Combine film and media theory with practical skills including film-making, animation and digital publishing on our Film and Media degree in Cambridge.
"I was always very interested in the visual world. Studying film was the perfect way to combine a passion for photography with movement and sound."CATARINA RODRIGUES
BA (Hons) FilmCatarina's ARU experience
Our BA (Hons) Film and Media degree course will introduce you to the key issues and debates in film and media from feminism and postmodernism to the impact of film, TV, music and the media on society, including politics, youth culture and technology.
You’ll also create your own short films in video, animation or 16mm format. Working in our professional TV and film studios, you’ll be trained in all aspects of the craft, including camera operation, sound recording and editing.
You’ll also be able to focus on particular areas of interest, including digital publishing (building apps), radio production, and screenwriting.
Highlights of the course:
As a Film and Media student at ARU, you’ll learn the language of film from the perspective of a film-maker, and use this to inform your own short films. You’ll also explore current issues around our data-driven society through modules in digital media theory, celebrity culture, and debates about media’s impact on news, conflict, and law. You'll use this knowledge in the production of apps, podcasts or online platforms.
You’ll have the opportunity to carry out a work placement, or produce a commissioned product, in the area of your choice as you prepare for a career in film- and media-related roles, including production, post-production, digital content creation, digital marketing, and journalism. You’ll take part in live briefs with our partner organisations - our students recently worked with mental health charity Lifecraft, producing a series of short videos about the charity for their website and social media channels - and can also take an optional placement year as part of the course.
Throughout your BA (Hons) Film and Media degree course, you’ll be supported by our team of expert lecturers and a close-knit community of students and graduates.
What’s more, you can choose to study abroad as part of your course, and get funding to cover the cost.
The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, and Film & Screen Studies, and Communication, Cultural & Media Studies research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
What are the benefits of a Film and Media degree?
With the proliferation of online media and the 'pivot to video', there’s never been a better time to pursue a career in film-making, whether your ambition is to work on major or indie films; series or documentaries on streaming services; or videos for websites and social media.
What’s more, with the recent advent of 'fake news', the world needs graduates who can use their skills to critically evaluate false and misleading online content.
Studying ARU’s Film and Media degree unlocks a wealth of unique opportunities to maximise your skills, gain valuable experience, and develop your professional network.
You’ll have access to industry-standard film-making equipment, with highly-skilled academic and technical staff on hand to show you how to get the best from it and improve your work. You’ll have space to experiment with different types of film-making and discover your niche.
You’ll also be able to take advantage of our industry connections, with chances to undertake work experience, placements, and live briefs – real-life challenges set by our business partners.
International student Michael talks about moving to study in the UK, and how the course has helped his confidence as a writer and filmmaker.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Michael Bruce
Enjoy a highlights video of the Royal Television Society East Student Awards Ceremony, hosted at ARU in March 2023
Screenwriting Lecturer Toby talks about his creative work, including BAFTA-winning Netflix horror film ‘His House’.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Toby Venables
Alumnus Megan talks about how studying creative writing helped her career in marketing, and grew her confidence in sharing her writing.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Megan Herdson
"I was always very interested in the visual world. Studying Film was the perfect way to combine a passion for photography with movement and sound."Catarina's ARU experience
A film by Tom Goodridge (BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies), Matt Cairns (BA (Hons) Film Studies) and Harry Pull (BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies)
A film by students Julia Kozuszna (BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies) and Jorvan White (BA (Hons) Writing and Film Studies)
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As part of your studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative industries facilities including:
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What can I do with a Film and Media degree?
Our Film and Media degree course is designed to give you a thorough knowledge of both the theory and practice of film and media. It will help you prepare for many film- and media-related roles, including film and television production and post-production, film journalism, cinema and film festival management, film programming and curation, publishing, broadcasting, web design and public relations.
You might set your sights on film-making itself. Graduates typically start their film careers as runners, camera assistants, programme researchers, second assistants, or junior technicians on set, but as you accrue experience and make connections, you could turn your hand to more specialised jobs in sound, lighting, effects, writing, editing and producing.
Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our MA Film and Television Production. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
Our links with local and national organisation will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies including the BBC, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK, Sight and Sound magazine, and Watersprite Film Festival.
We’re an official Blackmagic Design training partner, which means you can get certification in their DaVinci Resolve video editing software.
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