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Philosophy and Film Studies

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

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Important information

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    6 Years

To enhance your knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of film as well as deepening your grasp of some of the key issues in the history of philosophy.

Important information

Requirements: GCSE(s) Preferred: English, grade C


Where and when

Starts Location
01 October 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Film Studies
Skills and Training

Course programme

Course overview

Philosophy and Film Studies complement each other very well. Film Studies offers an excellent balance of theory and practice, allowing you to engage with essential critical and aesthetic approaches to a range of films, and to apply these to a variety of practical projects. You will benefit from industry-standard facilities, including TV studios, multimedia suites plus digital video and 16mm film production and editing suites.

Philosophy encourages you to explore concepts and ideas through study and discussion, and to develop valuable analytical skills as well as honing your powers of reflection and judgement. You will consider questions about reality, art, truth, and the human condition through studying some of the most important thinkers in the history of the subject. Complementing elements of film theory, you will develop a critical awareness of the historical, cultural and intellectual debates that have fascinated us for centuries, and continue to exercise us today.

You will be studying in two subject areas both rated very highly in The Guardian league tables, and with staff who are proud of outstanding reputations for teaching and research.

Core modules

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Western Civilisation
  • Meanings of Life
  • Introduction to Film and Cinema
  • Reason and Experience
  • Mind and World
  • Ethics
  • Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Existence and Authenticity
  • Theorizing the Specular and Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • Undergraduate Major Project in Philosophy or Film Studies
  • Varieties of Scepticism
  • Philosophical Texts
  • Autobiography
  • Good and Evil
  • Philosophy of Religion

Optional modules

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Western Civilisation
  • Meanings of Life
  • Visualization, Research and Storyboarding (Recommended)
  • Film and Genre
  • Introduction to Video
  • History of Cinema
  • Reason and Experience
  • Mind and World
  • Ethics
  • Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Existence and Authenticity
  • Film, Identity and Globalization
  • Documentary Film Theory
  • 16mm Film-making
  • Introduction to European Cinema
  • Independent Cinema: US and Beyond
  • Video Documentary
  • Animation
  • European Cinema and Identity
  • Varieties of Scepticism
  • Philosophical Texts
  • Autobiography
  • Good and Evil
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Film Art
  • Film, Modernity and Post-modernity
  • Creative Practice in Film & Video
  • Working in Film
  • Avant-Garde Film and Experimental Video
  • Multiplexed: Contemporary Popular Cinema
  • Anglia Language Programme

Additional course information

The course approaches the study of film in a number of different ways, from the close reading of an individual film, to a broader consideration of film as an industry or as a cultural product. You will also have the chance to study experimental practices in film, as well as film-making from across the world and throughout the history of cinema. This course will enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of film, as well as provide you with a range of practical skills required by today's film industry.


Assessment is via a mix of examination, essays, portfolios, presentations, reviews, reports and Major Project. Methods of assessment include case studies, critical essays, journals and logbooks, presentations, portfolios, evaluative reports, exams and reviews, plus a range of production modes in Internet, print, radio, film and video.

As part of their learning students are encouraged to seek work placements and to generate commissioned work in a range of modules. These form part of the assessment where undertaken. Students are also required to give critical evaluations of creative work undertaken and in 'crits' where they present and defend their own work. Each year students undertake Personal Development Planning (PDP) which encourages reflection on progress to date and the achievement of transferable skills and knowledge.


6 years, part-time.

Teaching times

  • Mon 10.00am-4.00pm
  • Thurs 11.00-2.00pm

Teaching times for guidance only and subject to change.

Additional information

Career opportunities: Our graduates go on to a huge variety of careers, including teaching, journalism, television, radio, the music industry, arts administration, gallery work, fundraising, personnel work, publishing, librarianship, marketing, local authority work, publicity, social work, tourism and IT-related industries. Employers recognise the benefit of an intellectual training in critical and flexible thinking and imaginative problem solving and appreciate the independence, creativity and communication skills of our graduates. Some choose to go on to postgraduate study and may stay on and complete MA with us.