This unique programme is jointly offered by two internationally renowned University of London colleges - Birkbeck and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) - and draws on their combined expertise in Western and non-Western cinemas and cultures. The programme gives you the opportunity to study global cinemas and cultures with leading academics and media practitioners at the cultural and academic heart of London. It offers a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of a range of historical and contemporary global cinematic traditions, while allowing you to develop your critical reasoning skills and an array of linguistic and creative film-making skills. You will explore European and American cinema alongside non-Western cinematic traditions from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South and Latin America. You will develop your understanding of the distinctive features of Western and non-Western cinemas, as well as the relationships and interactions between them, and you will study the complex cultural backgrounds that inform and shape global cinemas and screen arts, including history, literature and language. Another distinctive feature of this course is the opportunity to undertake an option module in literature or any Western or non-Western language, or to take a practical course in screenwriting. Birkbeck and SOAS are internationally renowned institutions for the teaching of film and media studies and world languages and cultures. Cinema and media studies at Birkbeck and SOAS are taught by leading film and screen studies experts, who offer specialist modules in European and Latin American and Iberian languages and cultures as well as African, Asian and Middle Eastern regions. Birkbeck also features a state-of-the-art cinema, regularly showcasing current film practice and offering students an ideal learning and research environment.