Film Studies and Drama BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Film Studies and Drama is an ideal combination. You’ll study acting techniques, film theory, cinema in the digital age, directors, scriptwriting and more.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC


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Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478464

About the course

Here are two subjects that naturally go together. You’ll study the different genres and styles of film, from silent movies to contemporary digital image making, and look at film theory too. You’ll also be able to explore the dramatic arts, learning about the history and techniques of play-acting, while having the chance to get involved in productions.

On your course you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules in both film and drama. You can build up a strong foundation of both subjects before moving on to what really fascinates you.

Studying film, we’ll look at a wide range of cinematic forms. From the latest Hollywood blockbuster through to challenging avant-garde works, you’ll be able to study a rich and varied selection of genres. We’ll also look at topics like national cinemas, and the work of individual filmmakers. You could look at adaptation -how great works of literature are adapted to life on the big screen.

But it’s not all theory. We’ll also give you the chance to try your hand at filmmaking too. If you choose one of our documentary filmmaking modules you could get behind the camera and start exploring.

On the drama side of the course, we’ll look at both theory and practice. We aim to give you a thorough grounding in drama techniques, approaches to developing performance and to perform yourself. It’s all about giving you the opportunity to develop your own skills, helping you produce intelligent, thoughtful and innovative work.


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects.

Throughout the course I gained a lot of experience working with professional theatre companies. I developed many essential skills and gained insight into how real companies create and develop work. This has had a lasting impact into how I work and create theatre today.

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Kathryn Blackburn, Drama BA(Hons) in 2016

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level including a minimum grade B in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma preferably in a Drama or English subject

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above to include modules in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts
  • 112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts.

Applicants will be invited to attend a Selection Day, at which they will participate in a workshop by way of audition. Some applicants may also be invited to interview.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Hear from our students

Olivia is studying for a BA(Hons) in Film Studies and Drama. In her film she talks about her love of film and how the course and opened up so many different opportunities and routes for her to go down.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Film

The module will enable you to develop an understanding of the key issues and concepts which inform the study of film. You will explore a broad range of filmic texts, from silent cinema to contemporary cinema. The module maps the historical and cultural significance of generic categorisation, the development of 'film language' and the various ways in which film, as an artistic and cultural form, has been categorised and critiqued. The module also introduces you to some key skills regarding the production of digital film and encourages you to integrate and implement a creative understanding of the film-making process as part of a broader exploration of film style and language. Assessment is through an essay and an analytical portfolio focusing on a particular genre.

Critical Approaches to Media and Popular Culture

This module introduces you to a number of key terms which provide crucial linchpins to the way we understand and experience popular culture. By exploring a range of relevant case studies, and the relationship between them, you will build a conceptual framework for analysing and understanding popular texts and activities. As part of this exploration, you will focus on a variety of media, such as television, radio and digital platforms, as well as considering the cultural practices which characterise popular media both in some of its historical and contemporary forms. Assessment is through an essay and a presentation.

Documentary Film-Making (1)

This module offers you the opportunity to develop your basic practical skills in film-making. You will learn the initial techniques involved in the planning, pitching, filming and editing processes of making a short documentary film to semi-professional standards. Assessment is through a storyboard, a pitch and then a five-minute documentary film with a reflective report.

Text into Performance

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the ways in which a play script can form the basis for a live theatre production through working together as a company to stage a short text. Questions of character, structure, meaning and dramaturgy can be explored through the challenge of staging the work. Assessment takes the form of the practical project and a written report or portfolio.

Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1B

This weekly workshop/lecture/seminar introduces you to a range of historical performance practices from the late-Victorian period to the present. The seminars are designed to encourage you to probe and debate the issues raised with reference to texts taken from a range of cultures and periods. Each week you will be asked to examine theatrical play texts and performances in historical context using theories of performance. You will have the opportunity to gain insight into how conceptions of character and plot converge and/or diverge over time and explore how social, political, and artistic ideas have affected theatre over time. The assessment of this module is based entirely on coursework consisting of written and presentational assignments.

Teaching and assessment

18.54% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars workshops etc. You'll be taught by experienced teachers and researchers. Your progress will be assessed using essays, examinations, individual projects, group projects, presentations, practical production, and dissertation or extended project in the final year of study.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Our Students and Graduates

Click on the images below to read more about our current students and graduates work experiences

Your Career

As a film studies graduate you are valued for your ability to think analytically, logically and critically; articulate opinion; and tailor your writing to suit different audiences.

*Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

89-92%Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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