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Study film via one of two routes: Film Studies or Documentary Practice.

About the programme

Film Studies (Route 1) is an opportunity to study a variety of different aspects of film, ranging from national cinemas, theories of gender, narrative and spectatorship, and popular culture.

Documentary Practice (Route 2) enables students to develop the practical skills and academic knowledge necessary to produce documentary film. It focuses on documentary film making, set within the critical study of media, culture and society.

Students must study 60 credits of Documentary Practice each year. It cannot be taken alongside Film Studies. 

two students work together on a piece of film equipment


Students are advised to read one of the standard introductions to the subject:

  • David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction, McGraw Hill 2004, paperback
  • James Monaco, How to Read a Film, OUP 2000, paperback


Find out about our typical modules. Modules are subject to change and could differ on an annual basis.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about choosing this subject as part of your Combined Honours degree, contact us and we'll be more than happy to help. 

Subject advisers

Documentary Practice - Dr Majid Khosravinik, School of Arts and Cultures, School of Modern Languages

Film Studies - Professor Guy Austin and Sabrina Yu, School of Arts and Cultures, School of Modern Languages

Our address

Combined Honours Centre
9th Level, Henry Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: +44 (0)191 208 7479