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Wolverhampton School of Art

Media, Film and Television Studies

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

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.

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.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code P30F
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

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.

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 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 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

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) Media, Film and Television Studies team at the University of Wolverhampton has a wealth of film 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 media lecturers also have specialist knowledge of  media ethics, journalism, media and gender.

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.”

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?

Robert GealSenior 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.

Dr. William Pawlett. His main areas of research are social, cultural and media theory, continental philosophy and the application these to the issues of sexuality and consumerism and to violence, hatred and ‘otherness’. His first book was a study of the sociological and philosophical ideas of Jean Baudrillard. This study challenges the perception of Baudrillard’s work as ‘postmodernist’ by emphasising his notion of symbolic exchange. His second book is a study of social and religious philosophy of Georges Bataille which is applied to the contemporary issues of consumerism and violence and terrorism. William is a member of The Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association, The British Sociological Association and a global network of scholars contributing to The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies.

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.

Dr. Fran Pheasant-KellyReader 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.

Pritpal SembiDeputy Head, Wolverhampton School of Art. The research I engage in includes technology supported learning, placement learning, world cinema. I have published in these areas and have recently submitted my EdD thesis.

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 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/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
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

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: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

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Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. 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 and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

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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