Why Study Film?

Final Year Film Studies students outside the Byre Theatre

Final Year Film Studies students outside the Byre Theatre

In an increasingly media-saturated world, the study of film, in all its forms, holds an integral place in our critical understanding of the modern world. Film Studies graduates benefit from a diverse array of career opportunities. These range from those that specifically relate to film – whether in academia, creative industries, film festival/ cinema programming or arts administration – to other spheres, such as publishing, journalism, public relations and education.

Why St Andrews? 

St Andrews is one of the highest ranked UK institutions to offer an Undergraduate degree in Film Studies (ranked 3rd in the Guardian University Guide, 2017). Furthermore, the nature of the Undergraduate programme at St Andrews, where students take modules in multiple subjects, encourages an interdisciplinary approach to film and ensures that Film Studies’ students leave with knowledge and expertise beyond film.

Noted for its outstanding level of student satisfaction at all levels of course instruction (ranked 1st for Student Satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey), Film Studies at St Andrews offers a comprehensive study of global cinema in all its forms. It challenges students to develop their own interests within the discipline and provides a host of opportunities beyond the core syllabus. The course is open to those who have had no previous experience of learning about cinema as well as those who may have studied film and media subjects at school.

Our teaching is strongly shaped by the cutting edge research of our staff. Students will be taught by leading academics in small classes with state of the art facilities, and will become an active part of a friendly, inclusive and vibrant department. Staff and students work closely together and we continually look to develop our teaching and curriculum in line with latest developments in the discipline. Our external examiner described the feedback provided to students as ‘the strongest I have seen’ and ‘stellar across the board’. We were praised in our recent 6-yearly teaching review for our ‘high level of curricular innovation’ and our ‘varied and skills-oriented assessment methods.’ Our external examiner further praised ‘the varied assessments across the program which really push your students to think and write in different registers that will be useful to them in their future work.’ In addition to our degree programme, we host numerous extra-curricular activities, including festivals, screenings, workshops and talks with academics and leading film personnel. To learn more about our programme from our students, visit our teaching blog.

About the Film Studies Course