You will take 120 credits of modules split as follows:
- core modules - 80 credits
- optional modules - 40 credits
You must pass year one but it does not count towards your final degree classification.
You watch. You binge. You play.
You’re entertained, informed, influenced and connected.
Our degree helps you to understand how this happens - and the opportunities to get involved.
You’ll look at screen media beyond the TV and film sets:
As you progress through the course you’ll specialise and build work around your own ideas.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. This content was last updated on Friday 20 January 2023.
You'll be part of large lectures, small seminars and individual tutorials - some will be in person and some will be online.
You'll work in groups on projects and presentations but also be responsible for doing a large amount of individual study.
Read widely beyond textbooks - you'll learn to understand and interpret academic, trade and industry reports, press releases, reviews and more. Over 95% of our students think they've had opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics - a great validation of our approach (National Student Survey 2022).
You'll have a personal tutor who will support your academic progress and help find solutions if there are any issues affecting your studies.
"As a personal tutor, I work with you on your academic progress, but I also have a pastoral role with regards to your well-being. I see how you get on across all your modules, which enables discussions about you as an individual."
Dr Gabriele Neher, Senior Tutor
Your assessments will vary according to the topic studied. As well as traditional essays, exams and presentations you might also:
The minimum scheduled contact time you will have is:
Weekly tutorial support and the accredited Nottingham Advantage Award provide further optional learning activities, on top of these class contact hours.
As well as your timetabled sessions you’ll carry out extensive self-study. This will include course reading, seminar preparation and group study with coursemates. As a guide 20 credits (a typical module) is about 200 hours of work (combined teaching and self-study).
Class sizes vary depending on topic and type. A popular lecture may have up to 200 students while a specialised seminar may only contain 10 students.
Your lecturers will usually be from our academic staff in Philosophy and Psychology, many of whom are internationally recognised in their fields.
You'll be well placed to start a career in the film and television sector with knowledge of:
You'll also have a critical understanding of creative industries and how they operate, allowing you to consider multiple pathways of work and study.
The degree will also build a wider set of skills for success across different sectors, such as:
The skills you develop will make you:
Find out more about skills gained and career destinations of Film and Television Studies students.
Only 14% of employers state that specific degree subjects are a selection criterion. (Institute of Student Employers recruitment survey 2019)
81% of undergraduates from the Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £23,938.*
*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20 data published in 2022. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.
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 consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).
Before my course, I always just talked about what I’d seen in film. With the course, I understood it’s important to read about others and see how we change and develop, how we can take from the past and implement it in the present. I’ve got a better understanding of the industry now – where it’s been, where it is, and where it might be in the future.
BA Film and Television Studies