Film Studies BA (International Hons) 2020 entry
The BA (International Hons) in Film Studies explores the interrelated fields of television, print, radio, and other media. This study of contemporary and historical media will show you how representation affects our understanding of gender, sexuality, national identity, racial and ethnic identities, and the influence of global markets and politics.
The BA (International Hons) is a joint degree delivered by both the University of St Andrews and the College of William & Mary in Virginia, USA. This joint degree allows you to spend two years at each institution.
Bachelor of Arts (International Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 June 2024
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
Admission to the BA (International Honours) is highly competitive. These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry.
- Standard entry grades: AAAAB
- Minimum entry grades: AABB
- Standard entry grades: AAA
- Minimum entry grades: ABB
- Standard entry grades: 38 (HL 6,6,6)
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5)
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
How to apply
You can only apply for the programme through one institution, and each institution will honour the admissions decisions of the other. You must specify which subject area you wish to apply for on your application form.
If you wish to begin your studies at the College of William & Mary, you should apply through the William & Mary Common Application form.How to apply
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
No previous knowledge of this subject is required.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.
Film Studies at St Andrews was ranked first in Scotland and second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The Department of Film Studies was ranked number one for media studies in the UK in The National Student Survey 2019 with 100% student satisfaction.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Find out more about studying film at St Andrews.
Students studying the Film Studies BA (International Hons) will take the required modules at both institutions in their first and second years.
The following modules are those offered at St Andrews. Find out more about module requirements at William & Mary.
At St Andrews, the compulsory modules in first year are:
- Key Concepts in Film Studies: examines key concepts and approaches that are relevant to the study of film.
- Global Film History and Historiography: introduces key movements and moments in film history across the first 50 years of film.
At St Andrews, the compulsory modules in second year are:
- Modern World Cinemas: introduces significant cinematic developments across the second half of the 20th century, providing exposure to the work of some of the most significant cineastes in the world.
- Film Culture, Theory, Entertainment: explores a range of political, philosophical and cultural approaches to the cinema, centring on the key insights and breakthrough critical ideas that have informed the study of film and its role in society.
Students will spend either their third or fourth year in St Andrews. You will be able to choose from a wide variety of advanced options.
Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered at St Andrews in previous years:
- British Cinemas: Conventions, Subversions, and Outsiders
- Cinema and Media in the Digital Age
- Feminist Film Studies
- Film and Fashion
- Film Sound
- Horror on Screen
- Images and Impact: Uses of Film
- Race and Representation
- Silent Cinema.
In fourth year, you will have the opportunity to work on an independent research project as part of your degree. If your fourth year is at St Andrews, you will undertake a 10,000-word dissertation on an advanced topic in Film Studies. If your fourth year is at William & Mary, you will have the opportunity to pursue an honours thesis or independent study.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours-level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules available for the current academic year can be found in the module catalogue.
“One of the things you will hear joint degree programme students talk about the most is the initial transition between the two universities. However, these challenges and quirks are what make the programme so unique. I have learned so many skills as a result of having such an international education, so while the initial transition may be difficult, you will be given countless opportunities that you may not have had otherwise!"
Laura (South Queensferry, Scotland)