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Film BA(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

This degree is particularly useful for employment in the culture, communications, media and leisure industries. The practical experience gained may well give you an edge over graduates of more conventional film courses. This degree enhances critical and analytical capabilities and communication skills – all in demand by employers. It also provides an excellent basis for further study, including Film Making MA, Film Studies MA and our PhD programmes.

Our students have gone on to a range of employment as editors, cinematographers, sound recordists, script editors, videographers, producers, film festival organisers, arts administrators and award-winning independent filmmakers.

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Name: Matt Loudon
Course: Film Studies BA(Hons)
Year of graduation: 2008

"My time at Kingston University was a hugely beneficial experience for me – the course and lecturers gave me the time, support and resources I needed to gain work experience, a knowledge of production practices and a theoretical understanding of film and television. Theoretical understanding alone is not enough to guarantee a job within the creative side of the industry, but learning how filmmakers view their work and go about making films gives you a strong base on which to add your own experience and style.

"The life skills picked up in university, such as organisation and good communication, are also very important in any industry, but especially in the film, television and creative advertising industries. Experience is key, so I'd recommend that you make the most of your time at university – make films, network and work on other people's films. Some opportunities only happen once.

"In my final year I worked as an assistant director on a range of short films and then directed the short film My Darling Wife myself. This won the London region of the BAFTA Orange one-minute film competition, going to the finals as an officially BAFTA-nominated film. Unfortunately I didn't win but I did attend the ceremony and party, which was a great experience.

"I continued to make films and documentaries under my film production company Magic Dust Productions, with one twenty-five minute documentary officially distributed in the south west which meant I was able to access funds from one of the few government film commissioning bodies in the UK. My third year film was graded as a first and has done very well at independent festivals in the UK. In fact it is still being circulated around festivals.

"Since leaving Kingston University I have secured a job as producer at a creative advertising agency called Guerilla Vision, which allows me to write, shoot and edit commercials as well as learning client management and a range of post-production skills. Outside work I am directing a low budget feature film under Magic Dust Productions, which I hope will open more doors for me in the future."


Name: Rachel Matthews
Course: Film Studies BA(Hons)
Year of graduation: 2008

"Film studies at Kingston was a brilliant experience - not only for widening my knowledge of the subject and the industry, but also for opening up opportunities for when the course finished and work began! During my time here I met many people (lecturers and students alike) who will be important and helpful in my working life, offering both advice and potential employment.

"For me, the theory involved within the subject was of most interest and at Kingston this is superbly taught with a great mixture of modules and teaching styles. The staff team is small and approachable meaning you can always get that personal one-on-one advice and guidance that is so valuable at degree level.

"During my three years at Kingston I was the student representative for film studies for each of my years of study. This was a great role as not only did I have the opportunity to work closely with the lecturers in making sure the course ran effectively, I was also able to reiterate any thoughts or concerns my fellow students had about the course. I would highly recommend that new students get involved with a role such as this as it increases both your understanding of your course and your knowledge of the University and lecturers.

"Since leaving university I have started working as a script reader. My role involves reading newly sent-out scripts, mainly Hollywood material, and producing reports which my employers (film investors) then consider. I feel very lucky to have achieved such a role in the industry as quickly as I have and owe a lot to my time at Kingston.

"My passion for film was increased tenfold by studying at Kingston and it is likely I will return to the Film and Television department in the future, to take an MA or PhD."


Name: Sara Abdel-Hamid
Course: Film Studies BA(Hons)
Year of graduation: 2008

"I really enjoyed the theoretical side of the film studies course at Kingston, and was influenced by the ideas and philosophy behind cinema. The third year of the course was my favourite – I was particularly inspired by the special study module on 'Cinema and the Postmodern City.'

"In the second year I made a short documentary about dubstep music called It's Not Just Bass, which was later awarded 'Best Video of 2007' at the awards.

"Now that I have finished my course I have found myself producing music for Hyperdub Records under the name Ikonika. I am currently working on an album, and DJ-ing across the UK and Europe. I have always been a creative individual and studied film to open my eyes to new forms and ideas. I am extremely grateful for my time at Kingston University."


Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • Art director for a television series
  • Director
  • Film maker
  • Production assistant
  • Global account manager
  • Junior manager
  • Marketing and membership executive
  • Promoter
  • Business consultant
  • Researcher/interviewer


  • B Sky B
  • Peacock Productions Ltd
  • Curzon Cinemas
  • Odeon Cinema
  • Samsung
  • Sew White
  • Santander
  • Good Night Film Production LTD
  • Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

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From 2013 to 2018 Dr Will Brooker, reader in film, will be the first British editor of the Cinema Journal, the publication of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. SCMS is the leading scholarly organisation in the United States and Cinema Journal, which has been running since 1967, is the leading scholarly publication in the field of cinema and media studies.

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