School of Creative Industries

BA (Hons) Media, Film and Television Studies with Foundation Year

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

BA (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (4 years),Part-time (8 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
School of Creative Industries
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Why choose this course?

Join us at the University of Wolverhampton to study Media, Film and Television Studies and you will explore a wide range of media forms from classic cinema to social media. This will challenge and expand your understanding of the significance and role of cinema, television and digital media for society.

Educational Aims of the Course

On the course in Media, Film and Television Studies you will analyse films and other media texts, such as advertisements, and discuss how these reflect and shape our understanding of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and other aspects of identity and culture. The study of Media with Film and Television Studies will develop the analytical skills needed for students to gain a greater understanding of their own culture and the culture of others.

In Media, Film and Television Studies students will consider a range of filmic televisual and other media texts from different cultures, different directors and various genres. Students will develop analytical skills in order to understand how film and media texts can construct meaning, and inform cultural and political attitudes. Students will explore how audiences actively engage with these different media forms. On this course students will also gain an understanding of the film and media industries, and investigate the political, economic and cultural contexts of film and media production.

Throughout, students will be given the academic, philosophical and contextual tools with which to critically examine the process of literary, filmic and televisual production, texts and reception and to make informed judgements about literary value and cultural capital. It will enable students to communicate more effectively using the written and spoken word.

Students will acquire a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order conceptual and communication skills, independence, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, all of which are of immense value in graduate employment.

The foundation year enables students to develop the vital skills needed for success in higher education. These skills include: critical and creative thinking and interpretive skills, key research techniques, effective academic writing and referencing, and professional presentation skills. Students will have the opportunity to meet and work with students from other academic disciplines before progressing to the undergraduate award.

What happens on the course?

The degree in Media, Film and Television Studies is taught by a dedicated staff team from a range of academic and media industry backgrounds. You will therefore encounter diverse perspectives and evaluations of the role of the media in contemporary cultures.

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

You’ll examine and analyse  films and media texts in depth, learning to use appropriate language for academic writing on film, television and digital media. 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 television and other forms of media, and an in-depth knowledge of how the film and media 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. Media, Film and Television Studies classes consist of lectures, often followed by a seminar and/or screening of a film or television programme and a discussion on the work, either in small groups or among the whole class. 

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 and discussions
  • 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 2019

From 2021 Media, Film and television studies will be part of our new multi-million pound Screen School.

Screen School represents a radical transformation of our educational offer – providing an impetus for our ongoing commitment to regional upskilling, nurturing talent for the careers of tomorrow for local regeneration. Ongoing course development will dovetail with industry requirements, economic regeneration and social mobility of students in our increasingly ‘buzzing’ region to offer a new epicentre of screen based creativity for the West Midlands.

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Gaining a degree in Media 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 Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2024-25
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2024-25

Additional Course Costs

Additional Materials: £50 to 250 per semester - Prices vary according your subject of practice.

Additional Field Trips: £50 to 500 - Prices will vary according to location.

Additional Events: £350 - 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.

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

Prepare for Foundation Pathway:- We will consider applicants who have not achieved 48 UCAS points (equivalence) from prior level 3 qualifications, if you have a keen interest in this subject area or hold relevant experience. You will be required to attend and pass a compulsory Prepare For Foundation assessment day where you will take part in a variety of activities which will assess your suitability for the course. If you would like more advise and guidance about this admissions pathway, please contact the Gateway team to discuss and support you in making an application to us.

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“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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