We have expertise in Hollywood, British, European and World cinemas

Film Studies

Film Studies is an exciting and interdisciplinary subject area and film studies research and teaching at Exeter is able to draw on a  wide range of staff expertise and world class film research resources. Based in the English Department which is ranked 1st in the UK for world leading research, staff have research expertise which spans film history and theory across American, East Asian, European, African and other World cinemas enabling Exeter to offer taught programmes with a diverse range of approaches to film, and to support postgraduate research on a wide range of topics.

All our staff are members of Exeter’s Centre for Research in Film Studies (CRIFS). Established in 1998 it provides a lively interdisciplinary research forum for research staff, academics, postgraduates and film practitioners. It encourages intellectual exchange between film theory, history and practice and regularly hosts external speakers from both academia and the creative industries to give papers, presentations and workshops. This all feeds into the teaching at undergraduate level and ensures lecturers are up-to-date and engaged with current developments in the subject area.

Research and teaching are supported by the outstanding collections of the The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, comprising diverse film-related materials, such as artefacts, papers and books, and giving Exeter the largest library on the moving image in any British University.

Key facts

  • Top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2017 (Drama, Dance and Cinematics category)
  • 2nd in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 (Communication and Media Studies category)
  • World class film research resources
  • Based in the English department which is ranked 4th in the UK for research power1
  • Distinctive international approach to film analysis, history and theory

1 Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*