Our teaching and learning strategy is designed to help you adjust to the demands of higher education and to develop the knowledge and skills that are valued by employers.
The first year of your degree provides a foundation for the increasingly challenging and focused modules you will take in subsequent years. First-year introductory modules, taught through lectures, screenings, and seminars, provide a grounding in film analysis and film history, as well as preparing you for your career beyond university.
The second year includes the study of American, European, and World cinemas, as well as modules providing practical film-making experience.
In the third year you will select from a range of more specialised options, and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Dissertation support is provided by one-to-one supervision from a member of staff.
Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays, exams, reviews, and projects. 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 academic, financial, housing, career or social.
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.
Typical workload hours for History of Art and Filmscourses in 2016/17:
Year 1: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours
Year 2: 21% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 948 hours
Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.
Final year: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
Independent learning: 1032 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.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- 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.
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.