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Film and Television Studies | BA Hons
3 years full-time (available part-time)
A level offer
ABB (or BCC via a foundation year)
At least one essay-based subject at A level preferred
University Park Campus
This course interrogates cinema and television as art forms and as industries, locating them within specific historical and social contexts.
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This course interrogates cinema and television as art forms and as industries, locating them within specific historical and social contexts. It explores screen media texts, producers and audiences, and also gives students a solid grounding in film and television industries and production, history, aesthetics and reception.
In the first year, you engage in multidisciplinary activity in addition to core studies in film and television history, production cultures, the analysis of film texts and key critical perspectives, and the contexts of film and television consumption.
The second year deepens and enhances your understanding of key critical and theoretical approaches in the study of the production, circulation and cultural reception of film and television. Modules therefore explore the ways film and television converge in the contemporary media landscape, the phenomena of transnational media flows, and the social significance of the culture industries and issues of representation. You also have the opportunity to investigate practical media applications.
In the final year you specialise in specific aspects of film and television studies by choosing from a range of advanced modules. These offer the possibility of investigating new and emerging areas of film and television studies concerning the production of texts, and audiences. You also produce independent research dissertations under staff supervision.
A levels: ABB, with at least one essay-based subject at A level preferred
This course may also be accessed via a foundation year for which the entry requirements are BCC at A level, find out more here.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.
We recognise that potential students have a wealth of different experiences and follow a variety of pathways into higher education, so we treat applicants with alternative qualifications (besides A-levels and the International Baccalaureate) as individuals, and accept students with a range of less conventional qualifications including:
Access to HE Diploma
BTEC Extended Diploma
This list is not exhaustive, and we consider applicants with other qualifications on an individual basis. The entry requirements for alternative qualifications can be quite specific; for example you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification.
For more information, please see the alternative qualifications page.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy
. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures
for more information.
To apply for this course, visit the UCAS website.
Producing Film and Television
This module engages with the narrative histories of film and television, from their origins to the present day, a period involving many significant transitional moments in production histories. The module looks at the coming of sound, the rise and demise of the Hollywood studio system, and the emergence of the TV network system. It asks what transition means at different historical moments by raising questions such as: what are the industries producing at these moments, and how are cultural products marketed and distributed? The module also introduces historical method and the idea of historiography. It uses specific case examples and materials to examine the kinds of evidence used by film and television historians and the particular forms of knowledge produced.
Consuming Film and Television
This module asks questions surrounding the consumption—viewing and listening, in public and private environments including theatres, homes and more—of film, television and other screen media. It addresses viewing contexts including public spaces such as cinemas, private spaces such as homes, and emerging hybrid spaces. To understand not only consumption environments but also media users, the module also investigates constructions of screen audiences, through historical as well as contemporary cases. You will gain an understanding of how screen media offer components of experiences dependent on consumption environments and on audiences’ attitudes, cultural backgrounds and other activities.
Reading Film and Television
This module introduces you to formal aspects of screen narratives and the language of textual analysis, enabling you to ‘read’ and illuminate film and television texts. It also sheds light on the people who work on the production of film/TV texts and some of the key features of their collaboration in areas such as directing, cinematography, editing, production design, sound design and performance.
Studying Film and Television
In this module you will gain skills in independent and collaborative learning with the aid of both guided and self-directed learning tasks. The module focuses specifically on developing the academic skills required for film and television research.
You’ll learn about the concepts of ‘transnational’ and ‘postnational’ media, taking into account the movement and interactions of people, finance, technology and ideas around the world. The module addresses in particular global media interactions emerging from tensions between forces of cultural homogenisation and heterogenisation. You’ll develop a foundation of theoretical knowledge to be applied to case studies in global film, television and other screen and print media.
Understanding Cultural Industries
You’ll learn how show business is broken down into ‘show’ and ‘business’ in film, television and promotional industries and examine how creative decision-making, technology and legislation influence those industries. You’ll also learn about how advertising and market research influence the design and production of media in certain regions and how film and television industries have developed in different contexts and periods.
Film and Television in Social and Cultural Context
During this year-long module you’ll think about industries, audiences and surrounding debates from a social and cultural viewpoint. You’ll learn about the way that social and cultural meaning is produced by film and television programmes and explore the social practices that surround the consumption of media, such as movie going and television viewing.
Throughout this module, you’ll build on your awareness of film and television as cultural products and discover new ways to do historical research into screen practice. You’ll begin to see film and television as cultural artefacts that result from artistic and commercial collaboration and focus on the production, circulation and consumption of film and television around the world, spending around five hours a week in workshops.
Researching Culture, Film and Media
For this year-long core module you’ll spend two hours a week in lectures and workshops to become familiar with different methods for investigating research topics, including methods such as ethnographic, historical and textual study, and determining their suitability for different projects. You’ll investigate the interdisciplinary nature of film, television and media studies and demonstrate this knowledge by choosing your own research project and methods.
Typical year three modules
Film and Television Studies Dissertation
You will carry out a major individual research project based on issues and concepts investigated on the course so far as well as your own research interests. Your work will demonstrate your skill for primary research, critical argumentation and understanding of scholarly research. You will be supported by individual supervision, resources such as film databases, and workshops on research methods throughout the semester.
Film and Television Genres 1
You’ll be introduced to the key concepts and theoretical work on specific film genres. Each year, the module investigates a particular genre or cycle such as action cinema, television drama, film noir, low-budget film productions and TV movies, and more. Combined with what you have learnt on previous modules, you will look at genre in the context of production and consumption, spending around five hours a week in workshops and seminars.
You’ll examine a number of industrial and commercial contexts to answer the question ‘what is a blockbuster?’ and explore the phenomenon by learning where the term emerged and to what kind of films it has been applied worldwide across the history of cinema. The social value of the term will also be considered, and you’ll discuss the global dynamics of the blockbuster. You will spend six hours a week in workshops and seminars.
Screen Encounters: Audiences and Engagement
Through four hours a week studying in workshops and seminars, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of film and television audiences and why they watch media, taking into account the social, political and historical factors that shape audience experiences. The module also reconceptualises media users by exploring interactive media experiences such as videogames and smartphone apps. You’ll also explore the role of marketing systems used to engage specific audiences and how this knowledge is applied in industry market research.
Video Production Project
This module combines the historical and theoretical knowledge you have gained with the practical task of video production. You’ll investigate the ways that production activities contribute to videomaking through recording and editing techniques, and experience the many decisions that must be made through the production process. You’ll spend time in media labs and in the field making a collaborative video production, alongside four hours a week in lectures and seminars.
The New Hollywood
You’ll learn about key changes in Hollywood since the 1960s and develop critical thinking about the status and meaning of the ‘New Hollywood’ through comparisons with the so-called ‘Old Hollywood’ and ‘New New Hollywood’, attention to audience demographics, and study of evolving cinemagoing practices and cultural representations. You’ll also consider industry marketing materials and film-review media to further your engagement with the subject, spending around four hours a week in seminars and workshops.
Teaching Film and Media Studies for Undergraduate Ambassadors
This module is part of the nationwide Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme which works with universities to provide academic modules that enable students to go into local schools to act as inspiring role-models. Students split their time between the university-based seminar and their allocated school, where they are placed in an appropriate department as a teaching assistant. Students are required to design and deliver a teaching project aimed at improving pupil understanding of selected aspects of media studies. Students will be supported by the module convenor and the education specialist on campus, and by their contact teacher at their school. Typically there are fortnightly seminars and 7 half-days spent in school. Placements are in secondary schools and Sixth Form or FE colleges.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
As a graduate, you will have completed an independent research dissertation and will have an in-depth knowledge of specific areas of film and television studies, including production, circulation and cultural reception. You will have gained a critical understanding of screen media and creative industries, preparing you for a diverse range of careers. Transferable skills include critical thinking; media literacy; and the ability to communicate effectively, to study and think independently, and to construct reasoned arguments.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2015, 84% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Culture, Film and Media who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,378 with the highest being £36,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers Support and Advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Fees and funding
Scholarships and bursaries
The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.
Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.
* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.
Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 40 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.
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