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Film Studies BA (Hons) (Joint Honours)

Our distinctive Film Studies (Joint Honours) degree at DMU offers you the chance to go beyond the viewing experience to explore film as an art form, as a social institution, and as a business.

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Our Film Studies Joint Honours course links the criticism and history of film to the core concerns of a range of other subjects. If you are fascinated by film, but want to combine your passion with another area of study, the Joint Honours route is the perfect choice.

Subjects include Creative Writing, English, Journalism, or Media and Communication. Each of these options functions as a carefully designed programme of study, which allows you to focus on the films you love, while also developing knowledge and skills in an area of your choice.

Key features

  • Learn in the Phoenix Cinema and benefit from our relationship with Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema, with placement opportunities and selected teaching and screenings delivered in a real cinema environment

  • Benefit from teaching influenced by world-leading research - our Communication, Cultural and Media Studies ranked joint 1st in the UK for the proportion of its research outputs rated as world leading (4*) by the Research Excellence Framework 2014

  • Harness our multi-million pound industry-standard facilities, the Creative Technology Studios, which feature a host of audio recording studios, broadcast-standard radio production studios and management systems, alongside stand-alone film studios| equipped with multi-cameras, blue screen and green screen facilities

  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobalwhich can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Recent students have benefited from trips to the Film Festival in Berlin, and exploring fan culture at Wondercon in Los Angeles 


Joint degree options:

Creative Writing and Film Studies combines different kinds of writing skills with a focus on cinema, and emphasises screenwriting.

English Language and Film Studies draws on expertise from our respected team of adaptation specialists, focusing on the relationship between film and fiction.

Film Studies and Journalism allows you to combine vocational journalism skills with film news reporting and film criticism.

Film Studies and Media and Communication focuses on the role played by cinema in the broader media environment.



Since graduating from DMU, Keiran has created his own Film Production Company, ImageNova, and has praised the blend of theoretical and practical projects of his course. He said: “De Montfort University as a whole is continuing to improve their courses and campus, proving a strong contender for any student wishing to make an inspiring start to their further education."

Kieran Chauhan, English and Film Studies BA (Hons)


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

Film Studies and Journalism: PP35

Film Studies and Media: P390

Creative Writing and Film Studies: WP83

English Literature and Film Studies: WQ63

Duration: Three years full-time or six years part-time

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students will be £9,250

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: TBC - Learn more

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

Film Studies and Journalism: PP35

Film Studies and Media: P390

Creative Writing and Film Studies: WP83

English and Film Studies: WQ63

Duration: Three years full-time or six years part-time

Fees and funding: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £14,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.


Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
    In addition for
    • Creative Writing and Film Studies - Creative Writing or English Language or English Literature A level or equivalent at grade C or above. Where A’ level English (Language or Literature) is not being studied, you may be asked to complete a piece of work to support your application.
    • English Literature and Film Studies – English Language or English Literature A level or equivalent at grade C or above
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course 
    In addition for  
    • Creative Writing and Film Studies – Access in Creative Writing or English Language with at least 15 credits in Creative Writing, English Language or English Literature at merit
    • or English Literature with at least 15 credits in English Language or English Literature at merit
    • English Literature and Film Studies – Access in English Language or English Literature with at least 15 credits in English Language or English Literature at merit or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points
    In addition for
    • Creative Writing and Film Studies – English at higher level grade 5
    • English Literature and Film Studies – English at higher level grade 5

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




In addition to the modules listed below you will also study modules from your chosen joint subject each year.

First year modules

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Introduction to Global Film History

Second year modules

  • The New Hollywood
  • Film and TV Genres
  • Disney
  • Contemporary British Cinema


Third year modules

As a Joint Honours student you can choose to do your dissertation in Film Studies or your other subject.

  • Film Studies Dissertation
  • Cult Film
  • Film Exhibition and Consumption
  • The Past on Screen
  • Hollywood Now

Film Studies at DMU is taught by renowned world-class scholars based in our prestigious Centre for the Study of Cinema and Television History (CATH). The teaching team is made up of widely-published academics, film journalists, filmmakers and industry professionals.

The course is taught using a mix of lectures, film screenings, small group discussions, group and practice-led projects, individual tutorials and private study. You will normally attend around 14–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required. You will be provided with lecture support materials through Blackboard, our interactive teaching resource.


Our teaching team has close connections with film directors, writers, distributors and journalists who give guest lectures, ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice. 

Our varied assessment methods develop a range of critical, creative and communication skills. They include essays, research reports, presentations, creative work, film reviews, edited collections and other group projects.


Facilities and features


You will be able to make use of DMU’s excellent library facilities and collections, as well as our state-of-the-art computing and projection facilities. For practical filmmaking, you will benefit from a range of digital-imaging facilities and production equipment. Film screenings at Phoenix Cinema are shown in the latest digital high definition formats and Xpand 3D. You will also benefit from access to our excellent production facilities on campus and the ability to borrow filmmaking equipment.

Film students visit one of Berlin's 'most iconic' cinemas

Students from DMU's Leicester Media School visited ‘one of the most iconic and historically important cinemas in Berlin’ as part of the #DMUglobal visit to the city.

The group explored Kino International cinema in East Berlin, which showed film premieres before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and is still used for premieres due to its unusual style and historical significance. The iconic cinema is even one of the venues of the Berlin International Film Festival.


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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

The course provides a broad grounding in film history, criticism, practice and industry skills. On graduation, you may use the skills you have gained to pursue a variety of careers in the film and cultural industries or beyond, or go on to study or research at postgraduate level.

Over the past five years, graduates from our joint honours courses have gone on to work for employers such as BBC Films, BBC Sport and Odeon Entertainment. They work in roles such as film and television production staff and researchers, writers for film news media, public relations writers and executives, film journalists in print and online, including Little White Lies magazine, independent filmmakers and camera-people, commercial managers, and as teachers and academics.



Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 



The degree offers coaching and guidance for achieving industry placements, and students from DMU have gone on to take up internships with BBC Films, Warp Films and others.

The degree can be taken in sandwich mode – if you find a suitable placement, you can work in the business for a year, receive credit, and return to complete your studies.

Students on our Writing, Reviewing and Film Criticism module (Year One) run a film blog and are set writing commissions by external partners, including Leicester's Phoenix Square cinema.

Students taking our Professional Practice in British Cinema option (Year Two) gain experience of developing and delivering a film festival in a range of roles. These opportunities, alongside the industry focus of our teaching, will allow you to make sense of the cinema industry and film culture from a practical, creative and commercial perspective and also to develop your industry links.

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