Entry Points (2015)

Course Overview

Film and visual culture are powerful and influential forces in our society. The BA with Film Studies at NUI Galway offers students a unique opportunity to engage with film theories, histories and scholarship relevant to the critical discussion of cinema as a cultural form while also pursuing a traditional two-subject BA. The Huston School of Film & Digital Media is the designated centre for the study and production of film at NUI Galway. As well as a team of excellent teachers and teaching facilities for screen education, we have an unmatched DVD library and regular visits from noted Film Studies experts and film industry professionals.

Four subjects, including your specialism, Film Studies, are taken in First Arts from the 20 subjects on offer. Subjects are organised in seven timetable groups and not more than one subject may be taken from any one group. The specialism Film Studies will be delivered in the timetable of Arts subject Group Two, and may, therefore, not be studied together with the subjects Legal Studies, Psychology/ Psychological Studies or Celtic Civilisation.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades (2015)

AAB or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

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PAC code

Course Outline

Note: The BA with Film Studies is primarily a theoretically-based course. It does not teach film production.

In the first and second years of this programme, students take 25 ECTS (combined) in Film Studies, where they will encounter core concepts of the subject, including narrative form, film style, genre, realism and digital cinema. The scope of the course extends to Hollywood, European and world cinematic traditions.

The third year will expose participants to a full semester of more specialised film courses, allowing for greater depth and analysis in areas such as silent cinema, film adaptation and theories of film. There is also an ‘applied film studies’ module where students develop practical skills in the capture and manipulation of moving images.

In the second semester, the programme provides the opportunity for students to travel to an overseas university where they take courses related to their specialism. In consultation with the Course Director, a student can structure a work placement as an alternative to the Erasmus exchange.

Note: In entering the BA with Film Studies programme, potential participants should note that Film Studies takes precedence in year three over any language options. 

There are no dedicated Film Studies classes in fourth year, and students return to studying their two core subjects exclusively.

Further Education

Students who graduate from this programme can study at graduate level in the Humanities and Social Sciences; both in Film and in other subjects including Modern Languages, History, Geography, Sociological and Political Studies and English.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The BA with Film Studies will be of interest to a broad range of students in the humanities and social sciences field, enhancing and complementing issues in other subjects, including History, Geography, Sociological and Political Studies, and English. The knowledge and skills acquired provide solid grounds for further study at graduate level and are relevant to a range of career options, including education, arts journalism and the broadcast media.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2016/17
EU Fees 2016/17:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

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