Are you interested in the studying at the point where film and literary theory meet? This interdisciplinary degree will enable you to combine critical analysis of films and literary texts with various practical filming projects. Upon graduation, you may wish to pursue a career in publishing, writing, PR, advertising, TV, media, journalism, management, administration or research for film and TV. This course is also a suitable platform for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study.
- The 2015 National Student Survey placed Southampton Solent in the top ten UK universities for English studies with a 95 per cent overall student satisfaction score.
- Southampton Solent University employs an innovative approach to the study of literature and film.
- Our English and film course is taught by a combination of academic researchers and industry professionals.
- The course emphasises contemporary styles and their influence on narrative structure, genre and technique in film and literature.
- Students have previously been given the opportunity to take part in national and international study trips.
- Interdisciplinary study enables students to explore their own creative interests.
- Students have free access to industry standard film production equipment, editing suites and IT facilities.
- Students are given the option to study abroad for a year by selecting the European placement variant.
- This course integrates critical analysis and research into film and film production with insight gained from work in the film industry.
- Our freelance agency, Solent Creatives, gives students the opportunity to pitch for work with real industry clients.
The creative industries are steadily growing year on year, accounting for 1 in 17 (5.8%) of all UK jobs in 2014 (Department for Culture, Media & Sport). The number of UK businesses involved in the film production industry specifically has risen by 32% since 2009, with over 8,500 film companies currently employing 40,000 full-time staff between them (BFI Research and Statistics). As the creative industries in the UK continue to thrive, there will be an ongoing need for graduates with the right combination of practical skills and academic experience.
Southampton Solent University’s English and film students are taught these skills by a course team with expertise in screenwriting, production and directing. The academic staff are responsible for a range of published work and maintain strong ties to the industry.
This course integrates critical analysis and research into film and film practice with insights into working in the film industry. This helps students develop an understanding of how films are planned, developed and creatively executed, allowing them to achieve a critical understanding of how film theory can be married to film practice.
In the past, this style of learning has been facilitated by a programme of guest lectures and masterclasses delivered by professionals in the film, writing and publishing industries.
Recent speakers include award winning film directors Alan Parker, Michael Apted and Mike Hodges; producers Claire Lewis and Nik Powell; writer Julian Unthank; cinematographer Brian Tufano (Trainspotting); and editors including Alex Mackie (CSI) and Anne V. Coates. Southampton Solent has also hosted representatives from a range of film and TV companies including the BBC, Channel 4, the Film Council, Polygram, Working Title, the National Film Archive and the BBFC.
Alongside these special guests, regular lectures and seminars help students to understand literature, literary genres, writing and production styles in the context of different periods of literary and film history.
To help enable students study, Solent is home to a multi-million pound media academy which offers access to some of the most up-to-date media technology. Facilities include TV studios, editing suites and high-end video laboratories. Students are also able to access our on-site 3D cinema and an extensive film and television library.
Think a career in the creative industries might be for you? This course aims to combine your enthusiasm for English literature and its classical conventions with an interest in film and filmmaking. With plenty of opportunities to develop skills that are relevant to a range of different industries, English and film at Southampton Solent University can help you to develop the skills you’ll need to succeed.