Films have been vital cultural outputs for over one hundred years. The context in which they are produced and distributed is constantly changing but their importance as documents of our times remains, as does the pleasure they give to audiences across the world and their potential influence on the way those audiences may see the world.
Film Studies at Liverpool offers you the chance to study with recognised scholars of film cultures and industries around the world, offering a wide-ranging and sophisticated academic programme in this critical field. Our students have an interest in world cultures and a desire to fully appreciate the ways in which these cultures have expressed themselves through film. We encourage you to become an independent learner, and support you through our dedicated library resources, including a wide variety of films from all periods and sources available for private study, e-learning initiatives and structured tasks outside the classroom.
Choosing this subject as a Joint
Film Studies is a popular Joint degree choice, especially (but not exclusively) with cognate subjects such as Communications and Media, English or Music. A joint degree in Film Studies allows you to develop your understanding of film in the context of another discipline, and vice versa.
Joint students in Film studies take 60 credits in Film per year. In Year 1 your programme will not include FILM 106 or COMM 152. In Years 2 and 3 the full range of Film modules are available to you, although the number which you select is limited to two per semester. In Year 3 you may do a Dissertation module in Film or in your other Joint subject (but not both).
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
124 Year One undergraduates in 2018
UK league tables
Ranked 19th for Modern Languages in the Guardian University Guide 2018
The Department has recently moved to a fully-refurbished Grade I listed building in the beautiful Georgian Abercromby Square. We have our own Language Lounge which is stocked with language-learning resources and provides a beautiful and contemplative environment for group work or private study. It has five PCs specialising in language learning programmes. We have our own Modern Language film collection which is available to students for loan.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) graded 72% of our staff publications as world-leading or internationally excellent with the remaining 28% considered to be of recognised international quality. This ranks us above Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford and Exeter.
Why this subject?
Learn a language the Liverpool way
At Liverpool, you can choose which level to learn at with confidence, knowing we are specialists in teaching languages to all levels. all levels. Beginners will benefit from our years of experience in accompanying students in their first steps in their chosen language; advanced students will find their knowledge broadened and deepened.
Access new facilities
Our fully-refurbished Language Lounge is the centre of departmental life. It is a lively place where you can work on your language skills with the aid of online resources, watch foreign-language films, meet someone for a chat in your chosen language or simply settle down with "un espresso".
Experience our ‘connected’ Liverpool curriculum
Our teaching is informed by partnerships with organisations across and outside the University. As part of your modules, you may visit an exhibition, deliver a language taster in a school, do an internship in one of our partner organisations, or interview a film maker. Our department routinely organises visits by award-winning writers, directors and translators who will share valuable insights into their work and we recently received a University Learning and Teaching award for enriching the experience of studentsin and beyond the classroom.
Pursue your own adventure
Throughout your degree you will have opportunities to choose and research a subject that interests you as part of your assessment, whether as a book report, presentation or research project leading up to a dissertation.
Broaden your understanding of language and culture with a year abroad
You’ll spend your third year teaching English, attending university, completing a work placement or working for a non-government organisation (NGO) in one or more countries relevant to the language or languages you are studying.