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Why study film at Queen Mary?

  • You will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the history, theory and practice of film.
  • You will learn about the history, politics and economics of different nations (including European and Latin American countries and the USA), thereby gaining insight into a range of cultures.
  • You will learn about the key technical and practical aspects of film production.
  • You will gain experience of making films, and developing your own filmmaking practice.
  • You will receive a rigorous training in viewing, reading and thinking critically and presenting your ideas lucidly in oral or written form, which are fundamental transferable skills highly valued by employers.
  • You will receive advice on how to gain work experience in the film industry, which can give you an edge in a competitive job market.
  • You will be situated in the heart of London's culturally dynamic East End, within easy reach of the city's many specialist cinema and research venues, including the National Film Theatre, the CineLumiere (at the French Institute), The Institute of Contemporary Arts and the British Film Institute.

Who we are

We are the Department of Film Studies, situated within the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, a large and vibrant community, with about 150 students at any one time.

What we offer

Queen Mary offers the following types of degree programme involving Film Studies:

  • Single Honours (studying mainly Film with a practical production strand)
  • Combined Honours (studying Film with another Arts subject such as History, English, Comparative Literature, Drama, or a modern language)

 List of undergraduate BA courses

How good are we?

In recent the National Student Surveys (NSS 2016), Film Studies at Queen Mary was rated highly in terms of overall student satisfaction (96%) and in terms of the quality of teaching across the programme (96%).  These results place Film Studies at Queen Mary as 1st in London and 3rd in the Russell Group. Our strong showing in the NSS has been reflected in our continued "league table" success.  Queen Mary was ranked first in London and third nationally for media and film studies (Guardian University League Tables, 2015).

Will you get a job after graduating?

Film Studies

Potential careers include directly related fields like film and television, especially on the film practice side. You'll also be well placed for jobs in the media sector generally: journalism, public relations, advertising, new media and so on. Careers demanding good communications skills, such as teaching, personnel management and marketing will be open to you, plus, of course, many other graduate careers for which a specific degree is not needed, from management consultancy and accountancy to finance and law. Every year we have lots of students who go on to study further at postgraduate level (be warned film studies can be addictive!). The developing profiles of some of our students who have gone into the film industry can be found here.

Film Studies and a Language

In an increasingly globalised world which depends on effective communication and a multi-cultural awareness your fluency and confidence in a foreign language are essential. Our graduates are attracted to directions as diverse as the production side of film and television, the media, journalism, advertising, banking, multinational corporations, marketing, PR, sales, management consultancies, the diplomatic service, publishing, teaching, law, computing, library management etc. A number of students each year also go on to study further at postgraduate level.

Comparative Literature and Film Studies

The employment prospects for graduates of Comparative Literature and Film Studies look very exciting. The skills that students on these programmes acquire are highly transferable to the professional market place. Graduates of this programme are particularly well-equipped for careers in publishing, journalism, the broadcast media, and, of course, the film industry.

Film Studies and English; Film Studies and Drama

Potential careers include directly related fields like film and television, especially in production or creative sectors. You'll also be well placed for jobs in the media sector generally: journalism, public relations, advertising, new media and so on. Careers demanding good communications skills, such as teaching, publishing and arts programming will be open to you, plus, of course, many other graduate careers for which a specific degree is not needed, from management consultancy and accountancy to finance and law.

Film Studies and History

Graduates in Film Studies and History will have developed the skills of analysis, communication and presentation that make History graduates attractive to employers in education, journalism, finance, the Civil Service and other professions. Additionally, they will have developed a knowledge of film history, criticism and analysis that will be beneficial in seeking employment in television and film companies, journalism and cultural institutions.

 

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