- 2nd in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and top 5 in The Complete University Guide 2020
- World class film resources including the biggest film-related archive in the UK outside the British Film Institute
- Based in the English department which is ranked 4th in the UK for research power in English
- Distinctive international approach to film analysis, history and theory
Film Studies at Exeter is based in one of the top rated English departments for research, teaching and student experience in the UK. The dedicated Film Studies team have a wide range of expertise across American, East Asian, European, and other world cinemas, and receive excellent student feedback for their teaching. As a film student at Exeter you will join a thriving postgraduate community and have access to outstanding research resources, including the extensive holdings of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, the largest library on the moving image in any British university.
Exeter University is one of the best places in the world to research Film. As a student here you will be able to draw on first class research resources, and a wide range of staff expertise, spanning film history and theory across American, East Asian, European, African and other World cinemas.
Staff in Film Studies have recently published on the following topics: animation; Catherine Deneuve; censorship and classification; CGI; Chinese queer cinema; contemporary British women filmmakers; early cinema; epics and blockbusters; the femme fatale; genre and genres; girlhood in media; the Hollywood Left; international stardom and its relation to European culture; Italian cinema audiences in the postwar period; Mathieu Kassovitz; Miami Vice; North African filmmakers working in France; transnational cinemas; the history of sound design; the history of Spanish Cinema; stage illusions and special effects; tie-ins and marketing; media constructions of Seattle; Spielberg’s films; Taiwanese cinema; video games; virtual actors and performance. Our expertise ranges far more widely than this – please consult individual staff pages for comprehensive details of our research interests and supervision areas.
Postgraduate taught and research students at Exeter benefit from working with staff who are highly experienced in teaching and supervision, and from a rich research culture. You would become part of a vibrant film community - we encourage our students to participate in the activities of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research (CIFR), to join us in discussions of focused film passions (FilmTalk events) and in larger colloquia and Q&As with academic speakers and film industry practitioners from across the world. The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum has an astonishing array of cinema materials - we are fortunate to have it here in the midst of our teaching and research environment.
We welcome queries about your proposed project at any stage of its development.
Linda Ruth Williams, Professor in Film Studies