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Film Studies with Languages BA (Hons)

Film Studies with Languages is distinct from the single and joint honours courses as it combines the study of film with the study, from beginner or post-GCSE level, of a foreign language.


Studied alongside your Film Studies degree, this course is ideal for students who dropped languages at school after year nine or GCSEs, or for those who have no background in languages. In both cases, the pathway offers you an essential skill for success in the global job market.

Reasons to study Film Studies with Languages at DMU:

  • Over the past five years, graduates from our courses have gone on to work for employers such as BBC Films, BBC Sport and Odeon Entertainment.
  • You could enhance your global outlook even further with a meaningful international experience with #DMUglobal. This could add a global boost to your CV and really impress employers.
  • Thanks to our special relationship with Leicester’s Phoenix Square cinema, you will be able to enjoy selected teaching and film screenings and could gain practical and commercial experience.
  • You will have the option of a twelve-month work placement and there is help available to find somewhere to complete your placement.
  • You will be taught by a team of widely published academics, film journalists, filmmakers and industry professionals.

You will take a 30-credit beginners’ or post-GSCE module in your chosen language which will equate to two hours of language classes plus one hour of cultural studies per week, learning about the main country/ies associated with your chosen language, its culture and history, and its people.






  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

Film Studies with French: P3R9

Film Studies with Mandarin: P3T1

Duration: Three years full-time or six years part-time

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition fees will be £9,250

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Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

Film Studies with French: P3R9

Film Studies with Mandarin: P3T1

Duration: Three years full-time or six years part-time

Fees and funding: £12,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

Film Studies with French: P3R9
Film Studies with Mandarin: P3T1

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2018 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




Year one modules 

  • Introduction to Film Studies 
  • Introduction to Film History 
  • Writing, Reviewing and Film Criticism 
  • Language module (Basic User A1 or A2 depending on entry language level)

Year two modules 

  • World Cinemas 
  • Hollywood 
  • Professional Practice in British Cinema 
  • Media, Gender and Identity 
  • Language module (Basic User A2 or Independent User B1 depending on entry language level)


Year three modules 

  • Dissertation 
  • Cult Film 
  • Case Studies in Film Genre
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Audiences and Fandom
  • Language module (Independent User B1 or Independent User B2 depending on entry language level)

The Film Studies programme is based in DMU’s prestigious centre for the study of Cinema and Television History. The teaching team is made up of widely published academics, film journalists, filmmakers and industry professionals, and you will become part of a vibrant film culture at the university. 

On a day-to-day level the course is taught using a mix of lectures, screenings, small-group discussions, group projects, individual tutorials and private study. Assessment includes essays, research reports, edited collections, creative work, presentations and film reviews. 


Each year’s 30-credit language module focuses on language competence/skills classes (two hours per week) and a weekly ‘cultural awareness’ class (one hour) learning about the history, culture and people, institutions, politics and literature of the main country/ies that speak your chosen language. In the final year there may be an opportunity to study language for specific purposes, e.g. languages for business. 

Our languages pathway gives you the opportunity to study abroad between Years two and three of your degree studies. The experience of living in a different culture and practising your language skills in the real world will broaden your life experience and, again, enhance your employability. It’s an opportunity to make useful contacts as well as adding to your CV.


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Facilities and features


You will be able to make use of DMU’s excellent library facilities and collections, as well as our state-of-the-art computing and projection facilities. For practical filmmaking, you will benefit from a range of digital-imaging facilities and production equipment. Film screenings at Phoenix Cinema are shown in the latest digital high definition formats and Xpand 3D. You will also benefit from access to our excellent production facilities on campus and the ability to borrow filmmaking equipment.

Film Studies students have enjoyed blockbuster field trips with #DMUglobal

Previously, students have been able to engage with a thriving media culture by participating in the Hong Kong International Film Festival, which presented around 300 international films in 11 venues across the dynamic city. 

Students also visited one of the most significant festivals on the international film calendar; the Berlin Film Festival in Germany, gaining first-hand experience of how a major international festival functions. 

Recently, students have also benefitted from a trip to Hollywood to immerse themselves in fan culture, attending the internationally renowned fan convention ‘WonderCon’ to bring their studies to life.  

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

The course provides a broad grounding in film history, criticism, practice and industry skills. On graduation, you may use the skills you have gained to pursue a variety of careers in the film and cultural industries or beyond, or go on to study or research at postgraduate level.

Over the past five years, graduates from our joint honours courses have gone on to work for employers such as BBC Films, BBC Sport and Odeon Entertainment. They work in roles such as film and television production staff and researchers, writers for film news media, public relations writers and executives, film journalists in print and online, including Little White Lies magazine, independent filmmakers and camera-people, commercial managers, and as teachers and academics.



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



Our teaching team has close connections with film directors, writers, distributors and journalists who give guest lectures. DMU Film Studies is closely affiliated with Leicester’s Phoenix Square.

Students on our Writing, Reviewing and Film Criticism module (Year one) run a film blog and are set writing commissions by external partners, including Phoenix Square. Students taking our Professional Practice in British Cinema option (Year two) gain experience of developing and delivering a film festival in a range of roles.

These opportunities, alongside the industry focus of key parts of our wider teaching, will allow you to make sense of the cinema industry and fi lm culture from a practical, creative and commercial perspective and also to develop your industry links.

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