About the Department of Film Studies

Established in 2004, the Department of Film Studies covers the breadth of film and media studies. It was ranked first for its subject in the UK in the 2019 National Student Survey with 100% student satisfaction and second for Media and Film Studies in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020.  

The Department is dedicated to the study of cinema from a global perspective, moving beyond the canon of Hollywood and European film to engage with a diverse range of practices, cultures, movements, genres, and forms.

Staff expertise, a lively research environment of conferences, events, and screenings and state-of-the-art facilities offer students the chance to study and experience the richness and variety that cinema, in all its forms, offers.

The Department covers a wide range of film and media history. Particular strengths include work on film festivals, documentary and "useful" cinema, and early film culture.

Staff members are leaders in their field. Together, they have authored or edited over 20 books, received extensive external funding and currently supervise more than 20 PhD students.

Film Studies is centrally located in two buildings on North Street and is next door to the local independent cinema, New Picture House, which screens popular films. The Department works closely with the Byre Theatre, while Dundee, the closest city, boasts an excellent arthouse cinema at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre.