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BA (Hons) Film Studies

Course Duration

Full-time: 3 years

UCAS Code

Course: FSFT
Institution: P65

Launch Date

Launching Sept 2023

Our stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in teaching. You’ll learn from real industry professionals, to ensure your future success in the fast-paced creative industries.

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Lucy Leake
Principal Lecturer & Assistant Head of School Arts + Media
Lucy is an educator, artist, and academic researcher, whose pedagogic research focuses on student engagement, and creative approaches to Higher Education teaching and learning in Arts and Media. She has published work nationally and internationally through organisations including RAISE (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement), CICAP (The International Congress of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising), Making Futures, and Advanced HE (formerly HEA). As Associate Editor with Screenworks (Journal of Screen Media Practice Research), Lucy edited the Screenworks Special Edition on ‘Practice Pedagogies’, in partnership with the Journal of Media Practice in Education. 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 notions of memory, she has published works on how family stories are fabricated, gendered and collectively re-remembered in a digital age. She is currently working with South of Devon Films on a new series of fictional shorts, based on the music scene in Plymouth. Having previously developed and led the Film & Screen Arts programme at Arts University Plymouth, Lucy has taught filmmaking, production design, critical and contextual studies, and supports third-year dissertation students. Lucy is also Project Manager for the BFI Film Academy Plymouth.
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Jason Hirons
Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Contextual Studies
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 Arts University Plymouth, 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.
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Dr Neal Kirk
Lecturer
Neal Kirk received his PhD in English Literature from Lancaster University. He received his MSc 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. Neal’s 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 taught Sociology, Media and Cultural studies, and English Literature and continues to explore digital media, digital culture and digital art forms. Neal works as a Lecturer on our BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts course where he teaches Materials and Methods, Negotiated Project, Research and Experimentation and advises on Honours Dissertations. With over 20 years of experience working professionally in the radio, television, film and new media industries, including working second unit on the series Breaking Bad, Neal has a well-established practice in Film and Screen Arts.
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Before joining Arts University Plymouth in 2017, Eddie was based at the University of Exeter where he completed degrees in English and Film Studies. Here at Arts University Plymouth, Eddie is Cross-College Lecturer in Contextual Studies and Contextual Studies Lecturer in BA (Hons) Animation & Games. 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. Eddie is writing a monograph on Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator, and recently published an edited collection on 21st century horror titled New Blood: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Horror, co-edited with Joe Hickinbottom and Jonathan Wroot, University of Wales Press, 2020. As a contextual studies lecturer, Eddie lectures across the university to students on various degree programmes. His role within the animation and games 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.
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Associate Professor Judith Noble
Head of Academic Research
Judith Noble is Head of Academic Research at Arts University Plymouth. 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, Surrealism and the occult and magic. She has published extensively on Maya Deren and on Kenneth Anger and Derek Jarman. Judith founded and is a member of the Inner Space Exploration Unit (ISEU) an artists’ project with members from AUP, the University of Cambridge and Arts University Bournemouth that makes practice-led collaborative research that is published online and exhibited physically. She has recently completed work on Maya Deren and Surrealism and has published extensively on Deren’s work. 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 Arts University Plymouth. In her role at Arts University Plymouth, Judith is responsible for the development of research culture and provision: devising and implementing research policy and strategy; developing and managing staff research; coordinating and developing research groups; managing major projects; and is joint editor of Making Futures online journal. Judith is a Member of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism and the Modernist Studies Association. She is a trustee of Plymouth Arts Cinema and a director of Pagan Phoenix SW. Judith holds an MFA from Reading (1980) and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent (1978).
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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.