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Undergraduate course

Film Studies BA (Hons)

Want to dive deep into the world of film, spending your days analysing and debating movies?

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Film Studies has never been so vibrant, not least because of cinema’s engagement with wider media. A Film Studies degree at York St John University embraces this changing landscape and our students are introduced to a wide array of genres for critical analysis.

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  • UCAS Code – P303
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

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

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Your understanding of film will be broadened across different genres including gothic and horror, animation, documentary and science fiction. You will learn the skills needed to critically engage with cinema, including the study of different styles, periods and cultures. Analysing film alongside visual art, interactive media and literature is also a key feature on this course.


As well as engaging the history of Cinema, this course focuses on the changing relationship that film has with comic books, video games, television and digital culture. The course includes an exploration of British and regional film, European and American Cinema and Transnational Cinema from around the globe. Students are also encouraged to become involved in wider film culture such as festivals and participate in the thriving York cinema scene.

You will be equipped with the tools to analyse and critically engage with cinema from different perspectives, styles, periods and world sites regarding co-existing cultural forms which include visual art, interactive media and literature. A range of assessment methods are used, including coursework, visual and oral presentations. You will also have the opportunity to participate in an employability module to develop key transferable skills. We actively encourage Film Studies students to get involved in the writing, production and marketing of our own magazine and web-platform Neutral.

This Film Studies Programme is an exciting pathway, which represents the changing nature of the subject area and the links between film and other disciplines. Film Studies opens up many exciting opportunities in a broad range of careers in the media, cultural sector, public relations and information industries.

Course structure

Level 1


Modules may include:

  • Cult and Extreme Cinema
  • Britain on Film
  • Cinema & Society
  • Media Research
  • Film & its Audiences

Level 2


Modules may include:

  • Gothic & Horror
  • European Cinema
  • Independent Cinema
  • Adaptations
  • Film & the American Imagination
  • Imaginary Worlds: Researching Science Fiction


Level 3


Modules may include:

  • Documentary Film
  • Gender & Sexualities
  • Animations
  • Transnational Cinema
  • Dissertation

Teaching & Assessment

On the Film Studies 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:

96 UCAS Tariff points

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

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 will depend on whether you're a UK and EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

UK and EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to our Foundation, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and undergraduate Health degrees is £9,250 per year for full time UK, EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK, EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to the above courses is £4,265 per year.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Find out more about funding for Foundation or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to our Foundation, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and undergraduate Health degrees is £12,750 per year for international (non-EU) students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support

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


Whilst 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.


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


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


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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