Understand the media that shapes our world.
As a film studies student, you will explore a range of films and other screen media - mainstream and peripheral - from around the world, examining the contexts in which they are made, seen and used.
- global film cultures of production, distribution and exhibition
- film and media historiography
- audio-visual environments
- documentary and non-fiction cinema.
The Department of Film Studies offers PhD research programmes in film studies. The Department maintains a vibrant and comprehensive research programme from early cinema and its contexts to contemporary film and media.
To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.
Department of Film Studies
The Department of Film Studies covers the breadth of film and media studies. It is dedicated to the study of cinema from a global perspective, moving beyond the canon of Hollywood and European film to engage with a diverse range of practices, cultures, movements, genres, and forms.
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