BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies
Why choose this course?
- You'll learn from industry speakers - Terry Bamber, one of the team behind James Bond's last five film outings came to talk to students, to share his experiences and give advice. Watch the video interview.
- Our staff have lots of industry experience. Lecturer Tom Craig is currently filming a full length horror movie - Argon Green - which is the second in a trilogy of films on the theme of diabetes. Read the full story.
- You'll have excellent employment prospects. Graduates from this course have careers in areas such as cinema marketing or management, television production, television research, journalism, public relations and radio production.
UCAS code: W622
Start date: September
Course length: full time: three years, part time: six years
Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus
This course is available to international students
During this course you will focus on the critical and theoretical study of the moving image, while exploring related topics such as scriptwriting and archiving and gaining work experience.
Throughout your studies you will develop an in-depth understanding of film and television using a wide variety of disciplines including history, psychology, cultural studies and politics. You will benefit from the broad range of expertise within your teaching team, which includes subjects such as third cinema, British television drama, cyberbodies and the international horror genre. Some of our lecturers are also award winning filmmakers in their own right, enabling them to enhance your understanding of film theory with their first hand experience of working in the industry.
We have close ties with the Quad independent cinema, as well as a number of film festivals.
A joint honours degree is the perfect choice for you if you want to study more than one subject. You can either study Film and Television Studies as a BA (Hons) degree or a joint honours degree by combining it with one or two other joint honours courses offered at our Derby Campus, such as American Studies, Applied Criminology, English or Media Writing. If you choose to study a joint honours degree you will be taught with students studying BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies, but the modules you'll study will depend on how you decide to combine the subjects you choose.
You'll study modules such as:
- Moving Image 1
- Moving Image 2
- European Cinema
- Hollywood Cinema
- Introduction to American Television
- Representation: Race and Gender
You'll study modules such as:
And you'll choose two options from modules such as:
- American Television in the 1950s and 1960s
- British Cinema Since the 1960s
- Conflicting Images
- Film in the East
- Writing for Screen
- Work Based Learning in the Creative and Cultural Industries
You'll study one module such as:
- Independent Study in Film and Television (double module)
And you'll choose four options from modules such as:
Our entry requirements are usually 240 UCAS points, of which at least 200 will be from your core A2s (full A levels) or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Diploma, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers etc.
We'll accept up to 40 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS levels (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project or Music qualifications.
We don't accept points from Key Skills Level 3. If you have any questions about what is or isn't accepted, please contact our Admissions team.
We also accept the Access to HE Diploma.
Your points at level 3 will be in addition to 5 GCSEs at grade C or equivalent level 2 qualifications.
The UCAS tariff points are a guide - we'll also consider all the information that you've included in your application. We'll also want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from coming to university.
- Full time students should apply for this course through UCAS.
- Part time students should apply directly to the University.
- If you want to start in September, you usually need to apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Information for international applicants
Fees for 2013/14
This is a classroom based course.
- Full time: £7,700 (each year)
- £965 per module (you usually take 18 of these modules in total)
- Full time: £9,945 (per year)
*These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2013 and August 2014. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.
How you'll learn
You will normally have 12 hours of teaching week - 3 hours per module. This includes many hours of screenings of television programmes, films and extracts. There will also be formal lectures and small group and seminar work. In each module there are tutorials, in which you'll be preparing for assignments.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed entirely by coursework - mainly essays, practical production work and some oral presentation work. In the third year there is an Independent Study of 8000 words.
Graduates from this course have found jobs in media-related careers such as cinema marketing or management, television production, television research, journalism, public relations and radio production. You could also move on to careers in lecturing, teaching, museum work, library work and film archiving. Or if you fancy doing further study, you'll be able to take postgraduate courses like film-making, scriptwriting, journalism, film archiving and teacher training.
Graduate Leigh Small worked on a graphics traineeship which is part of ITV News Group. Over 1,000 people applied and Leigh had to go through a series of interview stages before getting this fantastic job. After completing his training at ITV Central, Leigh was promoted and now works as a fully fledged Graphic Designer for ITV Tyne Tees Television in Newcastle.