Film and Television Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS code P391 BA/FTVS

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About this course 2018/19

Film and Television Studies BA (Hons) at Northumbria combines the study of theoretical and practical elements of these forms of media in one innovative course.

Supported by academic researchers and industry professionals you will analyse the historical and social context of cinema and television, covering a wide range of genres from comedy to horror. You will benefit from our partnerships with cultural institutions such as the Tyneside Cinema. You can also choose to put your knowledge into practice by developing your own short film.

Northumbria was ranked in the Complete University Guide 2017 Top 30 for Communication and Media Studies.

Recent graduates now work in organisations like the BBC, ITV, Endemol, the British Film Institute and the National Film Theatre.

90% of Film and Television Studies students say that staff make the subject interesting and are good at explaining things (Unistats, 2016)

Learn from the best

The academic team include media industry professionals with backgrounds including journalism and TV production as well as experts in film analysis, British cinema and horror. Guided and supported by the team you will explore the historical and social context of cinema and television whilst developing your practical production skills.

You will benefit from guest lectures and presentations from those working in areas such as film festivals, moving-image education and film programming. The combination of a skilled teaching team, excellent facilities and partnerships with organisations such as the Tyneside Cinema keeps the course current and relevant to industry.

100% of Film and Television Studies students say that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching and are good at explaining things.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

We focus on developing graduates with the mix of skills needed in the workplace, so you’ll find your course is delivered via student-led seminars, workshops and screenings as well as lectures. You will also plan and produce a short documentary film, which develops your collaborative skills and gives you hands-on experience in areas such as camera operation, production management and editing.

There are plenty of opportunities to tailor the course to your interests including a placement, the chance to spend a year abroad and a number of specialist options. The final year project can be either theoretical or production-based to further develop your specialisms.

We value self-reflection, group work and communication skills so assessment methods include film-making projects, video essays, podcasts and presentations in addition to traditional essays and exams to improve your personal development skills.

Learning Environment

Technology runs through all aspects of learning and if you choose practice-based modules you will have access to facilities including broadcast-quality camera equipment, AVID edit suites and screening rooms.

The eLearning Portal provides access to programme and module information, such as class materials, handbooks, electronic discussion boards and supplementary materials (e.g. weblinks, news items) to support and extend the material that is delivered during lectures. We also subscribe to streaming archival services (Box of Broadcasts, Screenonline), which provide resources for further study.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

In a subject that deals with critical analysis of television and film, research skills are vital. We embed research into the course to share current thinking and inspire you to explore your interests in greater depth. This prepares you for your third year project and develops the curiosity and analytical skills that will help you progress in your career.

Learning from lecturers who are internationally recognised for their work in media and film, you will benefit from their relationships with cultural organisations including film festivals and cinema programming across the world.

Research undertaken in the department has been published internationally and some of our recent projects include work on cult cinema, horror cinema, British costume drama television, women in the British television industry.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

The course provides a range of career-focused skills and experiences from the outset. You will benefit from our links with external bodies, including the Tyneside Cinema. Industry professionals from film festivals, moving-image education and film programming also visit the University to give presentations and guest lectures.

To further support employability, in your third year you will have the chance to undertake a placement in the creative industry, and if you choose, you can also extend the degree to include a year-long work placement.

You are encouraged to make use of the University Careers Service, and careers advice is incorporated into the course though guidance tutorials.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

Whether your interests lie with the big screen or the small screen, you will graduate with a skillset to make your mark in industry. You will be experienced in research, meeting deadlines and working independently and collaboratively. You will be confident in a range of settings, with the ability to communicate effectively, pitch ideas and justify your opinions.

Graduates will be well-suited for a range of careers including: arts administration, cultural management, television research, scriptwriting and screenwriting, teaching, lecturing and research.

100% of students are in employment/further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE).

About this course 2019/20

Film and Television Studies BA (Hons) at Northumbria combines the study of theoretical and practical elements of these forms of media in one innovative course.

Supported by academic researchers and industry professionals you will analyse the historical and social context of cinema and television, covering a wide range of genres from comedy to horror. You will benefit from our partnerships with cultural institutions such as the Tyneside Cinema. You can also choose to put your knowledge into practice by developing your own short film.

Northumbria was ranked in the Complete University Guide 2017 Top 30 for Communication and Media Studies.

Recent graduates now work in organisations like the BBC, ITV, Endemol, the British Film Institute and the National Film Theatre.

90% of Film and Television Studies students say that staff make the subject interesting and are good at explaining things (Unistats, 2016)

Learn from the best

The academic team include media industry professionals with backgrounds including journalism and TV production as well as experts in film analysis, British cinema and horror. Guided and supported by the team you will explore the historical and social context of cinema and television whilst developing your practical production skills.

You will benefit from guest lectures and presentations from those working in areas such as film festivals, moving-image education and film programming. The combination of a skilled teaching team, excellent facilities and partnerships with organisations such as the Tyneside Cinema keeps the course current and relevant to industry.

100% of Film and Television Studies students say that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching and are good at explaining things.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

We focus on developing graduates with the mix of skills needed in the workplace, so you’ll find your course is delivered via student-led seminars, workshops and screenings as well as lectures. You will also plan and produce a short documentary film, which develops your collaborative skills and gives you hands-on experience in areas such as camera operation, production management and editing.

There are plenty of opportunities to tailor the course to your interests including a placement, the chance to spend a year abroad and a number of specialist options. The final year project can be either theoretical or production-based to further develop your specialisms.

We value self-reflection, group work and communication skills so assessment methods include film-making projects, video essays, podcasts and presentations in addition to traditional essays and exams to improve your personal development skills.

Learning Environment

Technology runs through all aspects of learning and if you choose practice-based modules you will have access to facilities including broadcast-quality camera equipment, AVID edit suites and screening rooms.

The eLearning Portal provides access to programme and module information, such as class materials, handbooks, electronic discussion boards and supplementary materials (e.g. weblinks, news items) to support and extend the material that is delivered during lectures. We also subscribe to streaming archival services (Box of Broadcasts, Screenonline), which provide resources for further study.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

In a subject that deals with critical analysis of television and film, research skills are vital. We embed research into the course to share current thinking and inspire you to explore your interests in greater depth. This prepares you for your third year project and develops the curiosity and analytical skills that will help you progress in your career.

Learning from lecturers who are internationally recognised for their work in media and film, you will benefit from their relationships with cultural organisations including film festivals and cinema programming across the world.

Research undertaken in the department has been published internationally and some of our recent projects include work on cult cinema, horror cinema, British costume drama television, women in the British television industry.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

The course provides a range of career-focused skills and experiences from the outset. You will benefit from our links with external bodies, including the Tyneside Cinema. Industry professionals from film festivals, moving-image education and film programming also visit the University to give presentations and guest lectures.

To further support employability, in your third year you will have the chance to undertake a placement in the creative industry, and if you choose, you can also extend the degree to include a year-long work placement.

You are encouraged to make use of the University Careers Service, and careers advice is incorporated into the course though guidance tutorials.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

Whether your interests lie with the big screen or the small screen, you will graduate with a skillset to make your mark in industry. You will be experienced in research, meeting deadlines and working independently and collaboratively. You will be confident in a range of settings, with the ability to communicate effectively, pitch ideas and justify your opinions.

Graduates will be well-suited for a range of careers including: arts administration, cultural management, television research, scriptwriting and screenwriting, teaching, lecturing and research.

100% of students are in employment/further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE).

Course info

UCAS Code P391 BA/FTVS

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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