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Film & Screen Studies BA (Hons)

Film & Screen Studies BA (Hons)

Farnham

Course overview

From Alfred Hitchcock to Pedro Almodóvar, and from silent movies to the modern era, you'll delve deep into the historical, cultural and social context of film and television on our BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies degree course.

Your studies will use sociological approaches and close textual analysis to examine a diverse range of creators and cinematic movements.

You'll graduate with expert knowledge and understanding of film and television, perfectly equipping you for a career in the industry.

You have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be confident and engaged in creative workplaces. Employers widely recognise these qualities, and a significant proportion of placement students are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Please note: this course is subject to validation.

Our standard three year undergraduate degree for those who meet the entry requirements for higher education.

UCAS Code for 3 year/standard: W604

A four year degree programme, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year: W60A

A four year course, specifically designed to provide international students with the English language and creative skills before they embark on year one of a degree.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year: W60C

A four year programme, which sees you spend an entire year gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

UCAS Code for course with Professional Practice: W605

A five year course, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year: W60B

A five year course, including an international foundation year concentrating on English language and core creative skills before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year: W60D

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Course details

Course Details

The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.

UCA’s Integrated Foundation Year is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and more.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

For our students coming from a non-UK educational background, UCA has launched an Integrated International Foundation Year, based at UCA Farnham to bring students from around the world to one hub of creativity.

This year of preparatory study is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and the English speaking and writing skills you’ll need to succeed.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

You'll start your course by developing your understanding of major time periods and historical arcs within the film and television industries, both in the UK and internationally. Your units will be as follows:

  • Understanding Creativity
  • Understanding Film & Television
  • Film Cultures: Hollywood & Beyond
  • Theory, Culture and Society
  • Narrative Development
  • Perspectives on Culture
  • Visual Analysis 1: Introduction to Psychoanalysis
  • Narrative & Textual Analysis
  • European Cinema History (elective)
  • Contemporary British Film and Television (elective)
  • Animation: Technology, Culture and Industry (elective)
  • Film and Television Adaption: Culture and Context (elective)

In your second year, you'll deepen your investigation into the analytical skills that will shape your continued development. Your units are as follows:

  • Capturing History
  • Critical Analysis with English for Academic Purposes 1 (Yr2 direct entry only)
  • Visual Analysis 2: Semiotic Approaches
  • Historical Analysis of Film and Television
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Critical Analysis with English for Academic Purposes 2 (Yr2 direct entry only)
  • Realism and Reality: Verbatim Film and Television
  • Researching Film and Television
  • Futures of Film and Television (elective)
  • Icons and Myth in Film and Television (elective)
  • Film and Psychoanalysis (elective)
  • Script: Narrative, Writing and Editing (elective)
  • Early and Silent Cinema, 1895-1929 (elective)
  • Television Studies: Key Debates (elective)
  • Exile Filmmakers (elective)

Students undertaking the Professional Practice Year will also complete the following:

  • Creative Innovation
  • Industry Lecture Series

If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.

While on your Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

Please note: If you are an international applicant, you will need to enrol onto the course ‘with Professional Practice Year’. It will not be possible to transfer onto the Professional Practice Year after enrolment

In your final year, you'll explore the cutting edge of the film and television industries in a global context, and complete your final degree project. Your units will be as follows:

  • Understanding Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Global Film and Television Industries
  • Perspectives on Film and Television Industries
  • In Discussion with Film and Television Makers
  • Major Project
  • Exclusion and Inclusion in UK Film and Television (elective)
  • Feminist Perspectives on Film and Cinema (elective)
  • Political Cinema throughout History (elective)
  • Dramaturgy and Narrative in Film and Television (elective)

Tuition fees
2022 course fees for Year 1 entry and Integrated Foundation Year:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950

If you opt to study the Professional Practice Year, for 2022 you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee of £1,850 (UK students) and £3,390 (International students). You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during your Professional Practice year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this.

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials. These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. Details for these will be available here in due course.

Further information
For more detailed infomation about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to please see our fees and finance pages.

The fees listed here are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Industry placement
offer

Preparing graduates for successful careers underpins everything we do, and all students on this course will be offered an industry placement anywhere between two weeks and a year in length, depending on their individual needs. We’ll draw on our wide range of contacts within the creative industries to ensure you’re offered opportunities that align with your interests and future career aspirations.

Course specifications

 

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

Our facilities include two purpose-built film studios with dedicated technical support; sound editing, 7.1.2 surround sound mixing, as well as digital and analogue editing suites. Software includes Avid Media Composer, Symphony, Baselight, Nitris and Pro Tools. Production kit also includes high-end cameras, lighting and sound kit, which is available on campus from the Equipment Hire Department on site. Extensive libraries featuring books, DVDs, other notable recordings and archival material.

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Sound studios, UCA Farnham

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Film studio, UCA Farnham

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Library, UCA Farnham

Course connections

Course connections

Our industry connections include:

  • Avid
  • Kodak
  • BKSTS
  • BECTU
  • NAHEM
  • Envy
  • The Royal Television Society
  • The Guild of Television Cameramen
  • Tangram Post Production
  • Warp Films
  • Working Title
  • BBC
  • Picture Productions
  • Paramount Pictures
  • ITN
  • Mainframe
  • Big Minded TV

We've hosted a number of visiting lecturers, including:

  • Alex Garland, novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director of titles including The Beach, Ex Machina, Dredd, Sunshine and 28 Days Later
  • Barrie Vince, editor of Get Real, A Private Function and Moonlighting
  • Gustavo Costantini, Argentinian sound designer, musician and Professor of Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires
  • Joe Martin and Danielle Clarke, director and producer of documentaries Win a Baby, Going Straight, Scientologists at War and Britain's Young Soldiers
  • Julie Noon/One World Media – Julie made Syria's Torture Machine, The TA and the Taliban, and Cooking in the Danger Zone
  • Philip Ilson, director of the London Short Film Festival
  • Sean Bobbitt, cinematographer for films including 12 Years a Slave.

As well as coursework, our students are supported in external projects and have made professional-level film work for organisations including:

  • Alive & Well
  • London Life
  • Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Sailability
  • The March Foundation
  • Who Needs Heroes

Our students have undertaken work experience on major blockbuster films and award-winning features, such as:

  • Lilting
  • The Favourite
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Anna Karenina
  • Game of Thrones

 

You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

BA (Hons) course
BA (Hons) course with Professional Practice Year

For these courses, we’ll need to see your portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to attend an Applicant Day so you can have your portfolio review in person, meet the course team and learn more about your course. If you would prefer to upload a portfolio digitally, there is also the option to submit it online via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information will be provided once you have applied.

 


  

BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year
BA (Hons) course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

These courses don't require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

 


  

BA (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year
BA (Hons) course with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

These courses don't require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

 


 

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Please use the following fields to help select the right application link for you:
  • UCAS Institution

    C93

  • UCAS Code for 3 year/standard

    W604

  • UCAS Code for course with Professional Practice

    W605

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year

    W60A

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year

    W60C

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    W60B

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    W60D

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