The BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies at the University of Wolverhampton is one of the only courses of its kind in the UK to hold all sessions, including lectures, seminars and film and television programme screenings, in a working public cinema. Light House Media Centre has two cinemas with full size HD and 35mm screenings, which means that you will see films in their original intended context, format and aspect ratio whenever possible.
The Film and Television Studies team has a wealth of expertise from British and European cinema and television to Hollywood, Bollywood, Iranian cinema and more, as well as broad knowledge of the international film industry. Our lecturers also have specialist knowledge of the Western, Horror, Fantasy and Spectacular films as well as director specialism for Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan and Federico Fellini - to name a few.
You will have plenty of support, especially in your first year, to gradually enable you to undertake independent research. Assessments take a variety of forms to help you develop a wide range of skills. Our team is very experienced at supervising dissertations, organising cutting-edge work placements (including BBC) and conferences, and delivering conference papers. The whole team are published authors with a comprehensive portfolio of writing books, book chapters and journal articles between them.
We welcome ERASMUS students, for example from the University of Turin, and are keen to link with other countries for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. In addition to English, the team also have proficiency in Punjabi, Urdu, French, Italian and Spanish.
Comment from external examiner on provision:
“The staff is extremely dedicated to providing students with detailed and very encouraging feedback on their work, even in cases where students have failed to meet the required standards. Students continue to benefit from wide-ranging staff expertise and the ability of staff to teach their research interests, producing a wide-ranging and up-to-date curriculum. Students also benefit from the excellent teaching environment of The Light House.”
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At Wolverhampton, the Students’ Union has a thriving Netflix and Chill Society letting you explore new films with other like-minded students. Strike up a debate and benefit from their opinions and insight.
Who will teach you on this course?
Dr. Fran Pheasant-Kelly: Reader in Film and Television Studies and Co-Director Research Centre Film, Media, Discourse and Culture; Course Leader for Postgraduate Film Studies
My research interests include American cinema, space and abjection, masculinity, science and film. I have published extensively on these subjects in recent years.
My favourite films: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Forman, 1975), Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959), Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960), Terminator 2 (Cameron, 1991) and Full Metal Jacket (Kubrick, 1987).
Pritpal Sembi: Principal Lecturer and Acting Head of the School of Media
The research I engage in includes technology supported learning, placement learning pedagogy, Iranian cinema, Bollywood, African and Latin American cinema.
My favourite films: Nema-ye Nazdik / Close Up (Kiarostami, 1990), Memento (Nolan, 2000), Bad Taste (Jackson, 1987), Alien (Scott,1979), Mother India (Khan, 1957).
Manuel Hernandez Senior Lecturer, Course Leader MA in Public Relations and Corporate Communications
A former Reuters correspondent, Manuel has worked for numerous global media outlets, such as CNN and other multinational corporations. He has focused his work on two main areas: generation of news content for specialised audiences (financial, business and political affairs) and planning and implementing corporate communications, PR and marketing plans.
Originally from South America, where he also worked for Brahma and Unilever in marketing and public relations, he has been teaching media-related modules at the University of Wolverhampton since 2006.
Robert Geal: Senior Lecturer in Media, Film and Television Studies. My publications explore the ways that film and television relate to politics, culture and identity, with a particular focus on how texts develop as they are adapted across different media.
Stephen Jacobs. Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies. My research interest is focused on the intersection between religion and the media – how different religious traditions use various forms of media and how religion is represented in film and other media. I have published on this subject in recent years. I am also interested in the ethics of media.
Dariusz Galasinski I am a linguist (discourse analysis) currently interested in discursively constructed experience of mental illness, suicide attempts, and organ donation. I welcome PhD students interested in researching issues of representations of trauma, mental illness, suicide and loneliness, particularly focusing on men and masculinity and adopting a discourse analytic methodology.
Aleksandra Galasinska. My current research interests, publications as well as editorial work focus upon issues of the relationship between language/discourse/ and society and social identities, and in particular on ethnographic and discursive aspects of lived experience of post-communism as well as post-89 and post-enlargement migration. I've been collecting migrants’ narratives recounting experiences of moving country and researching on-line media and internet forum discourses in relation to post-04 migration from Poland. My new project is devoted to the topic of return migration.