What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
Focus on the fast-paced world of film and TV as part of your Joint Honours degree – and prepare for an exciting future in the creative and cultural industries.
- Look forward to excellent career prospects in fields like film marketing, cinema management and TV production
- Gain vital experience through work-based learning, volunteering opportunities and networking at events such as film festivals
- Enjoy real-world learning opportunities with hands-on projects in writing for the web, print media or the screen
- Be inspired by our dedicated teaching team with wide-ranging experience in research, film making and publishing
- Hear from leading industry figures who have worked on everything from James Bond films to popular TV shows
- Apply for our American exchange programme and spend one semester studying at a university in the States.
This course develops your critical and theoretical understanding of the moving image, drawing on a wide variety of disciplines including history, psychology, cultural studies and politics. You’ll consider areas such as genre, narration and the film and TV industry while exploring related topics such as writing, adaptation and the production context.
Professional links to inspire you
Our strong network of contacts within film and TV will open doors for you. We have close ties with QUAD, the arts and media centre which acts as a creative and cultural force for Derby and features an acclaimed independent cinema. The Chief Executive of QUAD – Adam Buss – is one of our Film and Television graduates.
We also offer exciting opportunities for you to hear from industry experts via a vibrant programme of guest lectures. Among the latest professionals sharing their insights were Terry Bamber, part of the team behind James Bond’s last five film outings, and Alan Brown, award-winning Creative Director of Chocolate Media, which creates factual and entertainment shows for top broadcasters in Britain and beyond.
Practical industry experience
As part of the course, there is the chance for you to attend a number of film festivals and we encourage you to undertake volunteering opportunities within the sector. Our close links with QUAD pave the way for you to respond to industry focussed briefs, produce copy for QUAD’s website and support the marketing and promotion of their annual film festival.
In the second and third stages of your studies, there is the option to select work experience modules so that you can gain practical experience of the creative and cultural industries.
The course also features an opportunity for you to focus on communication practice, exploring different forms of content production such as journalism, blog writing, public relations and promotional writing. In your first year, you will study either writing for media or screen narration, which involves some editing work. There are various writing projects in the second and third years of the programme too.
Learn from an expert team
You will be taught by active researchers and practitioners who will challenge and motivate you to get the most out of your studies. Our staff have industry experience and research expertise in areas ranging from British TV drama to international horror films, from science fiction on screen to fandom and cult media.
Our Film and Television subject leader, Teresa Forde, has published on science fiction film and television drama, including in the Intellect fandom series on Doctor Who. Senior Lecturer Nathan Hunt has published on video games and zombies.
They will build on your understanding of film theory with insights into the practical realities of film making. Associate Lecturer Kelly Holmes has, for instance, been writing and directing films for the past decade. Her latest work, Family Portrait – which tells the tale of a family in the late 1870s enduring the macabre Victorian practice of death portrait photography – scooped a top film festival award and will now be screened on a major French television channel.
Study in America
You can choose to study part of your degree at one of our partner universities in America:
- Eastern Michigan University
- Keene State College in New Hampshire
- Longwood University in Virginia
- Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Improve your career prospects
A Joint Honours degree fosters your analytical, evaluative, critical and creative thinking, together with your ability to learn and synthesise new skills and ideas.
Because Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree, you will also be able to demonstrate your organisational skills and capacity to work to deadlines, communicate effectively and carry out independent research.
Our students have taken the opportunity to combine Film and Television Studies with a wide range of other subjects from Journalism to Zoology. Popular Joint Honours subject combinations include:
What you will study
You can study Film and Television Studies as a joint subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.
The number of modules you take will depend on how you decide to combine Film and Television Studies with your other subject. You will study modules such as:
- The Moving Image
- European Cinema
- Screen Narration
- Writing for Media
- Critical Approaches to Film and Television Studies
- British Cinema in a Global Context
- Media and Communication Project
- TV Boxing Clever: Brand, Identity and Format
- Researching the Audience
- Work-based Learning in the Media and Cultural Industries
- American Exchange (replaces modules in spring semester)
- Independent Study
- Advanced Media and Communication Portfolio
- Screening Surveillance
- Documentary and Factual Production: Poetics and Praxis
- New Hollywood and Beyond
- The Magic Box: Cinema and Psyche.
This subject is delivered via lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will be asked to produce coursework within each module and will be provided with full feedback in order to improve your work.
You will benefit from the support of our study advisers based in the library as well as study workshops run by the library.
How you will be assessed
Film and Television Studies is assessed via a range of coursework, such as essays, reports, portfolios and presentations. There are no formal exams.
Who you will meet
You will be taught by a highly qualified and experienced team of lecturers, with individual areas of expertise and research in film and TV studies. They include:
- Programme Leader Teresa Forde who has particular interests in science fiction, technology, soundtracks, global media, cultural theory and history and memory in relation to film and TV
- Senior Lecturer Kelly Holmes who is a film director, scriptwriter and producer with research interests in film practice, narrative theory, spectatorship and gender, horror cinema and TV drama
- Senior Lecturer Dr Nathan Hunt whose research specialisms span media consumption, audience research, cult media and fandom, video games adaptations and intertextuality.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Graduates from this course have secured jobs in media-related careers such as cinema marketing or management, television production, television research, journalism, public relations and radio production.
You could also progress to roles in lecturing, teaching, museum work, library work and film archiving. If you want to continue your studies, you can consider postgraduate courses in subjects like film making, scriptwriting, journalism or teacher training.
Graduate success story
One of our graduates, Leigh Small, worked on a graphics traineeship offered through the ITV News Group. Over 1,000 people applied and Leigh had to impress at a series of interview stages before being appointed and taking up this fantastic opportunity.
After completing his training at ITV Central, Leigh was promoted and now works as a fully fledged graphic designer for ITV in Newcastle.
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† Additional information about your studies
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
Download programme specification
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Induction field trips - previous visits have included V & A museum, National Media Museum approx.
- Fresher’s film screening
- Trip to film screenings at Quad
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Printing and binding of one copy of dissertation - approx. £6
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Optional trip to Harry Potter Experience, cost approx. £12
- Travel costs for optional American exchange, cost approx. £1000
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.