University undergraduate students studying in the Monica Partridge Building Digital Hub. Friday November 5th 2021.Khaqan Khan (red jumper) and Megan Mahoney (blue top).

Film and Television Studies BA

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

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.

Understand the theory

You’ll look at screen media beyond the TV and film sets:

  • as an economic sector and a place to work
  • how media industries have developed and how they operate around the world
  • who are the audiences and how are they changing
  • how the media reflects diverse societies and influences them
  • how creative decisions are made and who decides how and what stories get told
  • the impact of new platforms and new technologies

As you progress through the course you’ll specialise and build work around your own ideas.

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Producing Film and Television

Mandatory

Year 1

Consuming Film and Television

Mandatory

Year 1

Reading Film and Television

Mandatory

Year 1

Questioning Culture: An Introduction to Research

Mandatory

Year 1

Media and Society

Mandatory

Year 1

History of Art: Modern to Contemporary

Mandatory

Year 2

Understanding Cultural Industries

Mandatory

Year 2

Film and Television in Social and Cultural Context

Mandatory

Year 2

Interrogating Practice Film Television

Mandatory

Year 2

Researching Media and Culture

Optional

Year 2

Media Identities: Who We Are and How We Feel

Optional

Year 2

The Sixties: Culture and Counterculture

Optional

Year 2

European Avant-Garde Film

Optional

Year 2

Black Art in a White Context: Display, Critique and The Other

Optional

Year 2

Transnational Media

Optional

Year 2

Digital Communication and Media

Optional

Year 2

Art and Architecture in Nottingham

Optional

Year 2

Memory, Media and Visual Culture

Optional

Year 2

Los Angeles Art and Architecture 1945-1980

Optional

Year 2

Work placement

Optional

Year 2

Employing the Arts

Optional

Year 2

European Avant-Garde Film

Mandatory

Year 3

Dissertation in Film and Television Studies

Optional

Year 3

Global Cinema

Optional

Year 3

Working in the Cultural Industries

Optional

Year 3

Development and Production

Optional

Year 3

North American Film Adaptations

Optional

Year 3

Varieties of Classic American Film, Television and Literature since 1950

Optional

Year 3

Photographing America

Optional

Year 3

Film and Television Genres

Optional

Year 3

Screen Encounters: Audiences and Engagement

Optional

Year 3

Video Production Project

Optional

Year 3

Gender, Sexuality and Media

Optional

Year 3

Contested Bodies: Gender and Power in the Renaissance

Optional

Year 3

Performance Art

Optional

Year 3

Media and the Ecological Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities

Optional

Year 3

Politics and Visual Culture

Optional

Year 3

Creative and Cultural Industries Research Project

Optional

Year 3

Global Media Franchises

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Tuesday 23 April 2024.

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).


Teaching quality and support

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


Teaching methods

  • Field trips
  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Placements
  • Workshops

 

Your assessments will vary according to the topic studied. As well as traditional essays, exams and presentations you might also:

  • pitch your own media franchise
  • create a video essay
  • develop your own film reviews

Assessment methods

  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Presentation
  • Reflective review
  • Written exam

 

The minimum scheduled contact time you will have is:

  • Year one - at least 12 hours
  • Year two - at least 10 hours
  • Year three - at least 8 hours

 

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.

University undergraduate student Cole Pearce studying in Nightingale Hall accommodation's library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

You'll be well placed to start a career in the film and television sector with knowledge of:

 

  • industry and production practices
  • film and television distribution, including streaming services
  • audience considerations and audience research
  • social contexts that inform filmmaking and TV-making and our responses to film and TV

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:

 

  • ability to conduct and report on in-depth research
  • critical thinking and written and oral communication
  • working independently and as part of collaborative teams
  • constructing and defending reasoned arguments

The skills you develop will make you:

 

  • resilient - as the nature of work changes you can adapt
  • flexible - you can choose across different sectors as you develop and grow and opportunities arise

Find out more about skills gained and career destinations of Film and Television Studies students.

 

Key fact

Only 14% of employers state that specific degree subjects are a selection criterion. (Institute of Student Employers recruitment survey 2019)

 

Average starting salary and career progression

78.8% of undergraduates from the Faculty of Arts secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual starting salary for these graduates was £23,974.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017 to 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Careers 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 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. 

Melania Burlacu

BA Film and Television Studies

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Open Day June 2022