cinema (20 credits) 
  • The Nation Divided: The Civil War Era in American Life (20 credits) 
  • The Great Society: America in the 1960s (20 credits) 
  • American Literature in the Twentieth Century (20 credits) 
  • Pop Americana: Contemporary Popular Culture (20 credits) 
  • Gender and Sexualities (20 credits) 

Teaching & Assessment

On the American Studies and Film Studies BA (Hons) programme you will experience and take part in lectures, seminars, workshops, task focused activities, field-trips and excursions and informative engagement with media practitioners and those working in the creative industry. Crucially, this is backed up by four distinct features. These are:

  • Research informed teaching where experts in their subjects will work with you and develop your knowledge.
  • A schedule of tutorial support where you will gain advice and guidance on how to progress academically.
  • Technology enhanced programme instruction from experts that will help you to learn how to use media as a critical and creative tool.
  • An employability strand to equip you for work as a graduate.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including essays, portfolios, single and group presentations (for example, voice-over commentaries using iPads and tablets), interactive e-portfolios (using platforms such as Word Press), creative visual pieces. All of these will be introduced at Level1 and then developed throughout your degree.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

104 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Foundation Year

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Foundation courses

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study or wider reading.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include further study, career plans and transferrable skills such as time management.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 202 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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