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Film and Television Studies and English BA

Course code

W630

W63P with work placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

6 years part-time

Fees

2019/20:

Distance Learning UK / EU:  £9,250

International:  £15,400

Entry requirements

BBC (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

29 (IB)

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Overview

Have you grown up with a deep interest in film and television and the thinking that goes into bringing entertainment to homes across the country? Take a step into this fast-paced and exciting industry by studying Brunel’s Film and Television Studies and English BA.

Your degree will give you a thorough understanding of film and television by examining a wide range of recent and contemporary productions for both the big and small screen. You will gain an insight into a range of genres as your studies will explore Hong Kong to Hollywood cinema, science fiction, documentaries, and everything in between.

By opting for this joint honours degree with English, you will also study 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.

This is an exciting, dynamic, wide-ranging course with plenty of flexibility allowing you to follow your own individual tastes and literary passions.

The film and television industries are very hands-on and wide-ranging fields, therefore you will be able to make modules choice accordingly. After the first year, up to 40% of your module choices can be practical so you are able to take the theory you have learned and put it into practice by applying it to your own work.

As well as enhancing your learning by attending screenings at the British Film Institute, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and other cinemas across the capital, you will also be eligible to enter our annual Brunel University Film Festival (BUFF) with categories including Best Fiction, Best Non-Fiction and Best Overall Film. This will allow you to put all your practical and theory skills into practice and will give you the opportunity to showcase your talents.

Brunel offers students access to fantastic editing suites with up-to-date production software including Avid with accredited training facilities for Final Cut Pro 10, allowing you to bring your ideas, thoughts and inspirations to life.

As you’ll be taught and supported by academics who are experts in their field, you’ll develop skills that can be applied from the classroom to the workplace. They know the industry inside out, so you know you are learning from experienced professionals who will bring their unique insights into your learning.

Gain an insight into life after your studies by putting your learning into practice by opting for a one-year work placement. You will graduate with valuable work experience to enhance your employment prospects and will be able to develop an understanding the working world within the film industry. We have excellent links with a wide range of notable external organisations, so you will have the opportunity to apply for high quality placements across London.

Previous students have undertaken placement at many prestigious venues including The Pinewood Group, Fremantle Media, Objective Productions, WaterAid and BalletBoyz.

As a graduate of this dynamic degree, you will leave us with the confidence to be able to develop a creative idea and see it through to the end – a transferable skill valuable in any sector.

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Course content

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 also have the opportunity to develop your interest in a variety of English modules.

For your practical modules, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art equipment including HD digital cameras. You’ll learn to edit on Avid and Final Cut Pro in our first-class edit suites, with plenty of technical support on hand.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers. Please see programme specification for the specific optional module combination choices that are available.

Please note
Year 3 compulsory modules are structured as follows:

Option 1 - either FM3001 or FM3640 or EN3003
Option 2 - two single projects FM3002 and EN3004
Option 3 - Joint Written Dissertation between Film/TV and English

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a work placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

During your work experience you’ll gain training and skills in your area of interest and get insight into the working practices of film and media organisations. As well as building confidence, you’ll develop the problem-solving and management skills required to succeed in your future career.

Graduating with a joint English and Film and Television Studies degree, will give you an additional advantage of benefitting from our extensive contacts in film and television production, distribution and exhibition in London, as well as in media public relations and marketing.

Our graduates have secured jobs with companies including BBC, Universal Studios, ITV, Granada, Amazon Prime, Framestore and Ridley Scott Associates as casting agents, researchers, production assistants, script writers, video content editors and film officers.

As well as gaining excellent academic knowledge throughout your studies, emphasis is placed on gaining transferable employment skills. You will develop communication, report writing and presentation skills to an excellent level, equipping you for a range of subsequent professional careers.

Brunel’s Professional Development Centre is a dedicated service that are committed to increasing our students' employability, helping you to develop the skills and experience you need to stand out in the job market. They will help you with placements, CV writing and interviews during your time with us, and will still be on-hand to help you for two years after you graduate.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC, including Grade B in English Literature or English Language plus Literature or Literature in English.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Art and Design, Applied Science, Business, Creative Media Production, Media, Performing Arts or Production Arts AND A-level English grade B. OR if applicant does not have A-level English Literature or English Language & Literature they will need to submit a written sample of work.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Art and Design, Applied Science, Creative Media Production, Performing Arts, Media or Production Arts AND an A-level at grade B in English Literature or English Language and Literature combined or Literature in English.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject AND A-levels grade BC including English Literature or English Language and Literature combined or Literature in English at grade B.
  • 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 Merit in all units. Access students will be required to provide a sample of writing on request.

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.

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EU and International entry requirements

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.

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.

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 through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

Distance Learning UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£5,203 part-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£15,400 full-time

£8,662 part-time

£1,000 placement year

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, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll benefit from lectures, group tutorials, workshops and seminars, as well as one-to-one supervision in your final year project. Group seminars and personal tutorials allow you to learn in smaller groups and in one-to-one discussions.

To enhance your learning, you will have access to fantastic state-of-the-art facilities and equipment including; 17 fully-equipped edit suites, Final Cut Pro X, Avid and/or Adobe Premiere, and cameras including Canon C100, Sony PMW200, Canon XF100, Canon 5D.

Should you need guidance on the module, coursework and any other matters that may wish to discuss, module tutors are available for one-to-one tutorials.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Assessment will be through completing practical work, including videos, scripting, storyboards, websites, coursework essays and projects, seminar presentations and video essays.

All final-year students are required to complete a dissertation or 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.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.