Kingston University London

Course Introduction

Our Film Cultures BA course builds on Kingston University's long reputation at the forefront of film education in the UK. It offers integrated modules covering the history, technology, industry, audiences, and aesthetics of the moving image, and engages with the rapidly changing visual culture of the 21st century.

The course will appeal to creative students with a desire to develop careers in the film and media industries, outside actual production '' including scriptwriting, journalism, curation, archiving, festival programming and reviewing. You will be encouraged to develop a range of skills to articulate your ideas in written, oral and visual form across a variety of formats, allowing you to develop yourself for a career in the film or creative industries.

The degree explores film not as an isolated medium, but as part of a dynamic matrix of cultural influences, in relation to fashion, design, dance, literature, the visual arts, photography, television, digital art and video games. It studies the ways in which film can both shape and be shaped by its surrounding political contexts. It engages with film in settings and on platforms far beyond the traditional movie theatre, including music video, apps, animation, viral clips and advertising. It explores the relationship between film and other, closely'related cultural forms, across history ' from its origins in ‘pre'cinema' to contemporary ‘post'cinema' ' and engages with a range of theoretical ideas, from representation to spectatorship, identity and ideology, and the interaction between the camera and the body.

To echo this innovative approach, the degree fosters creative problem'solving skills and integrates professional practice into its modules through a variety of forms of assessment. It encourages you to consider critically how film is structured, produced, interpreted, screened, programmed, curated and written about in contemporary culture for a variety of audiences, from museum and gallery visitors to digital consumers and festival'goers. It trains you in the critical skills that are highly desirable to employers, and supports you throughout to gain confidence as independent learners.

Course Modules

Examples of modules:

Year 1

' Introduction to Film Cultures

' From Pre'Cinema to Post'Cinema

' Authorship and Active Audiences

' The Body and the Moving Image

Year 2

' Representation and the Visual

' Global Film Cultures

' Critical Issues in Visual Cultures

' Writing about Film

Year 3

' Power and the Image

' Designing Production

' Special Topics in Film Cultures

' Dissertation

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)