The Literature and Cinema degree combines the study of literature with the study of global cinema and culture. This innovative combined degree course cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, drawing on literature and visual culture in English Studies, area studies, and across the humanities. You’ll learn how to interpret cultural texts and practices from throughout the world, gaining a solid grounding in film and textual analysis and cultural studies. This degree can lead to a variety of careers, including publishing; academia; journalism; television, radio and film; administration and management; advertising and public relations.
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The Literature and Cinema degree at Stirling is distinctive in that it combines the study of literature with the study of cinema, cultural theory and other visual media such as photography.
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INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,845.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 12,140.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9,250 per year for years 1 to 3
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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The BA with Honours in Literature and Cinema combines the study of literature with the study of global cinema and culture.
In the first four semesters of your degree, you will build your literary and film analysis skills, as well as developing your knowledge of a wide range of literary genres and national cinemas from across the history of the medium. You’ll take a range of modules in English, some of which offer the opportunity to present a piece of creative writing for assessment.In cinema, you’ll start with contemporary global cinema, before moving back to study post-war European films and classic cinema from the early 20th century, and you’ll round off the first four semesters with a module that focuses on ‘transnational identities’ on screen.
As you move into your third and fourth years, you’ll get the chance to study literature and visual cultures in more depth. You will be able to choose from a wide range of specialist option modules in literature on topics such as ‘Children’s Literature’, ‘Modern Gothic’, ‘’Creative Writing’, ‘Shakespeare’s Theatre’, and ‘Language and Gender’, while at the same time choosing from cinema modules that include ‘Screening the City’, ‘Quebec Cinema’, ‘Cinema of the Fantastic’, and ‘Representations of Space in Spanish Cinema.’ Finally, you will write a dissertation (13-15,000 words) in the final semester on a topic of your choosing, under the close supervision of a member of staff.
Semesters 1 – 3
In Semesters 1 – 3 you will take the following core modules:
Semesters 4 – 8
In Semesters 4 – 8 you will develop a critical understanding and analytical approach to global cinema and culture, including analysis of certain non- European cultures. At the same time, you will develop your skills in English.
Core advanced modules include:
Advanced option modules include:
Assessment is continuous, so you will submit coursework as well as sitting exams. There is also a component of group work and group assessment, which enables you to develop teamwork skills.
In the final year of your studies, you will take a dissertation module and write a dissertation on a specialist subject of your own choosing.
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
In the first two years, students might have one lecture and one seminar a week per module. At Honours level, students can expect to have a two-hour seminar in each module per week.
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.
Staff on the course have international reputations in the fields of English Studies, cinema, and cultural studies.
Staff on the Literature and Cinema programme have particular strengths in film studies, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, the Gothic, and queer studies.
So, if you are interested in combining the study of literature with the study of cinema, then this course if perfect for you.
Staff in English Studies research and teach in areas from the medieval period to the present day, as well as in linguistics and creative writing. We have recognised research and teaching expertise in Scottish Studies, the Gothic, Creative Writing, and Postcolonial Studies,and across literary periods ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary.
Staff in cinema studies in the division have recognized research and teaching expertise and have published widely on cinema and culture, including books on European, African, Canadian, Latin American and Hollywood cinemas, early cinema, and a range of filmmakers, actors, and film movements.
The attractive combination of skills developed by this course is highly sought after by employers both in the UK and abroad. Graduates are prepared for a wide variety of careers in publishing, journalism, television, radio and film, academia, administration and management, advertising and public relations.
As you progress through your Literature and Cinema degree, you will have the opportunity to develop practical skills and attributes that are much sought after by prospective employers:
Literature and Cinema students enjoy a vibrant, cross-cultural environment in which they will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures from high-profile international speakers.