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FilmPart of HumanitiesUndergraduate study


As an undergraduate you will benefit from the world-class research facilities, educational resources and amenities that make Southampton one of the best learning environments in the UK.

Wider University facilities

The University’s continued investment in research facilities, totalling £200m over four years, has resulted in a number of state-of-the-art buildings. These include the award-winning EEE building, interdisciplinary Mountbatten Building and the Life Sciences Building, which opened in September 2010.

We also have an enviable library service, with five libraries offering a total of 2.6 million publications and a wide range of online resources as well as dedicated study areas and IT facilities.

Information and advice

The Student Services Centre is the central point of contact for all student queries. A dedicated team of trained advisors provides up-to-date advice and information about accommodation, enrolment, exams, fees, funding, graduation and ID cards.

Access to IT

All of our campuses and halls of residence are equipped with state-of-the-art computer facilities. These include high-speed wireless internet access, network points for laptops and public workstations.

Students with a disability, specific learning difficulty or chronic medical condition can take advantage of our specialist equipment and assistive technology. Contact us to get help and advice with student services provision.

Culture and nightlife

The Southampton University Students’ Union (SUSU), located at Highfield Campus, is the hub of the University social scene. SUSU is led by students for the benefit and interest of students. It's here to represent your voice on issues at local, national and international level. It has fantastic facilities and services which provide a thriving social scene for all our different communities of students. All SUSU members also have access to free and confidential advice and support.


The Unilink bus service provides a quick connection for the city’s shops, marinas, bars and restaurants. They also serve the airport, coach and main train stations.

Southampton itself provides excellent opportunities to see films outside the course, on campus at the Phoenix Film Society and the Students' Union Film Society, and in the city where there are two mainstream multiplex cinemas. The Harbour Lights cinema and The Screen at Winchester offer exciting programmes of both popular and independent releases.

Teaching facilities

Most Film Studies courses are taught through a combination of lectures, screenings and seminars. Some modules, such as those for screenwriting, also have workshops to develop your ideas, and all students can meet with their tutors to discuss their progress, plan for coursework, and gain face-to-face feedback. We believe the latter is very important for your academic development and take it very seriously. Based at the University's Avenue Campus, we have 35mm, 16mm and DVD screening facilities, and an extensive video and DVD library of over 8000 titles, many of them commercially unavailable. We offer specialist practical modules in creative writing and in pitching projects to the film and television industries.

As part of our Digital Humanities initiative our students will also have access to our Film lab which includes a Mac creative suite with latest high specification technology, high definition cameras and LED TV displays. Webcams and Skype are also used to collaborate with digital media researchers in other disciplines throughout the University.

As part of your studies, for example in the Second Year Module on early and silent cinema, and later in your dissertation, you will be conducting research in local and national archives, as well as the resources of our University library. This will give you the kind of first-hand experience as a researcher that has proved valuable to many of our students as they enter the workplace after graduating.
There are a number of very active film and media societies at the University, with many of our Film students holding major roles in their organization and activities. Getting involved in their work is a key, and very enjoyable, part of the undergraduate experience, but also reinforce a set of social, organizational and technical skills that will be useful to you in the future.

The Harbour Lights cinema is one of several in Southampton
A range of local film venues
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