Wolverhampton School of Art

Media, Film and Television Studies with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Part-time 8 years, Full-time 4 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code P3FS
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art
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Why choose this course?

Join us at the University of Wolverhampton to study Film and Television Studies and you’ll explore classical and contemporary broadcasts, while challenging and expanding your understanding of what cinema is, all in the stunning surroundings of a real working cinema, the iconic Light House Media Centre.

Investigating the visual style and aesthetics of cinema and television, you’ll examine how modern audiences engage with a variety of genres, filmmakers and television productions, as well as studying the relationship of film and television to society.

You’ll examine and analyse films and television programmes in depth, learning to use appropriate language for academic writing on film and television.

Our lecturers are friendly and approachable and are published experts in their individual fields, so you’ll benefit from both their passion and expertise.  

You will develop a range of subject specific and essential transferable skills in research, analysis and referencing, useful in many walks of life once you have graduated. You will gain an insight into the culture of other nations through their use of film and television, and an in-depth knowledge of how the film and television industries work.

We will teach you to communicate effectively in both spoken and written language, enabling you to enhance your own creative and critical judgement.

What happens on the course?

You may choose from a wide range of modules in Film and Television Studies including popular film genres such as science fiction, and contemporary television programmes like Scandi-noir productions.

As well as Hollywood spectaculars, you will have the opportunity to study other national cinemas, in particular French, Italian, British, Indian and Iranian, and directors including Hitchcock, Scorsese, Fellini, Truffaut, Nolan, Burton and Kiarostami.

Throughout your three years of study you may choose to follow a production or screenwriting strand, and explore critical approaches to film, such as visual stylistics, narrative theory, storytelling and plot construction as well as the theory behind editing and camera work.

Film and Television Studies classes consist of lectures, often followed by a screening of a film or television programme and a discussion on the work, either in small groups or among the whole class. You will take six modules every year, three before and three after Christmas.

In your second year you have the opportunity to engage in a work placement, and in your final year you can choose either to do a further work placement, or a written project, producing a piece of research for an external organisation. We currently provide local producers and directors with pre-production research, and after-hours film clubs in local schools and colleges. Other placements have involved organising film premières, securing project funding and assisting with scriptwriting and editing.

Several large organisations, such as BBC Birmingham, have continued to provide work placements and we always endeavour to expand our database of placement organisations to include dynamic and innovative local filmmakers. Alternatively you can write a dissertation on a subject of your choice which you are passionate about.

Modules and assessment

There are many forms of assessment:

  • Essays
  • Seen and open book examinations
  • Independent project / dissertation
  • Annotated bibliography
  • Analysis of reviews
  • Creative screenwriting
  • Online database citation
  • Online tests / quizzes
  • Oral presentations as an individual
  • Oral presentations as a group

Typically you will complete two assessments per module.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2018

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Graduates in Film and Television Studies have found work in the media and creative industries, including broadcasting corporations such as the BBC and Pathé News, film production, journalism, media positions, teaching and television. Some Film and Television Studies graduates take higher degrees, notably our own MA in Film Studies, as well as PhDs. Others have set up media production companies or have become freelance writers. 

Comment from external examiner:"The content of the route is clearly in line with subject benchmarks. The modules on the route provide for a stimulating mix of subject matter themed variously around issues of theory, genre, industry and geographical / national location. The core skills demanded of the student: those of detailed investigation, cogent argument and debate, fluency in written and verbal response are in high demand in a knowledge economy. I was pleased to see that within the revalidated route the scope of student choice was maintained."

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

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.

Gaining a degree in Film and Television Studies from the University of Wolverhampton, you will be able to:

  • Understand a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches to Film and Television Studies, including ways to research.
  • Develop an understanding of the various roles that film and television play in different social, cultural and national contexts.
  • Provide a focused analysis of filmic and televisual texts stylistically, formally and thematically while identifying and differentiating between a variety of genres through theme, style and iconography.
  • Critically review, evaluate and analyse a range of filmic and televisual texts, different points of view and interpretations so as to develop a reasoned argument while reflecting on the learning experience.
  • Gather, retrieve, organise and analyse information from literary, filmic, televisual or electronic sources.
  • Demonstrate key employment skills such as self-management, IT, digital literacy and working both independently and in groups.

Comment from external examiner:

“There is a variety of assessment modes that meets the needs of film and television students from a diversity of backgrounds. The assignments enable the learning outcomes of the modules to be met and assessed”.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: £50 to 200 per semester - Prices vary according your subject of practice.

Additional Field Trips: £50 to 400 - Prices will vary according to location.

Additional Events: £300 - Degree Show/New Designers. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

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  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

 Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

“I attended Wolverhampton from 2005-2010 to study a BA (Hons) and MA in Film Studies. I am truly amazed with how much I learnt each lesson and how much I still use today. The tutors were friendly, passionate and engaging with interesting specialisms. I learnt about all different eras, genres, theories and cinema from around the world. Each tutor was enthusiastic about the course, the subjects and about each student. I felt I was fully supported whilst on the course and they brought out my confidence and helped me to understand my strengths. After the course I went into teaching Media Studies as a film specialist, I now teach many on the concepts and theories I was taught on the course. I would recommend this course to anyone who has a passion for film and looking into the deeper meanings.” - Emma Paulley

"Studying film and media at the University of Wolverhampton changed everything about me. It unveiled my passion for the industry, and the course content provided me with the right tools to utilise towards a career. All the staff members involved were exceedingly helpful and have provided me with useful guidelines in progressing onto postgraduate study." - Samuel James (2012-15)

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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