Film and Media Studies, BA, 3 years

This is for you if... you are keen to draw on approaches based in the humanities and social sciences in examining film and other media, while getting hands on experience of film-making.

Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
P900
Start date
September 2019
Department
History of Art and Film, Media and Communication

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
SchoolOfArts@le.ac.uk

History of Art and Film website

Course description

Course description

Over the course of the Film and Media Studies BA you will discover the relationship between film and other screen, broadcast and print media, whilst engaging with the various theories that have developed around the subject.

During your degree you will explore the power of the visual image within modern media. You will do so by considering how we consume media and film, how the two are delivered to audiences and how both film and media represent each other. This course also has an interdisciplinary aspect as you will draw upon expertise from sociology, humanities, history of art and film, and media and communication.

You will have the opportunity to get hands on experience of film-making in the second year Film Production module. Regular film screening in our fully equipped film theatre will expose you to examples of the cinematic canon, whilst seminars will provide you with an opportunity to discuss and share ideas about the film and media you have experienced.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC + EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 24 of which must be at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • Tuition fees were £9,250 in the first year
  • If you choose to spend a semester abroad, your tuition fee for that year will be the same as the regular tuition fee for that year.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • £15,980 per year
  • If you choose to spend a semester abroad, your tuition fee for that year will be the same as the regular tuition fee for that year.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We give you the skills and experiences to equip you for a graduate career: 88% of our graduates are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. 90% of those going into full-time work entered graduate-level jobs. Modules such as 'Film Production' have an applied focus – helping you develop the skills and knowledge required for careers in these areas.

We have a programme of visiting careers talks by leading experts in the arts, film and media industries who can provide insights into employment pathways.

We run employability courses on advertising, working in the creative industries and TV production.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

You will be introduced to the basics of film analysis and study how media is received and consumed.

Modules

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Year 2

Year 2

During your second year your film elements will advance to include practical film making. You will create a short film with a group of fellow students using the theoretical and practical knowledge that we provide. You will also build on your media studies by understanding the way in which media outlets communicate with their audiences.

Modules

Plus either Working in the Creative Industries

Or Journalism Studies

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Year 3 (Film Studies Dissertation

Year 3 (Film Studies Dissertation

During your final year you will have the flexibility to choose your own modules. The only compulsory element is a 10,000 word dissertation on a subject of your choice in either Film or Media Studies or spanning both disciplines. The rest of your time will be spent exploring specialist areas that are of interest to you.

Core module

Option modules

Choose 3 option modules from:

Plus 2 option modules from:

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Year 3 (Media Studies Dissertation)

Year 3 (Media Studies Dissertation)

Core module

Option modules

Choose 2 option modules from:

Plus 2 option modules from:

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

Our 'Film Production' module explores the technical and creative processes that go on behind the camera and how these shape films.

The Film Society organises weekly screenings (with lots of discussion after) and other social events including cinema trips and film quizzes.

We have excellent facilities, including a fully equipped Film Theatre.

You can get involved with our student radio station LUSH, our student TV station LUST, or our student magazine Galaxy – all of which look good on a CV.

Teaching and learning

Teaching

Teaching methods include lectures, seminar discussions and screenings. In your first year you will have additional workshops around study skills, essay writing and preparing for exams.

In the third year you will select from a range of more specialised options, and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You will receive one-to-one supervision while preparing your dissertation.

In each year there are six modules, each of which involves approximately 30 hours of contact time and around 120 hours of private study.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, exams, reviews and presentations. You will complete a 10,000 word dissertation project in your third year.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for History of Art and Film courses in 2016/17: 

Year 1: 23% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours

Year 2: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours

Year 3: 12% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 144 hours
  • Independent learning: 1,056 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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