Undergraduate Program

People have been making, watching and writing about movies for just over a century. In a culture that increasingly relies on visual information, an understanding of the moving image is essential to understanding society.

Film Studies at the University of Sydney is a vibrant interdisciplinary program that develops this critical visual literacy. It equips students with a range of skills for understanding the social, cultural, aesthetic and political dimensions of cinema in different contexts and at different times and analysing cinema as a vital and yet everyday part of modern life.

Our program combines a broad range of Units of Study from across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences disciplines of Art History, English, Australian Literature, Digital Cultures, French, German, History, International and Contemporary Literary Studies, Italian, Japanese, Philosophy, Religion and Spanish. It also includes Units of Study from Sydney College of Arts and The Conservatorium.

Film can be studied at undergraduate level as a major or as a minor. Additionally, Single units of study can be taken as electives to complement other study in your degree. You can also choose to further your studies in film by combining the Bachelor of Arts degree with the new Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Research study is available at Honours and Postgraduate Research degree level.

Film Studies at Sydney University offers a most diverse and comprehensive approach to the study of film and film culture.

Structuring Your Study

Under the new degree requirements, which apply to students enrolling in 2018 (and to students who enrolled in 2017, if they wish to switch to the new curriculum) a Major in Film Studies comprises two 1000-level Film Studies units, two 2000-level Film Studies units, and four 3000-level Film Studies units. One of the 3000-level units must be an Interdisciplinary Project unit. A Minor in Film Studies comprises two 1000-level Film Studies units, two 2000-level Film Studies units, and two 3000-level Film Studies units. (An Interdisciplinary Project unit is not required for a Minor.)

Under the previous degree requirements, which apply to students enrolling in 2017 or earlier (except for students who enrolled in 2017 and who wish to switch to the new curriculum), a Major in Film Studies requires at least six senior (i.e. 2000-level or 3000-level) Film Studies units. At least one of these units must be at 3000-level.

Please see below for more detailed information relevant to you, depending on which of the three categories you fall under:

 I am continuing in my current degree I would like to move to the new curriculum