BA American Studies and Film Studies: University of Sussex

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BA American Studies and Film Studies: University of Sussex, American studies, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QN, Brighton, United Kingdom
Theatre Drama and Film Studies
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Course Beginning 
September or January
4 years
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About the programme

In this programme you gain insight into the history, literature and culture of the US in the context of the Americas and, in addition, you learn to read visual images on film and study the cinematic experience.

The film studies elements of the programme offer a firm foundation in visual literacy, film genres and film theory, by introducing you to a diverse range of film-making and viewing across the globe.

In Year 1, you focus on the technical aspects of film analysis, and you study aspects of the history of film and of cinema from different cultures.

In Year 2, you look at issues of film theory and genre in greater depth, before moving on to explore a range of cinematic practices. Alongside this, you select American studies courses from options that include modern American history, culture and literature.

During your final year, you have the opportunity to work on a dissertation on a topic agreed with your supervisor, and you choose from a range of film options.

Entry requirments

  • Typical A level offer: ABB.
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall.

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 overall and not less than 6.0 in both the Listening and Writing sections.
  • Internet-based TOEFL with 90 overall, including at least 24 in Speaking and 25 in Writing.
  • The University also accepts a range of other qualifications:
    • GCSE or IGCSE English as a first language: grade C.
    • GCSE English or IGCSE as a second language: grade B.
    • Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE): grade B.

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