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Film & Television Studies
Dr Debra Ramsey
Congratulations on your offer of a place to study at Exeter! The Film programme at Exeter is one of the very best in the UK both in terms of scholarship and the quality of teaching.
The breadth and depth of our programme, the knowledge and enthusiasm of our tutors, and our active community of students make Exeter a fantastic place to study. We have world-class resources in film, but our finest resource is the commitment and passion of our students, and we look forward to welcoming you here as one of them!
The course has a foundation programme (INTO), which can lead to Film & Television Studies. The university’s ranking is high and there is also a film museum within the campus.
There's lots of independent study and research. Different from the education I received in China, here I am encouraged to think critically and answer in my own way. Initially, I struggled to adapt to this, by speaking to my personal tutor, I was given guidance on time management and this made the transition easier.
Getting to explore modern blockbusters alongside older, more arthouse films has been incredibly stimulating. There is more independence than I had at school, but tutors are always there you need support. I’ve researched independently, but before writing an essay, I always talk to my tutors to run ideas past them.
If you get offered a place at Exeter, take it. The city is great, the campus is wonderful to walk around, and the tutors (and students) are some of the most enthusiastic Film and English fans I’ve ever met.
You develop a really deep understanding of film as an industry and an art in both its construction and meaning. I also appreciate the smaller size of my course as it feels more like a classroom, this enables you to really get to know your peers and gives more opportunities to interact with your lecturers individually if you have any queries.
I am a member of three societies: cheerleading, XTV and raising & giving as well as working part time for the Student Ambassador Scheme.
The course has lived up to and exceeded my expectations. Every lecture is interesting and the seminars are thought provoking.
One of the best parts about film is the approachability and helpfulness of the academics and how our cohort is a tight knit group. We benefit from the cutting edge reseach of the academics which makes the course contemporary and has often changed my world view on certain aspects.
The course has been fantastic. Its introduced me to a lot of critical theory. The film modules also rely on the materials of the Bill Douglas centre, so you get a chance to interact with ephemera and touch some valuable film memorabilia!
My essay writing skills have improved greatly. (and hopefully continue to improve!) The lecturers have been amazing. They’re all very approachable and willing to discuss readings and go through work in office hours.
I am studying English and Film, along with this I had the option to choose a year abroad in my third year, something which I know will give me invaluable wider life experience; alongside the countless social and sporting opportunities available here.
The course is so interesting and really pushes you to think about literature and film in new ways.
I have loved studying film at Exeter. The modules cover a great range of cinemas from around the world and throughout the history of film. Through film, we get to explore so many other areas like history, politics, and philosophy.
My lecturers have all been very supportive both academically and pastorally and their passion for their chosen specialisms is evident in the modules they teach.