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BA (Hons) Film Studies — Overview

Studying BA (Hons) Film Studies at Plymouth College of Art means a dynamic interdisciplinary experience: students develop strong analytical, critical and written skills, as well as experiencing key concepts in practical film-making to deepen their understanding of the film medium.

Students speak on the panel of the Culture in Conflict conference in Luton.

It is uniquely situated within an independent art school which means that students will study film as an art form as well as a carrier of content, with a focus on artist’s moving image, experimental and independent film. 

A key area for Film Studies students will be Plymouth Arts Cinema; Plymouth’s independent arts cinema, located at the heart of our city-centre campus.

This exciting partnership with the cinema provides opportunities for Film Studies students to study cinema programming, exhibition and distribution and also to work on joint projects with the cinema in live project briefs: to programme seasons of documentary, feature and independent films, to introduce films and events and to write programme and publicity copy and critical articles for audiences at the cinema. 

Students will also have the opportunity to work with film technologies resourced from our professional Multimedia Lab, with the opportunity to work alongside our established and award-winning Film + Screen Arts programme, as well as collaborating with Animation and Game Arts students in interdisciplinary projects.

Core specialisms of the course include:

Film theory, film history, film criticism, cultural studies, creative and critical writing, cinema and film festival programming. The college is committed to social justice and the programme will challenge conventional perceptions of film history and theory by foregrounding marginalised communities and filmmakers from a range of ethnic backgrounds as well as their relationship to mainstream film industries.

Collaborations with outside organisations include leading LGBTQ+ film organisation Iris Prize, Cinenova women’s film distribution company and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum at Exeter University as well as the thriving film culture scene in Plymouth. 

The programme is designed to equip graduates to work in film exhibition, programming, distribution and festivals, and to develop careers within film criticism, teaching, community arts and arts administration and journalism (including hard copy, online and broadcast) as well as for further study at postgraduate level and for research in Film Studies and related disciplines.

British freelance Director/Producer Amanda Bluglass gives a lecture for our Filmmaker Fridays event.

Recent visitors to the college include:
Anna Navas (Independent Film Programmer), Babak Anvari, BAFTA award winning filmmaker Under the Shadow, Anna Smith (Film Critic), John McLean (Director) Slow West and Walter Campbell (Writer) Under the Skin, and Mia Bays (Oscar-winning filmmaker, Birds Eye View Film).

Please note, this programme is only available for full time study, a part time study offering is not available.

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BA (Hons) Film Studies — Modules

BA (Hons) Film Studies — Staff

Dr Eddie Falvey

Dr Eddie Falvey

Before joining Plymouth College of Art in 2017, Eddie was based at the University of Exeter where he completed degrees in English and Film Studies. Here at Plymouth College of Art, Eddie is Cross-College Lecturer in Contextual Studies and Contextual Studies Lecturer in BA (Hons) Animation.

His AHRC-funded PhD thesis (awarded 2018) focussed on depictions of New York during the time of film’s early development. During his time at the University of Exeter he taught on various modules in the English and Film department.

He has published widely on film and associated media and has forthcoming chapters on adaptation and intermediality in the films of Spike Jonze, monstrosity as queerness in contemporary horror film, integration as reception in The Shape of Water, and contemporary adult animation.

He is co-editor of an upcoming edited collection on contemporary horror media and is writing a monograph on Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator. 

As a contextual studies lecturer, Eddie lectures across the college to students on various degree programmes. His role within the animation department is to design and deliver contextual studies across the cohort, including dissertation supervision.

Eddie has presented conference papers at a variety of international events, has given public lectures, and has served as a peer-reviewer for journals in film studies.

Judith Noble

Judith Noble
Head of Academic Research

Judith Noble is our Head of Academic Research here at Plymouth College of Art. She is joint coordinator of the Black Mirror research network with Dominic Shepherd (AUB), Jesse Bransford (NYU Steinhardt) and Robert Ansell and Merlin Cox (Fulgur). Her research interests centre on experimental, avant-garde and artists film and the occult and magic. She has published extensively on Maya Deren and on Kenneth Anger and Derek Jarman.

She has recently completed work on Maya Deren and Surrealism and is preparing a monograph on Deren. In 2014 she organised the Visions of Enchantment conference with Dan Zamani and Rachel Parikh. Before returning to Higher Education in 2007, she worked for many years in arts funding and the film industry. From 1984 - 96 she was Film and Television officer at South West Arts; from 1996 - 2001 she was Chief Executive of the South West Media Development Agency and from 2001 - 2006 she was Head of Production at Sgrin Cymru Wales, where she was responsible for executive-producing and developing feature films supported by the Wales Lottery Film Fund. These included Peter Greenaway’s Tulse Luper Suitcases trilogy (in competition at Cannes and Berlin 2002 - 4), Amma Asante’s A Way Of Life (BAFTA winner 2005), Patagonia (Gruff Rhys) and Sleep, Furiously (Gideon Koppel). In 2007 she joined the staff of the BA (Hons) Film Production course at Arts University Bournemouth. She held an AUB Research Fellowship in 2010-11, trained as a PhD supervisor and became Course Leader for BA (Hons) Film production in 2014 before taking up her current post at Plymouth College of Art.

Judith is a Member of the Modernist Studies Association, ESSWE and a Trustee (and founding Chair) of the Friends of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (Boscastle, Cornwall). Judith holds an MFA from Reading (1980) and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent (1978).

Dr Neal Kirk

Neal Kirk received his PhD in English Literature from Lancaster University under the supervision of Professor Catherine Spooner. He received his MS.c in Literature and Society 1688-1900 from the University of Edinburgh. He double majored in English Literature and Mass Communications for his BA at the University of Denver.

His work is included in the collections, Digital Horror: Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon (Aldana-Reyes and Blake, 2016) and Gothic and Death (Carol Margaret Davison, 2016) and the forthcoming Gothic and the Arts (Punter). Neal has thought in Sociology, Media and Cultural studies, and English literature and continues to explore digital media, digital culture and digital art forms. In addition to this academic background, Neal has over 20 years of experience working professionally in the radio, television, film and new media industries.

Neal works as a Lecturer on our BA (Hons) Digital Media Production and BA (Hons) Film courses, and he teaches the Digital Media Production module: Media Production – Music Video. He also teaches two film modules, the first-year module, Interdisciplinary Film and the second year module, Negotiated Project.

Lucy Leake

Lucy Leake
Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts and Assistant Head of School for Arts + Media

Lucy Leake is a Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Film and Assistant Head of School for our Arts + Media school. She is an active member of the Plymouth College of Art Student Engagement and Experience Committee, championing the Student Voice in college policy-building and decision-making, and is a member of RAISE UK (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement).

Lucy also holds the position of Secretary on the Executive Board of NAHEMI (National Association of Higher Education in Moving Image), the organisation that represents the centres of excellence for the teaching of film, television, video, animation and digital media practice in the UK and in Ireland.

Lucy’s film practice and research is focused around the notion of memory and the familial lens, and how family stories are fabricated, gendered and collectively re-remembered in a digital age. She celebrates the narratives of everyday life and is also fascinated by the creation of monsters, and how we use these in our film, media and cultural storytelling. She is a member of the Family Ties Network and has had her research included in Making Futures, RAISE 2017, CICAP 2016 and The Aesthetic of Renewal.

Lucy’s pedagogic research focuses on student engagement and innovative approaches to teaching. She has had articles published in the Creative Industries Global Conference 2017, and the Higher Education Academy Attainment in Art and Design Report 2017. She regularly attends conferences that champion the student experience, and which allow educators to share innovative approaches to teaching film, including CILECT Teaching Cinematography held at Hochschule, Munich 2017, and CILECT Teaching Documentary to be held in Bolzano, Italy 2018.

Lucy is also Associate Editor for Screenworks (Journal of Screen Media Practice) which publishes practice research that produces new knowledge in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, Art and Design, Performing Arts and related fields.

Lucy is passionate about the Film programme at Plymouth College of Art, and the potential it offers emerging filmmakers to be the best they can be.

Alanna Morgan

Alanna Morgan

An experienced stylist and visual merchandiser, Alanna has created window installations and overseen creative styling for some of the highstreet's best-known brands. Working at Oxford Street’s flagship Miss Selfridge and Topshop Knightsbridge in London, her creative installations have been seen by an average of 4.3 million people a week. Alanna has significant experience of retail environments and their working and has led a creative team responsible for opening stores around the UK, including high-profile store refurbishments and new store openings. Also responsible for styling for press events,

Alanna studied Cultural Studies and Media Communications at Bath Spa university, where she specialized in identity in music and fashion cultures, and is passionate about the discussion of these areas within Fashion Media and Marketing.

Jason Hirons

Jason Hirons
Senior Lecturer

Jason is an artist, writer and educator with a particular interest in the detritus, flotsam and jetsam of the everyday. Other areas of interest include landscape, walking, critical writing, comics, Actor Network Theory, poetry and performative practices. Since 2001 he has been walking, collecting and archiving the city of Plymouth; this work has been realised in a number of ways, including published texts, performances (locally, nationally and internationally), installations, and public talks.

Having studied Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts followed by a Masters by Research in Landscape from Plymouth University, Jason is a key member of the BA (Hons) Illustration and BA (Hons) Costume programmes at Plymouth College of Art, fully committed to his role teaching contextual theory and practice across the two programmes.

As one-half of Driftingspace – his collaborative research practice with the artist Sally Hall – Jason explores possibilities and concepts around space and place in urban contexts. Driftingspace attempts to read the city through ideas of architecture and the built environment, displacement, entropy and the ephemera of the landscape. The experience of walking and driving through the city, its transitional spaces, and its undefined places are all elements within their ongoing inquiry. 

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

BA (Hons) Film Studies — Student Work

BA (Hons) Film Studies — Students Say

BA (Hons) Film Studies — Careers & Alumni

BA (Hons) Film Studies — Entry Requirements

BA (Hons) Film Studies — Resources

BA (Hons) Film Studies — Interview

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