Film & Visual Culture (with Foundation Year)
UCAS Code: Combined Honours only – see combinations tab|Duration: 4 years|Full Time|Both Campuses
UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
About the course
If you want an exciting career in the creative industries, but also want to understand the role that Film and Visual Culture plays in wider society, studying at Liverpool Hope is the right choice for you. Film and Visual Culture is an intellectually stimulating degree that combines practice and theory, giving you the opportunity to both create and analyse a range of cultural texts - from fiction film and documentary, to photography and animation.
This degree is underpinned by creative and critical practice. It is creative because it gives you the opportunity to develop practical skills in the fields of screenwriting, filmmaking (drama and documentary), photography and animation. It is critical because it involves the in-depth study of film history and theory, including the way in which cinema intersects with a range of social and political issues. You will graduate with a degree underpinned by academic rigour, but with the transferable skills needed to pursue a wide variety of careers in the creative industries.
The degree is taught by leading international scholars and practitioners and you will also benefit from access to outstanding library resources and an extensive range of practical equipment and studio space. Extra curricula activities support the curriculum by widening critical and creative horizons. Recent activities on the degree include fieldtrips to the National Science and Media Museum, Tate Britain, and the Manchester Animation Festival. We also have regular group visits to local film screenings.
- Study in the most filmed-in city in the country outside London.
- Our local partners include FACT, one of the leading independent cinema venues in the North West.
Hear from student Hannah Guzman Gonzalez on what it's like to study Film & Visual Culture at Hope.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which have typically no more than 10 students. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week, as well as regular local and national fieldtrips.
For the Film and Visual Culture part of your Combined Honours degree, you will have approximately 7 teaching hours each week in your first year, which reduces to approximately 6 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend around 14 hours studying independently each week, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
Assessment and feedback
Throughout your three years of study, you will have a number of assessments including written essays and exams, and practice-based portfolios in filmmaking, photography and animation. For all assessments, you will receive detailed written feedback by the course tutor. You will also be given the opportunity to discuss the work and feedback in a one to one meeting with the course tutor.
We believe that Film and Visual Culture should fully integrate theory with practice, but that ultimately you should be able to develop your own specialism. In your first two years, you study two main strands: film history and theory, and practical work. In your final year, you have a choice of topics to study.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
Film History and Theory
The first year interrogates the key theories and concepts that underpin Film and Visual Culture. You will learn how to ‘read’ films, and will study topics such as narrative, cinematography, editing, and music. You will also look at auteur, genre, and star theories, and explore the way in which film represents themes of gender, sexuality, race, and class.
By the end of the first year, you will have gained a broad understanding of and will be competent in animation and filmmaking.
Film History and Theory
The second year builds knowledge and understanding by introducing you to a range of different film movements, including German Expressionism, Soviet montage, US silent cinema and the British New Wave. You will also look at Liverpool on film and TV, and study Hollywood film from the 1940s to the present day.
By the end of your second year, you will have developed your skills further in animation and photography, and will have gained knowledge about filming a news bulletin.
In the final year, you study contemporary Hollywood cinema, documentary filmmaking as a genre, and world cinema, including the national cinemas of countries such as Iran, New Zealand, and Japan. In addition, you will choose one topic to study in depth from either film history or theory or a practical workshop (specialising in photography, animation, or filmmaking). You also complete a research project on a topic of your choice. Alternatively, you may choose to write a screenplay.
There may be some flexibility for mature students offering non-tariff qualifications and students meeting particular widening participation criteria.
Graduates of Film and Visual Culture have gone on to have careers in teaching, film journalism, cinema management, and film and television studio researcher. Other careers include screenwriters, producers and directors, and often graduates establish their own companies.
Some graduates also go on to postgraduate study to further their knowledge.
Work Placement Opportunities
During your degree, you may have the opportunity to work in the creative industries through links the department has with a variety of local businesses. These activities build your CV and portfolio before you graduate.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
International tuition fees
The International Tuition fees for 2023/24 are £12,500.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is only available with Foundation Year as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects: