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Film and Television Studies BA

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Study mode

3-year full-time; 4.5 - 6-year part-time

UCAS code

W620, W621 with Placement Year

Start date

September

Study location

Brunel University London campus

Entry criteria

BBC (A-level)

Placement Offered This course has a Placement Year option

Overview

Film and TV Studies is ranked Top 5 London (Guardian League Table 2018).

We regularly host online webinars to give you the chance to find out more about our courses and what studying at Brunel is like.  For the Film and TV webinar, click here.

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 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 world cinema to quality television and from art cinema to documentary, Film and TV Studies at Brunel University London examines a wide range of recent and contemporary production for the big and small screen. The programme also offers thorough grounding in the history of film and television.

Popular formats such as horror 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 video essay 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.

Aims

  • 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.

Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


Course content

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.

Level 1

Compulsory

  • Storytelling
  • Technology, Industry and Form
  • Creative Project Development
  • Identity and Representation

Level 2

Compulsory

  • World Cinemas
  • Television: Texts and Contexts
  • Short Fictions
  • Understanding the Film and Television Industries

 Optional

  • Screenwriting and Narrative Theory
  • Film and TV Genres

Level 3

Compulsory

  • Quality TV: International Perspectives
  • Special Project in Film and Television Studies

Or

  • Video Essay

Optional

  • Independent and Art Cinema
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • The Horror Film
  • Alternative Film and Video Practice
  • Analysis of Film and TV Work Experience
  • Racism, Identity & Difference
  • Changing Audiences
  • Digital Cultures
  • Digital Media Project
  • Psychogeography

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Employability

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.

Careers and your future

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.

» More about Employability

Entry criteria 2019/20

  • GCE A-level BBC (all subjects considered).

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Art and Design, Applied Science, Business, Creative Media Production, Media, Performing Arts or Production Arts.

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Art and Design, Applied Science, Creative Media Production, Performing Arts, Media or Production Arts, 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.

 A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally 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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

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.

Assessment and feedback

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.

Special features

  • Film and TV Studies is ranked Top 5 London (Guardian League Table 2018).
  • You will 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 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, who have published widely in the field.
  • Geoff King is an expert in the field of American cinema. He is the author of several influential books about Hollywood and American independent cinema. Geoff also teaches Independent and Art Cinema, on which he is a leading international authority.
  • Our video practice modules are taught by an experienced team including Daniele Rugo and Ramon Bloomberg. 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. Ramon Bloomberg is an award-winning filmmaker.
  • Gender and Sexuality is taught by a team including Caroline Ruddell and Leon Hunt, each of whom are experts in the field. Caroline is also a leading theorist in Animation Studies.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £6,935 part-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £15,400 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.