Welcome to Film Studies

We are delighted that you are joining us. Here you can find information you'll need for your School induction. To help you feel settled and ready to start a new and exciting chapter of your life, you can find more information about arriving at Leeds in the Arrival section of the For Students website. Find out more about starting your studies on our School of Languages, Cultures and Societies welcome page.

Induction Week

During induction week, you will:

  • Meet key academics and student representatives and attend essential induction lectures.

  • Have the opportunity to put yourself forward as a student rep for your cohort.

  • Have time to peruse the Leeds University Union's Freshers Fair, where you can sample and join a whole host of societies.

Registration, IT access and Minerva

To access Minerva (the Virtual Learning Environment full of useful info and links for your modules), you will need to register and get a University username.

Independent learning

Studying Film at Leeds will enable you – year on year – to develop into an independent scholar. But this does not mean that you are on your own! Through (interactive) lectures, seminars, , workshops, group and project work, you will explore different aspects of Film – form, function, theory and history. This collaborative process will guide and support you in your own, individual and independent approach to study. Throughout your degree, you will be encouraged to produce original work through your own reflection, preparation, and research.

In your Final Year, you will be ready to produce a substantial piece of independent research – your Final-Year Project – which allows you to explore a question or subject of your choice. Many of our students enjoy this process so much that they go on to pursue their studies at Masters level.

Making the grade

In each module in Film Studies, there will be clear learning outcomes, and teaching is designed to enable you to achieve these outcomes. The way that we measure your success – against published assessment criteria – means that module design and assessment are logical, pedagogically sound, and clear. You can find the learning outcomes and criteria in the module documentation available via the Minerva Virtual Learning Environment.

In Film Studies at Leeds, your work will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods. At Level 1, these include take-home exams, clip analysis, and essays. You will be guided through each assessment and will benefit from helpful formative feedback (that will help you polish your work or performance in the final – or summative – assessment). We want you to succeed. More than ‘making the grade’, we want you to get the best grade possible.


Staff in Film Studies at Leeds have a wide variety of research interests. With specialists in theory, film art, and cultural representation, we are able to teach with depth and breadth. We bring the latest knowledge and insights from our research into our teaching, meaning that modules are fresh and up-to-date. Some of our modules are team-taught: this means that they draw on the research and knowledge of a number of members of staff with different research interests. This way, you get to enjoy different approaches, perspectives, and styles, whilst being exposed to a wide variety of material. For more information about the research interests of staff, see our Centre for World Cinemas research page.

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.

Beyond Study

Here are some other aspects of film culture to look forward on campus and around the city: