Literature and Film Studies

Literature and Film studies at UWE examines the complex interrelations of literature and cinema.

BA(Hons) Literature and Film Studies provides a solid foundation in film and literary studies, uniquely combining the two disciplines. The course is focused primarily on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; and it engages with British and American film and literature, and European and world traditions. It will allow you to specialise in particular areas of interest, such as adaptation, contemporary film, documentary, the fantastic, Hollywood, postcolonial fiction, and world cinema.

Teaching and research expertise

You will be taught by nationally, and internationally-recognised academics in a supportive and collaborative community. You can find out more about the academic team, their teaching expertise and research interests.  

Full-time students take four year-long modules per year. Each will include an average of three hours of contact time per week through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, small-group and individual tutorials.

Your work will be assessed through a variety of traditional and innovative means. These include anthology design, case studies, essays, exams, festival programming, and presentations. Modules provide the necessary skills development for these different kinds of assessment; skills which will prove essential to your subsequent career.

Student experience

Staff have strong relationships with local cinemas and festivals, and there are opportunities to gain work experience and make professional connections. Some of our links in Bristol and the South West include the Bristol Festival of Ideas, the Bristol Radical Film Festival, the Bristol Shakespeare Festival and the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

Students are supported throughout their studies by an Academic Personal Tutor providing academic advice and guidance. Student Support Advisers offer further academic information and advice, and can help to co-ordinate support for your studies. We also provide academic study skills support.

Literature and Film Studies community

Literature and Film Studies is based on the Frenchay Campus in the Department of Arts and Cultural Industries. Bristol’s vibrant culture is an exceptional resource and there is an ongoing exchange between the University and the city.

You can join the English Society and the Film Society, which host a range of events, including open mic nights and film screenings. You can also submit poetry or articles for the English Society’s Cellar Door magazine, and further develop your writing skills through UWE Bristol student media, including the Western Eye and a host of blogs.

Employable graduates

Our graduates emerge mature and confident with excellent communication and analytical skills, ideally placed for a variety of rewarding careers across cultural and creative industries. You will develop as students of literature and film, and gain transferable skills in communication, presentation, creative expression, analysis and critique.

Graduates enter a range of sectors, including publishing, editing and digital content creation; festival and cultural event management; teaching; and marketing. Some also go onto further study.

Find out what our students have to say about their experiences of studying at UWE.

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