Undergraduate Study

BA Film and Television Studies

Our programme offers an innovative and flexible approach to the study of film and television. You will be given the chance to explore a wide range of material, from both analytical and practical perspectives. From Hong Kong cinema to Bollywood and Hollywood and from science fiction to documentary, our modules are designed to give you a highly up-to-date understanding of the world of film and television, a crucial part of the contemporary social and media landscape.

A sample of student practical work


Our main strength is our teaching team, a fact reflected in the very positive responses our modules get from student feedback. A key feature of the course is that our tutors teach material that relates directly to their own research interests, publications or film-making. That means you’ll often be taught by figures who don’t just use textbooks written by others but who have helped to define the shape of their own fields and are internationally recognized researchers.

By bringing together theory and practice, our programme encourages you to develop critical perspectives on the creation of meaning and to reflect analytically on your own practical work. We aim to create an experience in which theoretical approaches to film and television influence your practical work, and where practical work enriches your theoretical understanding. Up to 40% of your programme can come from practical modules, where we have benefited from new investment in cameras, editing suites with Avid and Final Cut Pro software programmes and dedicated teaching space. We also offer excellent technical support.

We are committed to equipping you with the skills and experience for the jobs market. We have an extensive range of contacts in film and television production distribution and exhibition in London, as well as in media public relations and marketing. We are often approached by media companies looking for students to help out on specific projects and you will be encouraged to seek out work experience throughout your three years on the programme. All final year students are offered the opportunity to take a dedicated work experience module that involves industry placement.

Individual modules from which you’ll be able to choose focus on both mainstream/popular and alternative production, the latter including American Independent Cinema, Political Cinema and Alternative Film and Video Practices. Popular formats such as Horror, Comedy and Celebrity TV are studied alongside, and informed by, critical perspectives and theoretically-oriented material.Major approaches to film and television offered on this course include close examination of films and television programmes – how they are shot or edited, for example – to understand the particular ways in which these media work and create meanings. Individual texts are also situated in their wider social, cultural and industrial or institutional contexts. This involves questions such as what picture of the world is presented in various types of film and television – and how these might be related to the particular times and places in which they’re produced.

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