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Film and Television Studies and English

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Practice option

Overview

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

English & Creative Writing at Brunel, ranked 8th in UK (Guardian University Guide 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 a playback of our recent English webinar, click here. 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 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.

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.

English

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.

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Aims

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.

English

  • 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.

 

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

  • Storytelling;
  • Representation and Identity;
  • Portfolio Critical Reading;
  • Reading Resilience;
  • World Literature,
  • World Literacies 

Level 2

Compulsory

  • Film and TV Genres
  • Screenwriting

Optional

  • Nineteenth-Century Novel
  • Shakespeare Text and Performance
  • The Women’s Movement: 20th Century and Contemporary Writing
  • Post-Colonial Writing
  • Modernism
  • Romanticism and Revolution
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Genre Fiction

Level 3

Compulsory

  • Written Dissertation in Film/Television or  Video Essay in Film/Tv or English Project

Optional

From FTV, you can select from:

  • QualityTV
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Work Experience
  • Horror
  • Independent and Art Cinema
  • Image and Violence or Digital media Project

From English, you can select from:

  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Post-War and Late Twentieth-Century Literature, 1945-2001
  • Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature
  • Psychogeography
  • Writing Ireland
  • Creative Industries
  • Violence
  • The Muslim World in Early Modern English Literature
  • Chaucer to Shakespeare
  • Reading for Writers / Writing for Readers

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.

Combining your studies with English is particularly good for 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.

 

Careers

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.

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.

Brunel English graduates have gone on to work in companies such as the BBC and Universal Studios. 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.

 

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 2018/19

  • GCE A-level BBC, 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 BC including English.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 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 will be required to provide a sample of writing on request.

GCSE English grade C or grade 4 is required. 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)

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

Teaching

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.

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

Assessment is by a variety of methods. These include essays, projects, presentations and exams.

Special Features

Film and Television Studies

  • Film and TV Studies at Brunel is Ranked 5th in London (The Guardian 2018).
  • 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.

English

  • 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.

 

Facts and Figures

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.

 

Fees for 2018/19 entry

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

International students: £14,800 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants