BA Film Studies and Art History

Bachelor's degree

In Colchester

£ 9,250 + VAT


  • Typology

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location


  • Duration

    3 Years


About the course
Our distinctive curriculum allows you to take advantage of the most up-to-date developments in the field, and combine different approaches to the study of visual media

You study a variety of different films and a number of different genres, periods and national cinemas

You have the opportunity to develop your interests in the history of the image and in visual communication skills as well as developing your skills of making and analysing film

In the field of art history you cover a broad history and choose from a variety of specialist options

Engage with art works that range from Old Master paintings, through the Pre-Raphaelites and Surrealists, to the most up-to-date contemporary art and visual culture

Modules explore a wide variety of media, including architecture, urbanism, photography and video, as well as painting, drawing, printmaking, performance art and sculpture

This understanding of visual history allows you to complement and enhance your exploration of different world cinemas as you learn about the history of film, and its formal aesthetics, in a variety of contexts of production and reception

You can take modules in filmmaking, taught by film professionals with extensive industry experience

Gain hands-on practical training in all aspects of film production, including camera work, editing, and lighting, scriptwriting, and production management

Designed to support you in making links between critical analysis and creative practice, your production modules enable you to develop and apply your academic knowledge and understanding of film, refining and enriching your own practical work




Colchester (Essex)
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Wivenhoe Park, CO4 3SQ


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  • Art
  • Production
  • Art History
  • Media
  • Film Studies
  • Film Production
  • Teaching

Course programme

Example structure
Studying at Essex is about discovering yourself, so your course combines compulsory and optional modules to make sure you gain key knowledge in the discipline, while having as much freedom as possible to explore your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are just a selection of those available. The opportunity to take optional modules will depend on the number of core modules within any year of the course. In many instances, the flexibility to take optional modules increases as you progress through the course.
Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current first-year students, including details of all optional modules.
Please note that in your first year you choose one of these three modules: Art, Sex and Death; Space, Place and Locality; Art Revolutions. You do not take all three.
Year 1
Art and Ideas: I(A)
Art and Ideas: I(B)
Culture, Work and Society
Approaches to Film and Media
The Enlightenment (optional)
Space, Place and Locality (optional)
Year 2
Narrative and Film (optional)
After Impressionism: European Art From Van Gogh to Klimt (optional)
Becoming Modern: European Art From Futurism to Surrealism (optional)
World Cinema (optional)
Art in Latin America II: Modern and Contemporary
Art, the Law and the Market (optional)
Final year
Photography in History
The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Film, New Media, Software and the Internet
Art and Power (optional)
Inventing the Future: Early Contemporary 1945-1980 (optional)
Advanced Film Production (optional)
Hollywood Directors (optional)
Year abroad
On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.
Close examination of texts written by artists, critics, art historians and philosophers
Subsidised gallery visits to work ‘in situ’ for each course
Gain practical experience in curating, such as handling and installing artworks
Hands-on experience of camerawork and film production
Explore film theory through use of film and literature
Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminar sessions or discussion classes
Art History includes assessed coursework, for example essays, analysis of source material, exhibition reviews and virtual portfolios, coursework reports, oral presentations
Film Studies coursework includes essays, exhibition reviews and virtual portfolios, coursework reports, individual and group presentations, book reviews, viva voce examinations, and an independent research project (a dissertation)
Written examinations are also taken for the majority of modules at the end of each academic year

Additional information

You may produce group films (learning how to work together as a team) as well as personal projects – by graduation you will have built up a fully rounded portfolio of work, enabling you to showcase your creative potential for future employers One of the major reasons for choosing Essex is the quality of the education you will receive We are ranked 6th among art history departments in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and you will be taught by our expert staff in your very first year, a rarity in UK art history courses We are also ranked Top 20 in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2015) for film studies Study abroad We offer you a variety of study abroad options The four-year version of our degree allows you to spend the third year studying abroad without paying a fee, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course Studying abroad can allow you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable and organised We have established partnerships across Europe, the United States, Latin America and Asia, including with world-renowned institutions such as: École du Louvre in France University of Freiburg in Germany University of Bologna in Italy Our expert staff We are a dynamic group of art historians who investigate the production and reception of images and built environment, across cultures and media, from the early modern period to the present day Our art history staff’s research interests include activist art, modernist art and totalitarianism, the relationship of art and science, the artistic status of body modification, expressions of societal anxiety in art, as well as architecture and urbanism The Centre for Film and Screen Media at Essex is part of a unique literary conservatoire that offers talented students the support and confidence to respond both critically and artistically to the study of...

BA Film Studies and Art History

£ 9,250 + VAT