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BA Film Studies and History of Art / Careers

Year of entry: 2021

Career opportunities

Study Film Studies at The University of Manchester, and you'll learn to:

  • interpret and critically analyse theatre, performance and film;
  • create original work for live performance and film;
  • develop critical and analytical thinking and writing;
  • demonstrate a high level of transferable skills - especially in interpersonal communication, group work, leadership, creative problem solving, teamwork, presentation and research.

Film Studies graduates enter a broad range of occupations - a fact that underlines their considerable adaptability and aptitude for collaborative work, effective communication and negotiation. These include applied theatre areas, television and radio (often following specialised BBC or ITV training courses/work experience), journalism, teaching, community arts and arts administration, and law and business management.

Studying History of Art will prepare you for careers in the art world and a wide range of job opportunities ranging from curating and cultural management to publishing, journalism, the media, and teaching.

Our surveys of recent graduates have revealed that our students also pursue an impressive variety of careers in such fields as law, banking, fashion, advertising, accountancy, business management, commerce, the new media, computing and archive studies.

Recent graduate career destinations include:

  • Education Officer, De Morgan Collection;
  • Royal Collections Exhibitions Curator;
  • Archivist, Tate Liverpool;
  • Art Officer, English Heritage.

We live in an image-saturated world where being shrewd about how images and texts communicate and having the skills to interpret and write about them can be a route to a satisfying job.

Find out more on the Careers and employability page.  

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .