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Film and Television Studies - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

You'll gain a strong understanding of the film and television industry and its significance across the globe. Through practical learning you'll develop an array of transferrable skills, preparing you for a huge choice of roles in the cultural industries or for further study.

The course shares a common first year with our Film and Television Production BA, which covers essential knowledge of the film and television industry and basic audio-visual skills. You'll specialise in academic, historical and cultural analysis of film and television.

We're in the top 30 universities in the country for film production and photography according to the Guardian university league tables 2022.

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More about this course

Recent graduates have gone on to study master's degrees at King's College London or take on roles in organisations including Netflix, Curzon Cinemas, the British Film Institute (BFI) and a variety of production companies including Graham Norton’s So Television.

Our Film and Television Studies teaching staff are internationally renowned experts in their field. Widely published, Dr Karen McNally specialises in Hollywood cinema and American television, has collaborated in international research projects and spoken about Hollywood cinema on Channel 4, BBC Radio and at the British Film Institute. Dr Leila Wimmer specialises in French cinema and is also widely published. Her work includes a monograph and essays in a variety of journals and edited volumes.

You can get a taste for life at our School of Computing and Digital Media by taking a look at our showcase of recent student work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of coursework and in-class assignments. These will include essay plans, summaries, presentations, textual analysis, essays and screenplays.

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Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code P302
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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

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

  • 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)

Application may include a compulsory interview and/or portfolio submission.

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Film and Television Studies (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 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
    • all year (January start) - Monday afternoon

    This module introduces students to key theoretical approaches to film, forming a basis for future study through the Film Studies film course.

    Students will learn how to apply these approaches through independent textual analysis, developing an understanding of the relationship between text, theory and the wider study of film.

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

    A highly practical module in which students learn the fundamentals of short film, drama and documentary filmmaking. Students will work on a range of projects both individually and in teams to gain a broad understanding of film and television production. By the end of the module the student will have completed a showreel of films and developed skills in preproduction, production and postproduction techniques.

    There will be an emphasis on professional practice such as how to work with cast and crew in a safe an ethical way.

    This module is studied alongside and in combination with MD4002 Film and TV Production.

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

    A highly creative module in which students devise and develop concepts for their film and TV projects. The module will give an introduction to the commissioning process and will include input from industry professionals.

    Students will be required to research, pitch and develop treatments, storyboards and scripts following industry guidelines and legal frameworks.

    Students will learn about approaches to short film, drama and documentary storytelling via screenings, discussion and practice.

    The module will provide an insight into the paperwork and planning required for different production roles.

    Personal development, reflection and evaluation on the productions will also be a key element.

    This module is studied alongside and in combination with MD4001 Film and TV Practice.

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

    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, France, Russia, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Japan and America, including the ‘cinema of attractions’; the emergence of narrative cinema; stardom; the development of sound; film as propaganda; the Hollywood studio system; animation and European art cinema. Specific case-study 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-length will also be screened and considered.

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Year 2 modules include:

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

    The module will examine a variety of European, including British, films in relation to their specific cultural, historical and social contexts, considering the way in which national identity is imagined, interrogated and contested in these films. You will explore European film through a variety of themes. The themes are linked with important contemporary issues of Europe’s historical and social experience. They might include European cinema and the idea of Europe; from national to transnational cinema; European art cinema; popular European genres; history, memory and the national past; the European road movie; the city film; space and place in European cinema; stars as national and transnational icons; Post-colonial cinema; migrant and diasporic identities in contemporary Europe; ‘Fortress Europe’; transgender and queer cinema; European co-productions and women’s cinema in Britain and Europe.

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

    This module provides a thorough overview of institutions, economics, technologies, texts, audiences and production practices, relating to television broadcasting and its contemporary online successors.

    The aims of this module are to:

    1. Introduce students to a range of a range of debates about the role of television in everyday life.
    2. Encourage students to deploy critical methods of analysis from previous modules to television and develop these skills through examination of specific case studies.

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

    This module develops students’ critical abilities in the analysis of film & television forms and texts, the circumstances of their financing, production, distribution and exhibition in the economy and society. It considers the role of different film and television production models, and encourages students to apply what they have learned from this analysis. The module provides an insight into the role of marketing, public relations and other promotional activities in the film and television industries. It also develops the ability of the student to critically evaluate the film and television labour market, and situate their own filmmaking practice within this framework. Alongside this critical approach, students construct an online presence as part of their professional portfolio, applying concepts and perspectives derived from the module both to examples from the wider industry and their own filmmaking practice. Students also analyse a particular professional career path as part of module.

    The module provides an industry and employment-oriented perspective on the field for students across Film and Television Production and Film and Television Studies, providing a counterpoint to the personal creative aspects of film and television production in studio modules, and building on the critical and analytical elements of earlier modules in L4.

    This module aims to:
    • To outline film & television industry structures and current industry opportunities.
    • To acquaint students with key economic and institutional developments in film & television with particular emphasis on Britain.
    • To understand current trends in the media industry towards transmedia (when media content is created to be used across a range of media platforms such as computers, mobile phones and other mobile devices).
    • To encourage students to link such critical research and study to their own practice.

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

    This module explores Hollywood cinema by exploring both key moments in its industrial development as well as by positioning Hollywood filmmaking as a national cinema affected by America’s culture and politics. Examining the history of Hollywood from the beginnings of the studio system to the contemporary industry, students will consider the development of an industry and its filmmaking practices, its relationship to wider cultural and political moments, as well as some of the films which define the shifting patterns of Hollywood cinema.

    This module aims to:

    • Provide students with an historical overview of the development of Hollywood cinema
    • Develop students’ knowledge of key industrial moments and their significance
    • Develop students’ understanding of Hollywood cinema as a national cinema
    • Enable students to critically analyse Hollywood film in relation to American culture and politics

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

    This module explores Hollywood cinema by exploring key issues in relation to stardom, genre and authorship. Using extended case studies in relation to both themes and comparative examples, the module both considers the significance of both films and personnel in relation to Hollywood history, and critically explores the importance and problems of these approaches to the study of Hollywood cinema. Students will consider ideas of representation from the classical era to contemporary film and television depictions of Hollywood. Issues in relation to industry and culture will additionally be critically explored.

    This module aims to:

    • Develop students’ understanding of key approaches to the study of Hollywood cinema
    • Enable students to explore these approaches through extended critical analysis of case studies
    • Develop students’ abilities in comparative critical analysis of various examples of film and television representation
    • Consider key approaches and case studies in relation to the Hollywood film industry and American culture.

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

    This module provides an opportunity to study the art and craft of screenwriting via the short film. Screenwriting differs from other forms of creative writing because the screenplay is a vehicle for a production team to create a film. It requires a combination of visual imagination and engineering to create a good screenplay. Students need to learn the clues which enable an audience to follow the story via character creation and use of action, choice of locations, the tone, the use of genre and narrative pattern of their story. Via a mix of film analysis and writing their own script, students will have a basic grounding in this element of film production.

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

    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. Examining the ways in which individual stars’ images are constructed in relation to cultural attitudes towards race, gender and broader political contexts, the module explores the cultural significance and impact of stars. In addition, students learn how the performance styles of individual stars contribute to the creation of both character and star image. The module also promotes students’ primary research on the course, which is prompted through developmental assessment in which students are able to examine a star of their choice in relation to a particular topic.


    This module aims to:

    • Explore and debate issues of stardom, performance and star imagery

    • Examine definitions of stardom as well as the various ways in which star images are constructed

    • Locate and critically analyse star images within a cultural context

    • Critically analyse the impact of star imagery and performance on film narrative and audience reception

    • Develop students’ skills in original research

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

    This module enables students to develop employability skills and competencies, understand the nature of work, and work toward developing a portfolio of skills and competencies to facilitate the transition into graduate level employment. The module combines a series of taught classes combined with practical work-based learning opportunities (i.e. placements, internships, client briefs, group work related projects) to be provided in conjunction...with external employers and organisations.

    Students will, individually or as a group, engage in work-based projects or activities in collaboration with external agencies and employers, Such projects or activities will have clear and defined outcomes and expectations, for example the production of marketing material, videos, photography or online content appropriate for media or media-related industries and facilitative of work and/or careers in them. Appropriate work-based learning opportunities and projects will be advertised by week 5 although it will also be possible for students to engage in projects acquired in other ways with the approval of the module leader. Participation in university-advertised projects will sometimes be based on competitive applications.

    A series of taught classes will support progress through the module and will usually be timetabled for the first 8 weeks of it. An additional session in week 12 will encourage reflection and engagement in assessment activities. The module aims to enable students to:

    1. Consider their employability in relation to graduate careers goals, through the development of professional competencies and knowledge through work experience.
    2. Develop and/or increase critical, self-reflective ability and self-efficacy.
    3. Demonstrate theoretical concepts and transferable competencies and deploy them in a practical, problem-solving way.
    4. Gain understanding of current issues, practices and relevant legislation within a particular and relevant organisational contexts.
    5. Build personal networks, explore employment options and consider future career plans.

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Year 3 modules include:

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

    Students will develop professional practices working in small groups to produce a short documentary. They will be required to research, pitch and develop a documentary proposal following industry guidelines and legal frameworks. The module will give an overview of the commissioning process and will include input from industry professionals. There will be an emphasis on how to film and work with documentary subjects (or characters) in an ethical way.

    Students will learn about a range of documentary modes, genres and techniques via screenings, discussion and practice. Key figures and films will be explored as well as emerging styles and formats.

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

    This module considers issues of reception and interpretation within the field of film studies from both a historical and theoretical perspective. 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:
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    This module represents core self-development activities that have been present throughout the course: career and exhibition planning, promotion of student work, and portfolio. It provides practical guidance for students in how to position themselves and their work with reference to their career goals, and builds on student work in [L5.4] Level 5 FTV Professional Roles module on production models and personal promotional activity.

    The module will include analysis of current trends and the changing media landscape, with a focus on diversity and representation across the industry, as well as encouraging engagement with local film organisations and activities.

    Student research will inform the development of a career plan and the design of the portfolio of work (including show reel where relevant). Students will design the presentation of their work to prospective employers or funders in various formats including: CV, covering letter, website – format to be determined through the student’s research.

    The module is also where students design the graduation show and other forms of exhibition through the year where relevant.

    This module aims to
    • afford students the opportunity to realise the career-potential of their accumulated skills, subject knowledge and understanding. The skills will include identifying and researching career opportunities, mapping the requirements and benefits of the career against their own skills and motivations and then learning about and producing the evidence that will enable them to exploit that opportunity.
    • to increase students’ understanding of the interrelationship between their practice and the contexts of their profession in the creative economy, and ‘market’ for their skills.
    • to empower: enabling the graduate to exploit capacity and potential to shape the job and their professional field so that they may both contribute to and create social benefit from their career.

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

    This module allows students to explore in depth a topic of their own choice, arising out of their study at levels 4 and 5 (subject to supervisor approval).

    Students are supported in the development of the project via close supervision according to staff subject specialisms. Supervisors guide students through planning of their work and overall topic, regular tutorials and feedback on draft material. Students gain personal development skills through the assessed management of their dissertation process and reflection on feedback.

    The main aims of this module are:

    • To enable students to initiate a specialist project of their own choosing, which draws on the knowledge, creative skills and the main concepts and theories introduced at levels 4 and 5;

    • To allow students to consolidate and enhance their research skills and methodologies;

    • To enable students to demonstrate in-depth skills of critical analysis through an extended piece of writing;

    • To promote students’ ability to work independently with the guidance and supervision of academic staff;

    • To apply and further develop transferrable skills of organisation and planning.

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

    This module explores the ways in which Hollywood film represents American history and culture, examining notions of myth, cultural, political and social context, and the genre of the Hollywood historical film. 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.

    This module aims to:

    • Examine the ways in which Hollywood film shapes our understanding of American history

    • Explore American mythology articulated through Hollywood film

    • Critically analyse screen representations of American historical events

    • Examine our understanding of particular cultural eras represented in Hollywood film

    • Explore the ways in which Hollywood film reinforces and challenges cultural norms

    • Critically analyse the genre of the Hollywood historical film

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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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Where this course can take you

Graduates of this course can pursue postgraduate study or go on to work in a variety of fields, including the creative and cultural industries, film criticism and academia.

As the hub of the film and television industries in the UK, London provides many options, both in organisations such as the British Film Institute, the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and in the numerous independent production companies located across the city.

Additional costs

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 applying for a degree starting this January/February, you can call our hotline on 0800 032 4441 or complete our quick online application. If you're an international student or an EU student who requires Student visa sponsorship, simply apply direct.

Applying for 2022

If you're applying for a degree starting this January/February, call 0800 032 4441 or apply online.

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you're applying for a degree starting in January/February, you can apply directly to the University.



When to apply

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.

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To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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