Film Studies

Film Studies at St Andrews is defined by a particular focus on film cultures, examining the multiple sites and practices (institutions, audience networks, activist campaigns, media technologies, etc.) that contribute to the meanings and social functions film can assume across different times and geographical locations. As a film student, you will study both canonical films and marginal practices with attention to the multiple configurations of historical film cultures and the changing shape of Film Studies as a discipline today.

Studying film at St Andrews will help you master a range of research skills and acquire knowledge related to national and transnational film traditions, the dynamics of the global film industry, the history of film technologies and modes of film spectatorship, and the current range of theoretical and historiographical approaches to film and media.

Courses

Undergraduate

Film Studies MA (Hons)
Film Studies BA (International Hons)

Joint degree options

You can take Film Studies MA (Hons) with another subject as part of a joint degree.

Postgraduate

Taught

Film Studies MLitt

PhDs

Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

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Film Studies research areas

The focus of film scholarship at St Andrews is centred around the transnational life of film, a theme that encompasses three clusters of analysis: representation, circulation and preservation.

Recently, the Department of Film Studies has expanded scholarly practice in new directions, including the study of political movement and activism, sexuality and architecture in film.

Film Studies research groups

The Department of Film Studies currently has two research groups:

The CFS is characterised by research into the transnational life of film and focuses on global interactions that film encounters and facilitates on its travels.

 

IGCCC focuses on postgraduate teaching, research, and publishing in the study of global culture, film festivals, and digital developments.

Facilities

The Department of Film Studies is located in two buildings on North Street near the town's cinema. All Film Studies modules include course-related screenings which take place in a custom-built theatre with excellent screening equipment.

The University Library holds an extensive collection of film and audiovisual materials: 5,500 Film Studies books; 100 film, television and media-related journals; and 11,700 individual audio-visual titles. The DVD collection includes films and holdings of extremely rare reference materials such as ethnographic films and documentaries by filmmakers like Anand Patwardhan, Frederick Wiseman and Jean Rouch.

The Film Studies Postgraduate Centre houses a DVD collection, new computers, postgraduate workspaces, viewing stations and off-air recording facilities.

Careers for graduates in Film Studies

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 and cinema festival programming, or arts administration – to other spheres, such as publishing, journalism, public relations and education.

Previous Film Studies graduates have found positions as:

  • broadcast journalists
  • media architects
  • TV research and development assistants
  • marketing and PR assistants
  • freelance writers
  • field crew leaders
  • assistant producers
  • wildlife presenter and documentary film producers
  • festival programming associates
  • supporter fundraising administrators.

See recent graduate employment case studies.

Work experience

Work experience is invaluable when it comes to securing graduate-level employment. There are a number of opportunities to gain work experience in Film Studies at St Andrews:

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available to prospective undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students.

Undergraduates

Faculty of Arts scholarships offer financial assistance for students studying in the Faculty of Arts who are academically gifted but would otherwise struggle with the cost of studying at St Andrews. 

Undergraduate scholarships

Postgraduates

The University of St Andrerws offers a range of postgraduate funding opportunities.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

Find out about funding for postgraduate research.

Funding for PhD students

Awards

REF 2014

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 80% of the research from the the Department of Film Studies was recognized as world leading and internationally excellent.

Contact

Department of Film Studies
University of St Andrews
99 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AD

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 7473
Email: filmstudies@st-andrews.ac.uk

Film Studies website Film Studies research portal