Film Studies is a genuinely interdisciplinary academic field. An encounter with films of different genres, styles, periods and national industries is the core of the subject, and as a film student you will naturally devote a lot of time to viewing films, reading and writing about them, and discussing their meaning and importance. Through practical modules, you will also gain hands-on experience of the roles of producer, director, screenwriter and actor, gaining crucial insights into the fundamental aspects of film production. However, this is just the beginning. Film Studies is a ‘gateway subject’ that inevitably fosters an understanding of visual aesthetics, narrative forms and technological ability, but that also leads students into areas of study as diverse as history, politics, philosophy, technology and performance. This degree programme will familiarise you with the aesthetics, conditions of production and history of film in the United States, Latin America and the major European nations. You will be introduced to the major theoretical and critical developments in film studies, as well as studying German. This will enable you to pursue an understanding of film within the context of a wider knowledge of Germanic culture. In your first year a foundation module introduces you to linguistics, literature and culture. In your second and final years, you broaden and deepen your knowledge to include, for example, literary and gender studies, media or the history of ideas. You can also take additional specialist language modules and acquire the critical and linguistic skills associated with the production of a play in German. Your third year is normally spent abroad, in one of the German-speaking countries.