Film and Media Studies BA, 3 years

Start date:

2018
2019

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.

Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
P900
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 screenings 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

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • 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

Our students have gone on to a range of careers, including film preservation and curating, teaching and other creative aspects of the film and media industries. The range of skills offered by this course also provides a foundation for careers in film journalism and other cultural management positions.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Welcome 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

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

During your second year, 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

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

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:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3 (Media Studies Dissertation)

Year 3 (Media Studies Dissertation)

Core module

Option modules

Choose 2 option modules from:

Plus 2 option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Film studies courses at Leicester combine practical and vocational elements with the theoretical study of film.

All of our lecturers publish on their specialist subjects, meaning that your teaching will be informed by the very latest in ground-breaking research.

We have excellent facilities, including a fully-equipped film theatre and a diverse collection of digital, print, and audio-visual materials in the David Wilson Library.

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

You will be taught through diverse methods including lectures, seminars, small discussion groups and film screenings. For each module, you will typically have one or two lectures and a seminar each week, along with a number of additional events such as workshops on research and study skills, learning groups, and introduced film screenings. Lectures are designed to introduce you to important debates and contexts for understanding an author or filmmaker's work. Weekly seminars, in which a tutor leads a small group of students in discussion, will allow you to explore a text or topic in depth.

You will also have the opportunity to gain practical filmmaking experience in the Film Production module in your second year.

For your third year dissertation you receive one-to-one tuition across the term from a tutor with an interest in your chosen subject.

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, wtching films, 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.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

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 in Film Studies and our staff profiles in Media Studies.

Major/Minor degrees

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

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