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Film Studies

Study alongside a team of internationally renowned experts in Film, Media and Visual Arts.

The School of Modern Languages is a fantastic place to study film. We have a multidisciplinary approach to the study of languages, cultures, and film.

Our teaching is inspired by our research. Our colleagues engage in world-leading international research projects in Film, Media and Visual Arts.

Undergraduate Film modules

You can choose modules that focus on or incorporate film at different stages across all of our degree programmes.

Our Introduction to International Film module introduces students to the systematic study of cinema as an art form, signifying system
and cultural expression of the society within which it is produced.

Below are more examples of our film-related undergraduate modules.

Postgraduate film research

We offer a one-year Film Studies MLitt degree. This course combines taught modules and individual research.

The MPhil and PhD programmes in Film Studies allow you to focus on a research project. You will work with a supervisor from the School of Modern Languages, the School of Arts and Cultures, or the School of English Literature, Language, and Linguistics.

Our major areas of expertise include:

  • the history, theory and analysis of film, film stars, and film audiences
  • international, transnational, national and regional cinemas in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia
  • genres, including action and martial arts, horror, and fantasy cinema
  • gender, sexuality and representation
  • cinema and memory studies, post-conflict, and trauma
  • coloniality and the post-colonial
  • cinema and the city; cinema and the environment
  • audience and reception studies

Chinese Independent Film Archive

The Chinese Independent Film Archive (CIFA) is home to nearly 800 independent films (mostly documentaries), their associated material culture, oral-history interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, and other collections.

It is the only archive of its kind in the world, established with the help of a research grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

CIFA aims not only to safeguard a significant but marginalised film culture for future generations, but also to act as an alternative record of social changes, historical traumas, and the lives of ordinary people in modern and contemporary China.

Please visit its official website here.

Located on the second floor in the Old Library Building (2.23), CIFA is open to students, researchers and the general public, on Mondays to Fridays, from 9:30am to 5:30pm. It provides access to a rare and large collection of films and video interviews, which will enhance understanding of Chinese cinema, history, and society.

To make a reservation to visit CIFA, please click here.

Extracurricular film activities

Each academic year we offer a wide range of public activities. We've organised:

  • film screenings
  • director Q&As
  • workshops
  • talks by film experts and practitioners

There is a vibrant film culture in Newcastle and across the North East region. It’s enriched by important cultural institutions, such as:

  • The Tyneside Cinema, dating back to 1937, is Newcastle’s independent cinema. It runs a weekend screening and discussion of a new or classic adaptation, presented by a local expert
  • The Star and Shadow is a volunteer-run cultural venue that screens classics, independent and experimental films, as well as hosts local and visiting filmmakers for workshops and Q&As
  • Side Cinema is an independent 48-seat cinema on Newcastle's Quayside
  • North East Screen is the regional screen agency, offering talent and professional development and networking opportunities for those involved in film practice