Film Studies BA (International Hons)

In St Andrews

£ 40,990 VAT inc.
  • Typology

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location

    St andrews (Scotland)

  • Duration

    4 Years


The BA (International Hons) in Film Studies explores the interrelated fields of television, print, radio, and other media. This study of contemporary and historical media will show you how representation affects our understanding of gender, sexuality, national identity, racial and ethnic identities, and the influence of global markets and politics.

The BA (International Hons) is a joint degree delivered by both the University of St Andrews and the College of William & Mary in Virginia, USA. This joint degree allows you to spend two years at each institution.




St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ


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To take into account

The BA (International Honours) in Film Studies emphasises world cinema, and you will be able to select specialist courses offered at both universities such as: cinemas of India documentary film and sexual identities horror film war and film. You will also have the opportunity to develop skills in film production, programming and wider media at William & Mary. The BA (International Honours) is a broadly based degree, and other combinations – such as joint Honours degrees – are not available with this programme. However, during the programme you will have opportunities to study a range of other subjects offered by both institutions.

Film Studies graduates are well placed to compete in today’s job market, having gained an extensive range of skills from written and oral communications to archival research and visual analysis. A degree in Film Studies from St Andrews will provide an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers as well as for careers directly connected with cinema, such as: film distribution and production arts administration cinema management film festivals advertising and public relations journalism and media publishing education.

SQA Highers AAAB GCE A-Levels AAA IB points 38

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What you'll learn on the course

  • Film Studies
  • Media
  • Moving Image
  • Film and Fashion
  • Film Sound
  • Images and Impact
  • British Cinemas
  • World Cinema
  • Film Culture
  • Study of film

Course programme


Students studying the Film Studies BA (International Hons) will take the required modules at both institutions in their first and second years.

1st Year

At St Andrews, the compulsory modules in first year are:

  • Key Concepts in Film Studies: examines key concepts and approaches that are relevant to the study of film.
  • Film History and Historiography: introduces key movements and moments in film history across the first 50 years of film.
2nd Year

At St Andrews, the compulsory modules in second year are::

  • Modern World Cinemas: introduces significant cinematic developments across the second half of the 20th century, providing exposure to the work of some of the most significant cineastes in the world.
  • Film Culture, Theory, Entertainment: explores a range of political, philosophical and cultural approaches to the cinema, centring on the key insights and breakthrough critical ideas that have informed the study of film and its role in society.

Students will spend either their third or fourth year in St Andrews. You will be able to choose from a wide variety of advanced options.

Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered at St Andrews in previous years:

  • Modernity and the Moving Image
  • Film and Fashion
  • Film Sound
  • Images and Impact: Uses of Film
  • British Cinemas: Conventions, Subversions, and Outsiders.

In fourth year, you will have the opportunity to work on an independent research project as part of your degree. If your fourth year is at St Andrews, you will undertake a 10,000-word dissertation on an advanced topic in Film Studies. If your fourth year is at William & Mary, you will have the opportunity to pursue an honours thesis or independent study.

Additional information

programme Fee  £29,190 ($39,990)
£ 40,990 VAT inc.