Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015'16 World University Subject Rankings. The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies focuses on teaching and research in film and media, journalism, arts policy and management, and has the Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image as focal points of its research culture. Birkbeck offers an extensive portfolio of internationally respected courses that combine a tradition of teaching and researching cultural studies with the latest ideas and techniques across film studies, journalism, screenwriting and digital media. We have a state'of'the'art cinema and exhibition spaces, all housed in a historic building that was a former home to key members of the Bloomsbury Group, including the author Virginia Woolf and the artist Vanessa Bell. We have a rich programme of free screenings and film'related events at Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image which also hosts the annual Essay Film Festival. With our location in Bloomsbury in central London, you can explore some of the world's best architecture, galleries and museums, collections and arts spaces ' many of which are on our doorstep or a short distance away. We offer a range of resources and student support services to help you while you're studying with us. Birkbeck Library has an extensive teaching collection of books and journals in film and media studies. You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including the British Film Institute, Senate House Library and the British Library. Birkbeck is different: classes are in the evening, so you can work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day. Record numbers of students are doing just that and getting a head start on their future careers.

Course Modules

All years: Introduction to cinema; media analysis; introduction to journalism; making the web work; screenwriting; television (history and future); the press in Britain; approaches to cinema history; British cinema history; film (narrative and genre); media and society; cultural identity and the media; effective website development; documentary; journalism and politics; journalism (interview skills and feature writing); screenwriting (the 30' minute script); storytelling in television; Japanese cinema history; digital media theory; dynamic web communications; contemporary European cinema; gender and sexuality in cinema; globalisation and media cultures; on the air in the digital age; screenwriting: the film script; television drama; television studio workshop; world cinema; media, technology and everyday life.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Part Time
BA (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Part Time
BA (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Mature entry
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Interview
  • Tariff 96
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Course specific

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13% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 100%