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BA Film Studies and Arabic
BA Film Studies and Arabic

BA Film Studies and Arabic

  • ID:UOM440220
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (GBP)

  • TuitionFee/Month:£19,000.00
  • LivingFee/Month:£12,180.00
  • InsuranceFee/Month:£500.00
  • TuitionFee/Month:£19,000.00
  • LivingFee/Month:£12,180.00
  • InsuranceFee/Month:£500.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

  • Typical A-level offer

  • ABB

  • Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)

  • Grades BBB including an essay-based subject (such as English Literature, History or Politics), plus a minimum achievement of GCSE Grade B/6 in any Modern Foreign Language

  • Typical International Baccalaureate offer

  • 34   points overall. 6,5,5 in Higher Level subjects

English Requirement

  • All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. 

  • The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE English Language grade C  /  4, or;

  • IELTS 7.0, or;

  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Course Information

Expand your experience of film through course units and screenings that focus on both classical and contemporary films, and mainstream and non-mainstream cinema.

Start to learn, or perfect your existing expertise in, Arabic, and spend your third year studying or working abroad in an Arabic-speaking country.

Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK for Modern Languages (QS World University Rankings 2019).

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Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

  • The Art of Film

  • Introduction to Early and Classical Cinema

  • History and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

  • Arabic Language 1

  • Arabic Language 2

  • Introduction to World Cinema

Course content for year 2

In your second year you take one compulsory unit - Screen, Culture and Society - which covers more advanced theoretical debates about the relationship between film and society. You will be able to select from a range of specialist study options on specific issues in Film Studies and focus on aspects of American, British, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish and Portuguese language cinema with a particular interest in questions of identity and representation. How have films perpetuated or subverted notions of gender, sexuality, national identity, ethnicity and class?

This is alongside the core and optional course units to be studied in your chosen language subject.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

  • Screen, Culture and Society

  • Arabic Language 3

  • Arabic Language 4

  • American Film Studies

  • Contemporary British Cinema

  • Black on Screen

  • French Cinema to 1980

  • Core Themes in Animated Film and Visual Culture of Postwar Japan

  • Introduction to Post Colonial Arabic Literature

  • Themes in the Histories of Arab and Jewish Nationalisms

  • Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa

  • History of Modern Islamic Thought

  • Hispanic Cinemas

Course content for year 3

Your third year of study will be completed in a host University in an Arab country. You will have the opportunity to gain advanced language skills and an in-depth knowledge of Arabic culture.

Course content for year 4

Your remaining units in your final year are all optional and you can select from a wide range of units covering different countries, genres and issues. You can also choose to write a dissertation.

This is alongside the core and optional course units to be studied in your chosen language subject.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

  • Media and Business Arabic

  • Arabic Language 5

  • From Documentary to Mockumentary

  • Falstaff and Gandalf go to the Movies: Adapting Fantastic Texts to Screen

  • Screening the Holocaust

  • Political and Cultural History of Italy

  • Contemporary Debates in Islam

  • Arabic Literature in Translation

  • God at the Movies

  • Social Issues in Portuguese and Spanish Film

  • The Supernatural in Latin American Literature and Film


Our comprehensive facilities include the Martin Harris Centre - home to 150-seater The John Thaw Studio and our main 'lab' for exploring performance - and workshops and rehearsal rooms fully equipped with state-of-the-art sound-editing and video editing suites. Manchester also has the 2nd highest concentration of theatres in the UK.

As well as making use of the wider University library network, you will have access to the University Language Centre, a modern open learning facility where you can study independently and make use of a library and audio-visual resources. There are also language laboratories and multimedia facilities.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Study Film Studies at The University of Manchester, and you'll learn to:

  • interpret and critically analyse theatre, performance and film;

  • create original work for live performance and film;

  • develop critical and analytical thinking and writing;

  • demonstrate a high level of transferable skills - especially in interpersonal communication, group work, leadership, creative problem solving, teamwork, presentation and research.

Film Studies graduates enter a broad range of occupations - a fact that underlines their considerable adaptability and aptitude for collaborative work, effective communication and negotiation. These include applied theatre areas, television and radio (often following specialised BBC or ITV training courses/work experience), journalism, teaching, community arts and arts administration, and law and business management.

A degree in Modern Languages and Cultures paves the way for an exceptionally broad range of careers. You will develop intercultural awareness and communication skills - both highly valued by employers.

Studies show that over two-thirds of UK businesses value foreign language skills; through your studies, you'll acquire transferable expertise at the very heart of language learning, including enhanced powers of perception and interpretation and advanced decision-making and multitasking skills.

This will open up numerous paths with an international dimension (eg business and finance). You will also have excellent all-round communication skills, making you a strong contender for openings in the media, PR and similar areas.

Many of our graduates go straight into business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications. Others opt for postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (in the UK or abroad) or enter the Civil Service.

Employers who have taken on our Arabic graduates in the past include Santander, RBS, the British Army, Virgin Atlantic, UK Islamic Mission, Amnesty International, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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