Kingston University London

Course Introduction

Giving you a solid understanding of film modes, models and approaches, this course explores the history and theory of film, comparing national cinemas across the world to Hollywood's dominance. It examines how film language is used to create meaning, studies films in social and national contexts, and investigates key theories surrounding authorship, realism, feminism, genres and star systems.

Course Modules

Year 1: Approaches to cnema 1: film language and form; approaches to cinema 2: film context and history; introduction to the process of digital video production; the hollywood cinema: 1927 to 1997; media representations of identity; silent cinema; TV times; Year 2: Case studies in contemporary European cinema; investigating cinema and film; production of a short documentary; realism and representation; screenwriting; apocalypse now: international politics goes to the movies; British cinema: institutions, genres and authors; case studies in World cinema; French cinema; popular genres: ideology, archetype, myth; post'1945 German history and film; watching the detectives; what's so funny? film, radio and TV comedy. Year 3: Advanced film production; advanced pre'production; identity and difference; big ideas for the small screen; cult films, trash aesthetics and exploitation; dance on screen; gangsters, g'men and gangstaz; new wave cinema; south of the border: Spanish and Latin American cinema; special study: cinema and the postmodern city; special study: getting high on cinema: the drug experience film; vamps, divas, tramps, lolitas; watch the skies: science fiction television and film; we are the champions: sport and broadcasting.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons)
6 years
Part Time
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCCCC
  • International Baccalaureate 25
  • GCE A-level
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma

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82% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 76%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 76%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 71%

£17,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

65% Go on to work and/or study

In work 55
Studying 10
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 25
Unknown 10

18% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 90%

Total Practical: 10%

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