Our Film and Television Studies (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is ideal if you’d like to pursue a degree in film studies but can’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the standard three-year degree. This course has a built-in foundation year that is designed to prepare you for more rigorous study in the subsequent three years of your course.
You’ll graduate with the same award and title as students on the three-year programme.
Our Film and Television Studies (including foundation year) BA (Hons) will equip you with knowledge about the film and television industry, as well as transferable and practical skills that are applicable in the real-world.
The foundation year will be shared with students from other foundation year degrees in the School of Computing and Digital Media. This will be the ideal opportunity to meet students from different specialisms and exchange ideas on the programme you study.
Throughout your degree you’ll receive academic and pastoral support from your tutors and academic mentor. There will also be opportunities to attend career-related workshops, which can help you with skills, such as job application writing and interview techniques.
Following your foundation year you’ll study the same course content and have the same choice of modules as students on the traditional three-year course. Visit our Film and Television Studies BA (Hons) course page to learn more about the subsequent three years of your studies.
If, at the end of your foundation year, you’d like to change your specialism there will be flexibility to allow you to do this.
Your assessments will consist of in-class tests, coursework, summaries, presentations, textual analysis, essays and screenplays.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 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.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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 0 modules include:
This module will provide students with a number of introductory practical skills in relation to film and television production and a range of broadcast media. Through practice-based exercises aimed at introducing photographic, digital and filmmaking skills, students will begin to explore issues of, for example, editing and sound. They will also begin to reflect upon their learning, and thereby begin to develop and improve upon their future learning experience.
This module aims to:
• Introduce students to the practical study of film, television and broadcast media;
• Provide students with basic skills in photography and digital filmmaking;
• Develop students’ strategies for working in groups, collaboration and teamwork;
• Provide students with the opportunity to reflect upon their learning and develop corresponding skills;
• Prepare students for the practical study of film, television and broadcast media at Level 4.
The module is an introduction to the field of digital media as an area of practice, as culture, and as a set of structures. It is a theory and practice based module providing students with foundation knowledge and skills to effectively analyze but also produce simple digital artifacts. It allows students to develop an understanding of the wider context of digital media production but also to apply key ideas in their own production.
This module aims to:
• Introduce students to digital media history and culture providing a foundation for further study
• Encourage the development of critical and analytical skills through the exploration of digital practice
• Aid the development of digital production skills through practical workshops and assessments
• Prepare students for the practical study of digital media at Level 4.
This module provides students with the basic skills required write clear, grammatically correct and concise journalistic copy across a range of media platforms.
Practical skills will be taught by examining good journalistic practice across all platforms, including social media. Interview skills will be taught through reporting tasks.
These will be set within the context of current affairs and ongoing media debates.
This module will provide students with an introduction to the study of the mass media and facilitate development of key academic research and writing skills. The module is organised around five blocks each of which introduces debates and discussions about one aspect of the study of the mass media, leading to a short assessment exercise.
The module is designed to facilitate the transition into undergraduate study by encouraging critical engagement and the development of basic academic skills and competencies.
This module aims to:
• Introduce students to key debates in the study of the mass media to provide a foundation for further study.
• Encourage the development of critical and analytical skills through guided study and coursework preparation
• Encourage the development of key academic writing, reading and research skills and competencies
• Prepare students for the practical study of media and communications Level 4.
Year 1 modules include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Year 2 modules include:
This module explores American cinema through the approaches of both key moments in its industrial development and the significance of individual genres, filmmakers and stars. 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, and the importance of the films and filmmakers in our understanding of American culture.
This module aims to:
• Provide students with an historical overview of the development of American cinema
• Develop students’ knowledge of key industrial moments and their significance
• Develop students’ understanding of key genres, filmmakers and stars and their importance in relation to American cinema
• Enable students to critically analyse Hollywood film in relation to American culture
• Promote students’ ability to make connections between events, ideas and personnel significant in the development of American cinema
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.
This module considers contemporary American television in relation to industry shifts, stylistic innovation and its representation of American culture, society and politics. The module will examine studios such as HBO and a variety of comedies and dramas as case studies of industrial issues and cultural representations.
The module aims to:
• Explore shifting trends in the contemporary American television industry
• Examine and analyse developments in form, style and narrative
• Critically analyse a variety of series in relation to a number of cultural debates
• Develop students’ planning and presentation skills
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.
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
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 modules combines a series of taught classes combined with either project-work opportunities or career development opportunities to be provided in conjunction with external employers and organisations. Students can choose two pathways through the modules:
1) Undertake group project organised by the University in collaboration with external agencies and employers, working on a defined work-based project with clear and define outcomes and expectations such as for example the production of marketing material, videos, photography, or other such project suitable to careers in the media or media-related industries. Projects will be advertised by week 5 and participation in projects will be based on competitive applications.
2) Undertake an individual and tailored career development programme in collaboration with external agencies and employers involving participation in all stages of application and interview for one of a selection of simulated positions relevant to careers in media or media-related industries, including application, interview and feedback. The stages of this programme will be evaluated by people drawn from industry.
A series of taught classes will support both pathways through the module, and will be timetabled for the first 8 weeks of the module; 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. Increase / develop critical, self-reflective ability and self-efficacy.
3. Demonstrate theoretical concepts / transferable competencies in a practical, problem solving context.
4. Gain understanding of current issues, practices and relevant legislation within a particular organisational context.
5. Build personal networks, explore employment options and consider future career plans.
Year 3 modules include:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This module will develop students’ understanding of and practice in screenwriting. The module will focus on writing for television series and other complex screen narrative patterns. 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.
This module aims to:
• develop students' understanding of and skills in writing for film
• develop students’ understanding of the conventions of television writing, including character and story world creation, and plotting multiple storylines
• develop students’ skills in writing for television
• introduce students to alternative approaches to writing for film
• promote critical analysis of modes of storytelling, structure and plot
• develop students’ awareness of the commercial demands of writing for film and television
• interrogate means of visual storytelling in film and television
• develop students’ skills in reflective evaluation of their work
This course will prepare you for a career within the creative industries, film or academia.
On graduation you’ll also have opportunities to enter postgraduate study.
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). A foundation year at The Cass is the starting point for many of our art, architecture and design students and acts as an introduction to the wide range of creative practices explored within the University. You may join us with a clear idea of the subject you intend to study or you may use it as an opportunity to explore a number of different directions or experiment with your creativity. A foundation year degree is also a great choice if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.
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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