Cinema was the major art form of the last century, popular in its appeal and radical in its practices. It transformed our ways of seeing and storytelling, and continues to have an impact on all the arts, shaping the structures of contemporary culture. It is an area of experimentation, of innovative critical investigation, and of immense pleasure.
The degree programmes in Film Studies at Queen's aim to introduce students to the widest possible experience of cinema. Students are exposed to a rich, stimulating curriculum based around in-class film screenings, all of which are held at Queen's Film Theatre (QFT) under normal cinema exhibition conditions. On the Single Honours programme, students also develop their own creative film projects through classes in scriptwriting, editing, cinematography, direction, location filming and post-production sound.
Our Single Honours programme is characterised by the integration of film scholarship and film production, with equal weighting given to both these areas. We offer specialist tuition in advanced film production techniques alongside modules in film history, theory and criticism.
BA Joint Requirements
For BA Joint Honours the requirements are stated separately under each programme.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including:
International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science
Studying for a Film Studies degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
Film Studies, with its practice and professional components, provides an excellent background for work in film, television and other media and creative industries. A degree in Film Studies can lead to careers in education, training and arts administration as well as offering a wide range of career possibilities including postgraduate study.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Our graduates have gone into a diverse range of careers, including the following:
Claire Campbell (Researcher, BBC NI)
Daniel McCabe (Production Trainee, BBC)
Niall McEvoy, (on set VFX supervisor, HBO, Game of Throne)
Grace Sweeney (Camera Department, HBO, Game of Thrones)
Michele Devlin, (Director of The Belfast Film Festival)
Further study is also an option, including details of Masters programmes .
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast full employability statement for further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.