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Film and History (BA)

Bachelor of Arts
Typical offer
AAB-ABBView full entry requirements
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

Film and history are closely linked, with roots going back to the earliest days of cinema. We offer this exciting and challenging joint course for movie lovers and history buffs. You'll study the history of film from a variety of perspectives: as popular art, big business and as a cultural record.

You'll study familiar classics alongside contemporary cinema. Genres you'll explore include:

  • film noir

  • horror

  • science fiction

  • documentary

  • animation

You'll deepen your understanding and enjoyment of film, and develop your critical thinking as part of a lively community.

History modules will cover the development of historical debates and imagining the past. Topics range from ancient societies to the war on terror.

Our Framing the Past module looks at cinema's relationship with history. You'll study films about the distant past of Greece, Rome or Egypt. You'll also study works from more recent times, such as heritage films about the British Empire or the Titanic.

 As part of this course you can:

  • study film noir, animation, horror and sci-fi

  • explore British, European and world cinema

  • discover early film through archive visits

  • access document collections, including the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers

  • use one of the largest Jewish document centres in Europe, the Parkes Archive

  • submit your own film to our annual student film festival

We offer a 4-week summer school at Dongguk University in Seoul. This includes film and cultural orientation courses.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 332.62 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Avenue campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.