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Film Studies and Media & Culture BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Fantastic library collection of academic resources to include a variety of digital and on-line services
  • All Film Studies modules are assessed by coursework, not formal examinations
  • Small-class sizes, one-to-one tutorials and robust communication between students and staff
  • Research-led teaching by committed and enthusiastic academics
  • An academic course that utilises dynamic, research-informed approaches to teaching and a range of media, communications technology and the internet to develop students’ intellectual and critical faculties
  • Innovative, contemporary and important topics including ‘Green Media’, ‘War’, ‘Democracy and the Media’ and ‘Gender’
  • Strong emphasis on employability and graduate progression throughout the course with the opportunity to take up a work project and volunteering activities
  • Opportunities to study abroad in the United States, Canada and across Europe

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Film Studies and Media & Culture.

Studied in combination, Film Studies and Media & Culture enable you to explore the history and impact of arguably the defining creative and communications media of our times.

In Film Studies you are introduced to a wide range of film histories and cultures, covering everything from the Hollywood blockbuster to world cinema. You will study films from a variety of time periods, including recent releases. You will be encouraged to draw connections between your own experiences of cinema and film theory and there will be many opportunities, during your learning, to benefit from your lecturers’ cutting edge research in aspects of film – from, for example, the cultural meaning of zombie cinema to development of the British crime film. Learning takes place in the screening room and in lecture and seminar rooms and takes a variety of forms including small-group discussion, film screenings, lectures, seminars, one-to-one tutorials and essay preparation sessions. Strong emphasis is placed on interaction and debate between lecturers and students and between students themselves. Assignments are largely essays and presentations but there will be occasional opportunities, too, to work towards less conventional outcomes, including short films.

Media & Culture involves more traditional academic study that examines how the media, TV and digital communication shape society, its values and politics – and, as a result, identity and human experience. Throughout, you will be addressing some of the hottest topics of our times, from Green Media to Democracy and the Media, from War to Gender. There will be opportunities to explore all forms of media and culture (TV, radio, pop music, sport, social networks) and a multitude of fascinating questions (Why do people the world over listen to rap and hip hop? How does the news report immigration? Why do people reinvent themselves on Facebook and in Second Life?). You will hone your critical and intellectual faculties in a variety of dynamic and engrossing teaching and learning contexts – contexts in which the media that you use may well be those that you are also studying. Media & Culture also provides you with opportunities for work placements and volunteering; these are designed to highlight how your learning is supporting your employability and to introduce you to some of the professional and employment possibilities that you could pursue once you have graduated.

Both subject areas provide you with opportunities to benefit from your lecturers’ cutting edge research in aspects of film, media and culture - from the cultural meaning of zombie cinema, to development of the British crime film, to ‘green’ computer games and popular music. Both subject areas also provide you with opportunities for work placements and volunteering.

If you are interested in cinema as part of our contemporary culture of communication, and in the ways that media communication at once reflect and shape today’s world, then Film Studies and Media & Culture in combination may be an ideal programme of study for you.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points



Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Dr Mikel Koven
Course Leader, Film Studies
01905 855297

Dr Barbara Mitra
Admissions Tutor, Media & Culture
01905 542366

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Film: Theory & Practice
Hollywood and Beyond
Studying Media and Culture


Module options:

Contemporary World Cinema
Truth, Reality and the Documentary Film
Gender and Representation
Introduction to Television
Introduction to New Media
Popular Music and Cultural Change
Media and Culture: Key Concepts
TV History
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
Democracy? The Story of an Ideal

Year 2

Core modules:

Approaches to Film


Module options:

Film Genre Studies
Film: Culture, Audience, Industry
Crime and the Media
Making Monsters
Gender and Popular Fiction
Work Project Module
New Media
Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV
Media and Social Change
Popular Cultures

Year 3

Core modules:



Module options:

Independent Study
Film & Folklore
Film Reviewing
Studies in Cult & Exploitation Cinema
Underworld UK
Cinema and Modern Life
Gender, Philosophy and Popular Culture
TV Times
Work Project Module
War, Democracy and the Media
Remembrance, Memory and Memorials
Green Media
Radio Times
Independent Research Project
Pornography and Modern Culture
Body & Society



Graduates of Film Studies and Media & Culture work in a wide range of careers to which communication skills are central, including marketing and public relations, distribution, audience based marketing, publishing, media and journalism, film education, exhibition, curating, programming, filmmaking, screenwriting, business and industry, charities and public administration.

Furthermore, in a ‘media society’, where an understanding of how to communicate is all-important, graduates of media and cultural studies now work in a wide range of other industries, and are involved in designing websites, writing publicity and press material, and running media training. Employment sectors include marketing, public relations, event management, teaching, business, and the public sector.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Film Studies and Media & Culture BA (Hons) - P390

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Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

How to apply

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

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