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English & Creative Writing at Brunel, ranked 8th in UK – Guardian University Guide 2018
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Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).
About the course
This flexible degree enables students to carry out critical analysis of some of society’s most powerful media: literature, film and television.
- You will explore the ways in which film and television relate to history, culture and identity, in addition to studying major areas of English literature.
- You will develop an informed understanding of current debates in both these fields and are encouraged to explore your own ideas and interests.
This degree provides you with a varied, challenging, and enjoyable programme. You will engage in in-depth study of the major areas of English literature from the Renaissance to the most recent publications in poetry, fiction and drama, whilst developing an informed understanding of current debates in the subject. You will explore literature by looking at its structures and forms as well as the varying contexts in which it is produced and read.
Film and Television Studies
From Hong Kong cinema to Hollywood and from Science Fiction to Documentary, Film and TV Studies at Brunel examines a wide range of recent and contemporary productions for both the big and small screen. The course offers many innovative, exciting and distinctive modules, taught by a team of enthusiastic staff.
Individual modules focus on both mainstream and alternative practices, the latter including American Independent Cinema and Alternative Film and Video Practices. Popular genres such as Horror and Comedy are studied alongside, and informed by, more theoretically oriented material.
Limited opportunities will be available for practical work, significantly less so than is the case for Single Honour students.
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- The degree is designed to develop your ability to read texts in increasingly complex and diverse ways.
- While we include modules from the Renaissance to the present day, our BA is so much more that a historical study of English Literature. Right from the start you’ll be introduced to a whole range of critical perspectives, approaches and contexts which will give you the tools to interrogate your reading. Ours is an exciting, dynamic, wide-ranging course with plenty of flexibility allowing you to follow your own individual tastes and literary passions.
Film and Television Studies
- You will study film and television texts from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
- You will develop the critical and technological vocabularies and theoretical frameworks with which to conduct close textual and contextual analysis.
Department of Arts and Humanities
College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
Brunel University London
Middlesex UB8 3PH
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The BA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
- Perspectives 1
- Ensemble Production
- Critical Perspectives on Film and Television
- Directing 1: Contexts, Theories and Practices
- Playwriting 1
- Physical Theatre: Between Dance and Theatre
- Acting: Essential Skills
- Applied Drama Practice: An Introduction
- Digital Perfomance 1
- Musical Theatre
- Television Genres
- Film Practice and Theory
- Film Style and History
- Formations: British Screen Culture and Society from 1979 to the present
- Nineteenth-Century Novel
- Shakespeare Text and Performance
- The Women's Movement and 20th Century Writing
- Post-Colonial Writing
- Romanticism and Revolution
- Contemporary British Fiction
- Genre Fiction
- New Hollywood
- Science Fictions
- European Cinema
- Television: Forms and Meanings
- Screenwriting and Narrative Theory
- Asian Cinema
- Short Fiction
- Understanding the Film and Television Industries
Select 1 option
- Film and Video Practical Dissertation
In FTV, you can select from:
- Gender and Sexuality
- The Horror Film
- American Independent Cinema
- Alternative Film and Video Practice
- Analysis of Film and TV Work Experience
- In English, you can select from:
- Victorian Literature and Culture
- Post War and Late Twentieth Century Literature 1945 – 2001
- Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature
- Writing Ireland
- Creative Industries
- The Muslim World in Early Modern English Literature
- Chaucer to Shakespeare
- Reading for Writers / Wrting for Readers
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and what you will learn on the course.
English is particularly good at developing the transferable personal skills that employers prize in graduates. The degree emphasises imagination, independence of thought and intellectual flexibility.
We focus both on acquisition of knowledge and analytical skills. You will improve your ability to manage your own learning and will develop personal and collaborative communication skills.
Many Brunel English graduates go into teaching; many into media-related jobs like publishing, marketing and journalism; and others into the business world as account executives, campaign organisers and consultants.
There are openings in the fields of journalism, publishing, research, critical writing, arts administration and programming. Our programme also provides a good basis for postgraduate study and the pursuit of higher qualifications in both theoretical and practical areas.
Brunel English graduates have gone on to work in companies such as the BBC and Universal Studios.
Film and Television Studies graduates have excellent employment opportunities and have gone on to work for the BBC, Granada Television and Ridley Scott Associates in roles as diverse as casting agents, researchers, production assistants and film officers.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry Criteria 2017/18
- GCE A-level BBB, including Grade B in English Literature, English Language and Literature or Literature in English.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Creative Media Production, plus Grade B in A-level English (Applicants without A-level English will be required to submit a written sample of work on request).
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject, with an A-level in English at grade B.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-levels grade BB including English.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including Higher Level 5 in English.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units. Access students must also provide a sample of writing.
5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade C and English Language at Grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.
Teaching and Assessment
You will study a variety of traditional and non-traditional texts, covering various modes and genres of literature from the Early Modern Period to Contemporary Writing.
By the end of your degree you will have covered key texts in the history of English literature as well as learned about various critical frameworks, contexts and theoretical perspectives. You will have honed existing skills and developed new abilities, such as in the areas of research and writing, oral presentations, analysis and critical thinking, project management, collaboration and teamwork.
Depending on individual modules, teaching will consist of a combination of lectures, seminars, class screenings, workshops and tutorials.
Assessment is by a variety of methods. These include essays, projects, presentations and exams.
- English is ranked 8th in UK – Guardian University Guide 2018
- English has a growing international reputation focused around the Brunel Centre of Contemporary Writing (BCCW) and Entertext, an interdisciplinary eJournal.
- Our English course is taught by world-class researchers, giving students the opportunity to get involved with research institute-led seminars and conferences.
- The University is within reach of London and the West End theatres, the British Library, Shakespeare's Globe, museums and other research centres.
Film and Television Studies
- Film and TV Studies at Brunel is Ranked 7th in London (The Guardian 2017).
- Brunel students have access to the latest equipment and technology. Our editing suites have up-to-date production software such as Avid with accredited training facilities for Final Cut Pro 10.
- Film and TV Studies at Brunel is strongly committed to making links between teaching and research, with most modules taught by staff who have published authoritative work in their field.
- We run masterclasses with filmmakers and screenwriters to give you expert advice and guidance.
- The degree focuses on film and television, NOT journalism or radio. The Students’ Union, however, has a radio station and a student magazine for those aiming at careers in news/presenting.
Facts and Figures
The English department at Brunel University London is ranked 11th in the UK in the Guardian League table June 2016.
Brunel has a growing reputation for its teaching and research in the fields of Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing, and for its work in the areas of Renaissance Studies, Nineteenth Century Literature, and Postcolonial Studies. It offers innovative courses across a broad range of periods and genres covering a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional texts, all taught by enthusiastic staff who are specialists in their fields.