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Film and Television Studies - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Make your dreams of writing about film and television or working in the media industries a reality with this innovative course combining theory and practice. The course provides a wide-ranging examination of film and television cultures, considering a variety of approaches and national contexts, and enabling the development of key filmmaking, documentary and screenwriting skills.

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The Film and Televsion Studies BA degree will guide you through a combination of theoretical, historical and cultural approaches as you explore American, British, European and world cinema and television from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The course teaching team is made up of film and television specialists recognised internationally for research that forms an essential part of the course.

Practice-based projects in short filmmaking, documentary and screenwriting are informed by your growing critical awareness and are enabled by our advanced production and editing facilities. You'll develop transferable skills through a variety of teaching methods and gain key higher learning skills through additional teaching tailored to university study.


You'll be assessed with coursework, practical group work, in-class exams and a final dissertation or practice/theory project.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • or entry in the 2016-17 academic year: 280 UCAS points from three or more A levels or 320 UCAS points from a BTEC National, Level 3 Diploma or equivalent
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

Mature students are also encouraged to apply.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    Module Code:
    Module Title: Approaches to Film and Television
    Description: This module investigates key approaches to the study of film as an academic discipline.
    It will introduce students to a broad range of theories, encompassing such topics as authorship, genre theory, star studies, historical poetics, film style, theories of spectatorship and psychoanalysis, feminist film theory, developments in audience studies and cultural studies. The module will examine a variety of theoretical approaches to film In addition, the module addresses issues of film style, enabling students to develop skills of textual analysis.
    Teaching Period: Year Long (30 weeks)
    Assessment: Textual analysis in-class test (20%), Evaluation (30%), Essay (50%)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    Module Code:
    Module Title: Film and Television Histories
    This module introduces students to the history of film and television from 1895 to the present.
    It explores key developments, movements and trends in countries such as Britain, Italy, France, Japan, Germany, Sweden and America, including the ‘cinema of attraction’; the emergence of narrative cinema; stardom; the development of the sound film; film as propaganda; the Hollywood studio system; animation and European art cinema. Specific case-studies and examples will be used to examine the history of film and television within broader cultural, industrial, political and social contexts. Attention is primarily given to feature films, but documentary and experimental films in both feature and short-film length will also be screened and considered. 
    Teaching Period: Year Long (30 weeks)
    Assessment: Group presentation (20%), bibliography (30%), essay (50%)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module introduces students to key issues and personnel in the history of American cinema and television. The module explores the development of both industries, considering issues of censorship, politics and audience, and examines key genres, stars and directors and their significance in relation to American culture.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    The module focuses on the role of genre in media production and consumption. Each delivery will explore three different genres, provide an introduction to the history of each, an overview of its conventions, a discussion of significant media texts within that genre, and opportunities for students to critically engage with genre texts. The module will address genre issues across a range of media forms, including film, television, radio, advertising, literature, mass publishing, and video games. The specific types of media genres addressed each year will change to reflect the changing media marketplace, and the changing critical tradition of media and cultural studies. Typical indicative genre forms covered by the module may include: science fiction, crime drama, heist movies, romantic comedies, situation comedies, soap operas, specific genres of documentary (such as biographical documentaries or science documentaries), the thriller, film noir and neo-noir, or martial arts movies.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module introduces students to a range of photographic and digital video and sound practices, through a variety of practical exercises. This will provide them with a range of potentially employable skills. Through this practical engagement with digital video and photographic technologies, students will also reach a greater understanding of a number of theories and histories relating to photography and to the moving image and sound.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    The module will examine a variety of European, including British, films in relation to their specific cultural, historical and social and political contexts, considering the way in which national identity is imagined, interrogated and contested in these films. The module explores the articulation of nationhood and national identities in European film through a variety of themes. The themes are linked with important contemporary issues of Europe’s historical and social experience. They include European cinema and the idea of Europe; the European and the national; European art cinema; popular European genres; history, memory and the national past; space and place in European cinema; stars as national and transnational icons; diasporic national identities; European co-productions and franchised television dramas and women’s film and television in Europe.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module will enable students to explore a range of film and television moving image texts through practical exercises, experimentation, observation, analysis and documentation. Focusing on a series of key texts, through screenings, lectures, workshops and seminars, students will gain an enhanced understanding of how the key construction aspects – production development, cinematography, design, performance, sound, television studio work, editing, post-production and effects – shape a work’s narrative, language, genre, ideology, construction of reality, appearance and reception contexts.

    Equally, this module will engage with a range of aspects of television production, providing the opportunity for students to experience television studio operation. This will include opportunities to assume specialised operational and technical roles required in ‘live’ television and gallery production, such as director, floor manager and camera operator. The module also takes account of freelance operating models and emerging technology. This practice-led work will be underpinned by a carefully critical approach to television conventions and analyses of television products, in order to extend students' theoretical knowledge. Students will be encouraged to work as self-motivated reflective practitioners, operating effectively within the team to produce a live television programme.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    Representation and Identity

    The module will investigate the representation of a range of identities in film and television, made both in the mainstream and at the margins. The module examines representations of race, femininity, masculinity and sexuality in film and popular culture, comparing and contrasting representations from various periods and cultures.The students will be introduced to theoretical approaches to analysing the representation of identity in film and visual culture, including cultural, post-colonial, feminist and queer theories.

    In the final three weeks of teaching, students will take stock of their learning at levels 4 and 5 via a period of workshops, study visits and independent research culminating in the submission of their project plan for level 6, which includes a reflective element related to their personal development planning.

    This module is taught over 30 weeks using a blended learning delivery. The assessment comprises two essays (30% and 40% respectively), a summary of online comments (20%) and a project plan (10%).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module considers contemporary American television in relation to industry shifts, stylistic innovation and its representation of American culture, society and politics. Studies will examine studios such as HBO and a variety of comedies and dramas as case studies of industrial issues and cultural representations.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    This module will examine the ways in which philosophy can enrich our experience of films and contribute to their analysis; and conversely to what extent films can actively participate in the exploration and understanding of philosophical problems. The module will, therefore, provide a good introduction to some of the basic problems that have exercised philosophers in modern times, such as scepticism about the existence of the external world and other minds, the problem of free will, and the nature of personal identity. It will ask whether the advent of cinema as a new medium of communication altered some of the underlying preconceptions that have shaped these debates. By examining specific films from a variety of genres the module will explore the various ways in which film can cinematically present philosophical ideas, and will pursue the question of whether there is a specifically cinematic mode of doing philosophy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester morning

    This module provides students with the opportunity to obtain academic credit (15 credits at Level 5) for learning gained through prior or concurrent experience in service-learning activities and employment, which demonstrably contributes towards their portfolio of employable skills, particularly in the area of media work in general. This might include volunteering, peer mentoring or peer assistance, service to community activities, work-based learning gained through student employment initiatives in the University, or generic workplace learning such as part-time or vacation employment. Students must demonstrate how they have developed high-level transferable and career management skills through such activity, or how it has demonstrably contributed towards their engagement with the discipline of Film and Television Studies. The module enables them to articulate these benefits, in order to achieve their career or continuing study goals.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module provides an opportunity to study across text, performance and creative writing. Students will study the formal characteristics of screenplays and the political, social and philosophical concerns of the societies in which they have developed. This will be combined with a study of film performance and production where students will examine how writing and performance intersect, inform, and inspire each other. Students will develop specialist skills both in the critical and theoretical analysis of films and screenplays, and in creative writing of scripts for screen.

    This module will be delivered in combination with the 30 credit, Level 5, Scripting Performance for Screen and Stage module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The module explores ideas around stardom and performance, considering their significance in relation to notions of identity, cultural context, filmic narrative and audience reception. A number of case studies will be examined as the module explores shifting ideas of stardom across both eras and screen media.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    This module explores issues of reception and interpretation within the field of film studies both in historical and theoretical terms. Using a variety of case-studies, the module explores the historical and theoretical issues that inform and structure film reception and interpretation, the interaction between text and context and the formation of film canons.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module allows students to explore in depth a theory or theory/practice topic of their own choice, arising out of their study at levels 4 and 5 (subject to supervisor approval). Students have formulated an initial plan in the level 5 module ‘Representation and Identity’. Students are further supported in the development of the project via Film Studies workshops at the beginning of the academic year and at intervals throughout. Their individual study is facilitated by a tutor assigned to the project according to subject specialism.

    This module is mainly self-managed by the student with facilitation by a specialist in the chosen subject. Students’ individual work is supported by regular consultation and feedback from their tutor and peer-led workshops.

    The project incorporates both formative and summative assessment. Students will present their project plan orally in a subject specific workshop and in written form to their project supervisor. The summative assessment consists of the actual project, either a written project or a film with outline, treatment and theoretical statement (90%) and the project management (10%).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module explores the ways in which Hollywood film represents American history and culture. Considering both specific historical events and broader cultural eras, the module examines both issues of historical narrative and Hollywood’s key role in both representing and challenging norms of American culture.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module charts the development of the French New Wave, a group of films of the late 1950s and 1960s and one of the most influential movements in film history.
    The work of a new generation of directors many of whom had started as film critics, the module will consider this distinctive film style in the context of the social changes that transformed post-war French society and culture.
    In tandem with the rise of cinephilia and the love of American cinema, the module will trace the passage from theory into practice. The textual properties of the films and their artistic innovations will be explored in connection with the representation of youth, modernity, the city of Paris, history and gender relations.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    This module investigates theories of realism and representation in relation to documentary, whether made for cinema or television. The student will explore the production of meaning across a range of documentary genres. Conventions of realism will be analysed in relation to changing industrial, technological and cultural contexts. Students will work in small groups to produce a short documentary through which to advance their filmmaking skills, and to engage with the challenge of representation in our culturally diverse communities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    This module examines the Hollywood film musical, its historical development and its relationship to American culture and identity. Films will be explored in relation to a variety of generic, structural, stylistic and thematic issues.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    This module will develop further students’ understanding of and practice in screenwriting. The module will focus particularly on how both television writing and a range of film texts might differ from accepted conventions of writing for the screen. Students will be introduced to a range of texts and approaches which develop their understanding of both the specifics of writing for television and alternative approaches to writing for film. Students will produce their own treatment and script showing the influence of one or more of the approaches discussed.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Approaches to Film an Television
  • Film and Television Histories
  • Introduction to American Film and Television
  • Moving Image and Sound Practice

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Cinema and Television in Europe
  • Film and Television Practice
  • Representation and Identity
  • Stardom and Performance
  • Recognition of Work
  • Contemporary American Television
  • Film and Philosophy
  • Scripting Performance for Screen

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Project (Film and Television Studies)
  • Screening America in Hollywood Film
  • The French New Wave
  • Film Reception and Interpretation
  • Writing for Film and Television
  • The Hollywood Musical
  • Documentary Filmmaking

Studying this degree, you'll develop transferable skills that will increase your employability.

Students go on to work, for example, in film and television companies, independent production houses, media journalism, film marketing and publicity and cinema exhibition, as well as going forward to postgraduate study.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

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The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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