Well, despite what any of us might have to offer, what does your course syllabus say?
Good call, now that you mention it my daughter's recent photography lecturer was incredulous when she mentioned her dad had and used a film camera (boy did I get in trouble. Apparrantly I had deliberatly set her up to be embarassed...!). You may find yourself at a seriuos disadvantage by following advice from here. Her university used (and supplied) entry level canon eos consumer kit's with the 2 kit lenses flash & tripod. Perhaps you should ask your course convenor for advice, you may not need to purchase a camera to begin with.
Pentax K1000 (cheap, good quality, and plentiful lenses) or Nikon FG or FM / FM2 (superb glass, well built). Avoid Canon manual focus, as investing in FD mount lenses is a bit folly if you decide you want a more modern camera as well as a mechanical one (though plenty of people use and love theirs), the bodies sometimes develop shutter issues...
Avoid Digital too (Especially Canon digital) it's really boring.
or Nikon FG or FM / FM2 (superb glass, well built).
Whatever fits in your hand, is comfortable to hold, shoots film and you can afford.
I like Nikons, but is do not want to start a flame war with Canonphiles. I like the Nikon N-75, Nikon N-90, and Nikon F-100. I think in my not so humble option that the Nikon F-100 is the best 35mm film SLR ever made. While others may disagree with me, they are just plain wrong, so do not pay attention to them.
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
Aww, you Nikon fans and Canonphiles have most of it wrong (hey, at least you still shoot film, so you don't have it all wrong). Pentax is where it's at. Pentax lenses are good quality and quite inexpensive these days (I picked up a 28-80mm Pentax zoom up a few months ago from KEH for $13). Plus, Cosina still makes a camera that uses Pentax K-mount glass. Heck, with my AF Pentax body and an adapter, I can even use every full frame lens Pentax ever made - K-mount, screw mount, it doesn't matter!
Shoot more film.
There are eight ways to put a slide into a projector tray. Seven of them are wrong.