Film and Television Studies BA
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About the course
This innovative course will enable you to explore a range of film and television forms and the social and industrial contexts in which they are produced and consumed.
You will develop the critical and technological vocabularies and theoretical frameworks necessary to analyse film and television texts and contexts.
Up to 40 per cent of your programme can come from practical modules, where you will be able to benefit from our new investment in cameras, editing suites with Avid and Final Cut Pro software programmes, and dedicated teaching space. We also offer excellent technical support.
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 practical work. You will also benefit from strong links between our teaching and staff research, which means you will often be taught by leading experts in particular aspects of film and television and gain first-hand from their own work (for more detail on this, see the 'special features' tab above).
From Hong Kong cinema to Hollywood and from science fiction to documentary, Film and TV Studies at Brunel University London examines a wide range of recent and contemporary production for big and small screen. The programme also offers thorough grounding in the history of film and television.
Popular formats such as horror, comedy and reality TV can be studied, and throughout the programme students are encouraged to analyse both mainstream and alternative practices.
Students also have the option of completing a practical dissertation in their final year. All practical modules include theoretical components – this means that you are required to analyse your own practical work and you will be assessed on both.
- You will develop conceptual and theoretical skills necessary to engage with film and television products.
- You will gain understanding in how film and television products work at aesthetic, social-cultural and institutional levels.
- You will acquire key practical abilities and transferable skills vital in the contemporary job market.
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.
- Critical Perspectives in Film and Television
- Formations: British Screen Culture and Society from 1979 to the present
- Television Genres
- Film Practice and Theory
- Film Style and History
- New Hollywood
- Science Fictions
- European Cinema
- Television Forms and Meanings
- Screenwriting and Narrative Theory
- British Cinemas and British Identities
- The Western
- Theorising Celebrity
- Asian Cinema
- Understanding the Film and Television Industries
- Special Project in Film and Television Studies
- Film and Video Practical Dissertation
- The Horror Film
- American Independent Cinema
- Alternative Film and Video Practice
- Analysis of Film and TV Work Experience
- Hong Kong Cinema
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and what you will learn on the course.
- 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.
- You will be able to make extensive use of HD digital cameras and Avid edit suites in practical modules.
- We have a dedicated work experience module and students are encouraged to take advantage of our 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.
Here are just some examples of how our research expertise benefits the teaching you will receive in our programme:
- If you opt for our Horror module, you will be taught by a team of experts including Leon Hunt and Milly Williamson, who have published widely in the field.
- If you study Media Freedom and Regulation, you will benefit from the expertise of Julian Petley, a renowned authority and the Chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. He has published a number of leading works on media policy and freedom that have helped to define the field, and has given evidence on the subject to Parliamentary committees and to the Leveson Inquiry.
- Our contemporary Hollywood cinema module is led by Geoff King, an internationally recognised expert on American film. He is the author of two influential books about Hollywood cinema. Geoff also teaches American Independent Cinema, on which he is a leading international authority and author of five books.
- Our video practice modules are taught by an experienced team including Mike Wayne, Daniele Rugo and Piotr Cieplak. Mike Wayne has an international reputation in critical, political and alternative media theory and practice, the latter including feature-length documentaries Listen to Venezuela and The Condition of the Working Class. Daniele Rugo has worked on numerous film productions and is director of a feature documentary, The Olympic Side of London, narrated by the writer Iain Sinclair. Piotr Cieplak has combined writing about Africa and film with the production Memory Places, a documentary about genocide memorial sites in Rwanda.
- If you choose our Hong Kong Cinema module, you will gain from the expertise of Leon Hunt, a leading expert on Asian cinema and author of Kung Fu Cult Masters among other works on this and related topics.
- Political Cinema is taught by Mike Wayne, a leading figure in the contemporary study of film from Marxist and related political perspectives.
- Our Theorising Celebrity module is taught by Milly Williamson, whose new book offers a groundbreaking study of this high-profile realm on TV and wider media culture.
- Comedy is taught by a team including Geoff King and Leon Hunt, each of whom has written influential books on the subject and are well known experts in the field.
- Our Animation module runs across the Film & TV and Games Design programmes and is taught by Thaleia Deniozou, a lecturer in games design and a digital artist with extensive animation experience, as well as Caroline Ruddell, a leading theorist in Animation Studies.
Teaching and Assessment
You will be taught using a combination of lectures, seminars, class screenings, workshops and tutorials.
For theory modules, there will usually be a weekly screening of a film or programme relevant to the topic being studied that week. This is followed by a lecture that sets out some of the key ideas and theories for that week. You will then attend a seminar, which is your opportunity to contribute to group discussion and share ideas with others in the class.
For practical modules, a combination of workshops, training sessions and tutorials will be used. There will also be set readings (for all modules) for each week to help prepare you for teaching sessions and to build your critical knowledge.
In addition to timetabled sessions, module tutors will also be available for one-to-one tutorials to provide guidance on the module, coursework and any other matters that may wish to discuss. They will have regular published office hours when they are available to meet you, or you may email them if you need to make alternative arrangements.
All final-year students are required to complete a dissertation/project under the supervision of a member of the teaching team. This may take the form of a practice-based project with an accompanying analysis or a written piece on a subject of your choice. You will also be encouraged to prepare yourself for the job market by taking our dedicated work-experience module.
Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you have to pass this level to continue with the course. Level 2 is worth a third and Level 3 is worth the rest. The final year project is worth a third of Level 3 marks.
Assessment is by a variety of methods, including essays, projects, presentations, audiovisual production and ‘seen’ exams.
Our BA Film and Television Studies equips you with a range of creative, conceptual and related skills sought by employers.
You will also develop your confidence and learn how to work independently and in teams – all crucial qualities sought in the contemporary jobs market.
Practical modules will give you a number of skills more specific to the film and television industries. A key contribution to strengthening employability is offered by our final-year work experience module that takes advantage of our wide range of contacts in the film, TV and related industries.
Our graduates have taken up posts in the film and television industries and in other fields such as 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.
Past students have gone on to work for companies including the BBC, Granada Television and Ridley Scott Associates in roles as diverse as casting agents, researchers, production assistants and film officers.
Our programme also equips you for a much wider range of careers, offering the same kinds of strengths as those provided by other degrees in the arts and humanities.
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 BBC (all subjects considered).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject, with an A-Level at grade B.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grade BC.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at level 3 with Merits in all units.
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.