Film studies

Making and analysing film is about seeing the world through your own unique lens.

Film studies
If you have a natural curiosity for the world, our courses are ideal. 

We offer practical experience complemented and informed by insights into a variety of global cinemas, as well as related media and cultural productions. We offer a unique opportunity to look at film and media differently, exploring their technical aspects and social significance, while developing critical, industry-specific and transferable skills.

If you want to study film at a top university, Essex is the place for you - we're top 5 for Dance, Drama and Cinematics in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

Why study here?
  • Access HD cameras, extensive editing facilities, a film library and a dedicated cinema.
  • 93% of our film studies students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2019).
  • Our close links with film, TV and publishing industries give you excellent career prospects and opportunities for paid work experience.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
At Essex we have a proven track record of putting theory into practice. 

Whether your focus is critical or creative, whether you’re starting out in the field or looking for a career refresher, our courses are your ideal next step. We provide everything you need to make the most of your love of film in the UK’s fast-growing creative industries sector, which is why we've been ranked 3rd for Dance, Drama and Cinematics (TGUG 2018).

Why study here?
  • Our close industry links enable you to attend master classes and apply for paid internships and work placements.
  • You have access to HD cameras, extensive editing facilities, a film library and a dedicated cinema.
  • Work with internationally recognised academics and award-winning professional practitioners.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
We offer a uniquely interdisciplinary environment for undertaking a PhD in film studies as a critical thesis and based on creative practice. 

We combine expertise in film history, theory and practice, including cinema from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, documentary and experimental films, as well as feminist, psychoanalytic and Marxist theory, and postcolonial studies.

Why study here?
  • Be part of an active and collaborative research community.
  • We run weekly research seminars with speakers invited from the UK and abroad.
  • Our research students organise and present at our annual PhD conference.
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