Film Studies

Whether you're an undergraduate, Masters or PhD student, we have the learning resources and study support to help you succeed in your degree and in your future career.

We offer exciting courses tailored to suit you
  • our flexible approach to study draws on the fields of English, History, Cultural Studies, Anthropology and Art History. You can also tailor your degree to your interests by taking optional modules alongside your core modules
  • Film at Sussex is theory based - but depending on which course you choose, there are opportunities to study filmmaking and the practical side of film production
  • you study in excellent facilities where you can access more than 5,000 films and documentaries.

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You will develop key skills and help boost your employment prospects 
  • 100% of our undergraduate students are in work or further study within six months of graduation* 
  • you gain a wide range of academic, practical and personal skills such as research, presentations, writing and creative thinking 
  • you are given the chance to develop your key skills on work experience placements with some of our industry links - some of our students have worked at the CINECITY International Film Festival and See International Documentary Film Festival
  • we also have links with the Duke of York’s Picture House, one of the UK’s oldest purpose-built cinemas, as well as production and film companies. This means our teaching is always up to date with the latest developments in the industry. 

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*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015

We have world-leading researchers who will teach and support you
  • 100% of our research was rated for its impact as being world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). 

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We have links with Brighton's digital and creative industries and communities 
  • the skills you gain while studying at Sussex, combined with our links to Brighton's digital and creative industries means you have excellent opportunities for work experience, placements and future career prospects
  • we have links with the film community including the annual CINECITY International Film Festival and the Duke of York’s Picture House, one of the UK’s oldest purpose-built cinemas.

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Michael's faculty perspective

‘Students taking Film Studies at Sussex have the opportunity to explore cinema as an art form, as an industry, and as an object of critical inquiry. Core modules cover the history of international film, the components of film language, and the various critical paradigms that have shaped the study of cinema. They also offer a range of modules reflecting the diverse research interests and expertise of the faculty. For example, I currently teach a module on Global Bollywood, in which we examine contemporary popular Hindi cinema as a global media entertainment culture comprising film, music and dance.’ 

Dr Michael Lawrence
Lecturer in Media and Film