Liberal Studies (Film Studies)

BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Programme details

  • Next start date: 23 Sep 2019
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fee: January 2019: £17,250, September 2019: £17,500
  • UCAS code: LS18
  • Study abroad: Optional

This programme is modelled on the traditional US liberal arts degree. You will major in one subject area, but will also study a variety of other topics.

The Integrated Foundation is designed for those who do not meet the requirements for direct entry onto the BA (Hons) Liberal Arts (Film Studies). During this year, you will take a broader look at some of the key topics on the degree programme including international relations, psychology and media studies. This will provide you with a foundation of core knowledge and skills to confidently progress onto the degree programme.

The BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Film Studies) programme will develop your understanding of the industrial, historical, political and cultural contexts in which films are made and consumed. You will learn about the film production process from both a theoretical and practical perspective. You will develop your media production skills by creating a series of short films and moving images.

You will also take a selection of elective modules across the Liberal Studies curriculum ranging from art history to international relations, psychology to theatre studies. These modules enable you to diversify your education and develop the broad-based skills valuable in any profession.

In your second year, you will also have the option to spend a term abroad at one of our partner universities. This provides the unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics from another cultural perspective.

This degree programme will give you both the specific technical knowledge and transferable skills to work in many capacities within the film and broadcast industry.

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This is a four-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your Film Studies major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3.  

You can see the full list of elective modules here.

Study abroad

In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in a term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad page.

Please note that an optional study period abroad always take place during degree level studies and is not included in your foundation year.

Foundation Year

Module Title Overview
Foundation Seminar Part 1 and 2 The purpose of these modules is to introduce students to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. The modules considers the Western tradition (including works of literature, philosophy, religion, art and science) from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. The modules will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other. The modules will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Business and Management The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of business, its structure and functions, in a global environment. It will provide students with an understanding of different types of business structure and ownership, key business concepts, economic principles, and major functional areas of a business, including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.

Humanities The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the humanities. It will acquaint them both with the common elements shared between the constituent humanities disciplines and also with the difference in subject matter, approaches and techniques. The module will achieve this by choosing a particular theme that is the subject of interdisciplinary consideration within the humanities. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and diverse examinations of this theme. The module will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

International Relations This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global problems. It also introduces students to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organizations and international law.
Media Studies This module aims to provide students with important conceptual tools for making sense of the relationships between media, society and culture. This module introduces students to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media.
Psychology The aim of this module is to encourage students’ understanding of, and enthusiasm for, psychology by providing a core understanding of the discipline and the topics studied by psychologists. The content will help students build awareness of what modern psychology is and will introduce them to the major branches of psychology. The module will highlight the applied aspects of the discipline and will describe the relevance of psychology to other subjects and disciplines at a theoretical and applied level.
Political Science This module aims to introduce students to the main concepts within the field of Political Science. Class will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, government and many more. Students will be introduced to methods of inquiry and theoretical frameworks that will enable them analytically examine wide range of political phenomena domestically and internationally.
Quantitative Literacy Quantitative Literacy introduces students to the basic concepts of data analysis. This module covers probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on “real world” application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.
Scientific Understanding The module provides an integrated and systemic introduction to the core principles of science. It explores the structure and functioning of our surroundings and of our own being, both at the macro and micro-scale, to include an overview of some of the most recent discoveries in the fields of genetics, gene expression and evolution. The module will also examine the application of current developments in nanotechnology and biotechnology to core areas of the Anthropocene, such as communication and information technological breakthroughs, agriculture, medicine and the environment.

Year 1 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Introduction to Film Studies This module is designed to introduce students to the key techniques, methods and theories associated with the analysis of films and other forms of audiovisual media. You will learn to deconstruct film language with a view to understanding how filmmakers attempt to tell stories, convey meaning and impact on their audiences. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Introduction to Media Production The module will allow students from a broad range of disciplines to gain a level of Media Production literacy. It will combine both theory and practical experience in: planning, preproduction, video & audio recording and post-production. The module should be viewed as both an introduction to the more technical aspects of media production as well as grounding for further production related courses within the school. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Media Analysis and Literacy The purpose of this module is to introduce students to theories of media analysis. The module will investigate media literacy in multi-platform journalism, film and television studies, news and political communications, the internet and gaming. Theoretical foundations will include approaches like semiotic analysis, behavioural development models, mass communications models (such as the work of Marshall McLuhan) and specific philosophical perspectives (such as rhetoric studies). Students will learn the context of each theory and will learn to apply these theories to analyse existing media texts. In addition, students are expected to develop their own theoretically informed information campaigns, demonstrating understanding media analysis techniques and theories. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Film History This module is designed to provide students with an overview of key developments in the history of film, from the late-19th Century short films through to contemporary blockbusters. In doing so, you will be introduced to a diverse range of films, and taught to analyse them in relation to the industrial, technological, economic, cultural, and/or social contexts in which they were made. Throughout the course, students will be taught to think critically about the nature of (film) history itself, with some emphasis on the methods employed by film historians in conducting their research and analysis. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Current Issues in Film Genre This module offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of a specific genre of cinema, covering both its historical development and current state. Through the study of key films that represent the whole range of the genre, you will learn how and why the genre established certain characteristics and how these characteristic evolved over time based on and in response to audience expectations. Ultimately, the module aims to expand student awareness of the history of certain genres, generic markers of filmic expression, prominent artists in the field and the academic discourse about these artists and their work, as well as to help students develop a critical appreciation for those workings of the film industry that allow film genres to thrive and occasionally to be neglected during particular eras. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Introduction to Media Production The module will allow students from a broad range of disciplines to gain a level of Media Production literacy. It will combine both theory and practical experience in: planning, preproduction, video & audio recording and post-production. The module should be viewed as both an introduction to the more technical aspects of media production as well as grounding for further production related courses within the school. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 2 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Media and Ethics This module introduces the descriptive and normative philosophy of ethics to students in relation to media including journalism, photography, film, video, digital and social media, public relations, and advertising. This module focuses on current and influential cases where difficult ethical decisions must be made based on professional, social and legal standards. Students evaluate the logic and ethical reasoning informing media professionals within rapidly changing industries. Based on a mix of practical review of specific cases and ethical theory, students learn to analyse core ethical issues and consequences in contemporary media practices. This module prepares students for understanding and practicing applied ethics in professional and applied media contexts. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Filmmaking: Cinematography & Post-production The module is designed to build upon the student’s previous experience and knowledge of Media Production, but now specifically within the field of Film Production. Students will research and practice some of the cinematography (and post-production) techniques filmmakers use to create mood, adjust tone and influence or frame how a films audience views action and dialogue. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Script Analysis The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental elements of screenwriting and the key skills relating to script reading, script analysis and the role of the script reader and script editor in the development process. Through reading screenplays for produced and unproduced work and by watching films and TV episodes, students will gain confidence assessing and critiquing scripts and also writing script coverage to include loglines, synopses and comments. By becoming familiar with the screenwriter's craft, students will explore giving notes to writers and how script editors can guide and support writers in the rewrite process. Through classroom presentation and discussion, students will gain confidence verbally exploring ideas and critiques. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Film Journalism and Criticism The purpose of this module is to introduce students to multi-platform film criticism and its current and potential future role within the entertainment industry. Students will be introduced to key movements in film theory such as genre fandom in relation to filmic texts themselves. In turn they learn the key distinctions – both in terms of format and usage – between different styles of film journalism ranging from social-media based practice to those found within broadcast and print outlets and will, with guidance, develop their own journalistic abilities to culminate in the production of their own portfolios. Industry professionals from publication editors to specialist and mainstream journalists will deliver mini-lectures concerning their own perspectives and working practices. Current industry practice is embedded in the module and the ethics and business practices of film journalism from home entertainment packaging through to freelance working will also be investigated. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Understanding World Cinemas This module offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of cinema beyond the norms of global Hollywood. Through the study of films and film cultures from around the world, you will learn how and why stylistic, thematic variations in world cinema have emerged from different national, historical, social and political contexts. Ultimately, the module aims to expand student awareness of ‘alternative’ forms of film production, distribution, and exhibition, and to develop a critical appreciation for the spaces and circumstances that allow these to flourish. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 3 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Current Issues in Film Authorship This module offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of a specific author in the world of cinema. The term “author” is broadly defined here so that it can include individual artists (like Alfred Hitchcock, Jane Campion or Quentin Tarantino), groups of artists (the Arthur Freed Unit at MGM) or whole production companies (like Pixar, Disney or Studio Ghibli) that have developed what is regarded as a “house style”. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Media Audiences and Reception This module explores the nature and significance of media audiences within the context of media and cultural studies research more broadly. It emphasises all the ways we can gain access to how audiences themselves understand what they are doing as they watch, listen, read or use different media. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about the traditions of audience and reception research through direct engagement with examples of the research. Students will also experience the challenges of designing and conducting a small-scale research project of their own. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Film and Ideology This module aims to introduce students to film ideologies and the cultural contexts that have produced them. Students will examine filmic texts from across the world in light of ideologies including the politics of ideology, ideologies and change in the multi-platform age, filmic modes of representation, academic and mainstream pedagogies, critical race theory, feminisms, histories of masculine representation, queer theory and Marxist perspectives and examine how films are used both as reflections of culture and also as mechanisms to encourage further filmic and social debate around their subject matter. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Real to Reel: Documentary Theory and Practice This module examines documentary film and television in a way that requires students to bring together analytical and practical skills developed over the course of their degree. Through a combination of screenings, lectures/seminars and practical exercises, key aspects of and approaches to documentary form will be explored. Ultimately, the module aims to develop student understanding of different kinds of documentary and their distinctive modes of address to their audience(s), while simultaneously providing a grounding in practical and ethical issues surrounding the representation of reality in film and television. Core module for Film Studies majors.
Major Capstone (Dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.
Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

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Annual Tuition fee

Starting January 2019: £17,250

Starting September 2019: £17,500

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Teaching

Teaching takes place in small classes of 20 people or less, in order to allow a more individual approach to learning.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions, or your preferred future career.

Academics will use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. The teaching methods include seminars, study groups, role plays, tutorials and external guest speakers. You will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, presentations, portfolio building, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills of independent critical thinking and confidence in decision-making.

Teaching staff

All classes on our Liberal Studies programme are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The Head of Programme is Professor Lawrence Phillips, who holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Leeds, an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in English from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has previously held academic posts at the University of Northampton, Liverpool Hope University and Goldsmiths, University of London.  

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, students receive around 12-13 hours per week on average per term, as the capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one.

You will receive a minimum of 10 hours one-on-one time with a supervisor to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a mix of presentations, journals, essays and exams. Assessment is both practical and theoretical and is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills to adapt to a variety of professional environments.

In Year 3, you will also be asked to complete a liberal studies capstone project. The project will reflect what you have learned in your major, but also the knowledge you have gathered from your elective subjects.

This could be:

  • An essay or dissertation
  • A practical project
  • A report
  • A creative work, plus reflection
  • A portfolio of work , plus reflection
  • Another format (subject to supervisor approval)

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C / 9-4 or international equivalent including Mathematics. Regent’s receives applications from over 170 countries and assesses all international qualifications, for example, we would make an offer of minimum 2.5 GPA for the American High School Diploma.

English requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C / 4 (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades).

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-Campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test. This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected]. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

This programme will provide the technical knowledge and transferrable skills to move into a wide range of careers in the film and broadcast industry or the creative communications sector. Potential career options include:

  • Curation and restoration for museums, corporations and festivals
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Production management
  • Scriptwriting
  • Social media

Liberal studies graduates are suited to a broader range of career options, including:

  • Academia
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Management
  • Politics

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BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Film Studies) with Integrated Foundation

BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Film Studies)