This course combines multidisciplinary American studies with the study of global film, television and other screen media, to which American artists and industries have contributed substantially across media history. One strand of the course interrogates film and television as art forms and industries, locating them within specific historical and social contexts. The other strand approaches North American literature, history, politics, art and music, situating the US, Canada and ethnic and regional American cultures in transnational and global perspectives.
In the first year, students undertake studies in American literature, American history and trace the history of film from the late 19th Century to the present day, encompassing both Hollywood and alternative regimes of representation. Students also look at the separate development of the television medium with particular emphasis on the televisual, or that which is specific to the medium.
Students choose between a module on American popular culture or approaches to film and TV (covering film and TV narrative, language of textual analysis, and the people who work in the production of film and TV for texts). The second year enables students to broaden and deepen their understanding of core concepts. In American studies, a survey of thought and culture complements the first-year surveys of history and literature and by selecting from a range of modules, students study certain periods, events, authors and texts in greater depth. In film studies, students explore how film and TV converge in the contemporary media landscape.
In the final year, students will continue and extend the process of specialisation promoted in the second year. Students write an original research dissertation and follow a programme of advanced study in a choice of modules in film and television and in North American history, literature and culture.
See also the Department of American and Canadian Studies.
A levels: ABB/AAC, one essay-based subject at A level
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (no less than 20 in speaking and 19 in each other element)
For details please see alternative qualifications page.
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Please see Optional Modules or contact the Department of Culture, Filma and Media for more information.
Typical year-two modules
American Thought and Culture 1: Settlement to World War 1
American Thought and Culture 2: 1917-Present
Transnational Film and Television
Understanding Cultural Industries
Film and Television in Social and Cultural Context
Typical year-three modules
Film Studies Dissertation
Typical optional modules
Approaches to Film and Television
Film History 1
American History 1: 1607-1900
Approaches to Film and Television
A History of Crime and Punishment in the United States
American Short Story
Themes in US Foreign Policy
Filmmakers and Filmmaking
Latino Expressive Cultures
You will have acquired in-depth knowledge of specific areas of film and television studies, including production, circulation and cultural reception, and a critical understanding of American history, literature and culture, as well as global screen media and creative industries. You will have completed independent research dissertations, developing transferable skills in critical thinking and media literacy.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Culture, Film and Media was £17,305 and for graduates of the Department of American and Canadian Studies it was £19,466*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
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