The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Film, Media and Cultural Studies

Why choose this course?

Film, Media and Cultural Studies are cognate subjects and adopt a similar approach to their different subject areas.

The Integrated joint offers a wide ranging approach to written, spoken and visual texts. The programme will develop analytical skills and give theoretical insight into the works studied. The study of Film with Media and Cultural Studies will develop the analytical skills needed for students to gain a greater understanding of their own culture and the culture of others. 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 Film Studies team has a wealth of expertise across a variety of film forms and national cinemas, which include popular film genres such as The Western, gangster, science fiction and film noir.
  • Staff on the media team come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. Many members of staff have had considerable experience of working in the media industry. Close contact with the industry has enabled staff to invite many guest speakers who are involved in various aspects of the media.
  • Film Studies students are taught how to analyse individual film texts and to relate film to history and social and cultural processes.
  • Media and Cultural Studies involve a critical engagement with a wide range of different media forms and cultural practices, such as: music, fashion, advertising, popular television and social network sites.
  • Film, Media and Cultural Studies involve the study of representations of class, gender, ethnicity and identity. Film Studies focuses on the study of film genres, movements and national cinemas, including European and non-Western films as well as Hollywood classics. Media and Cultural Studies focuses on an analysis of popular cultural forms such as Soap Operas and magazines.
  • Students will examine film as an art and as an industrial product. Throughout the programme you will engage with critical and theoretical debates relevant to the subject. Media and Cultural Studies is also concerned with how audiences respond to film and other media forms.
  • The first year of Film, Media and Cultural Studies provides a foundation and introduces students to the key concepts. The second year develops on many of the themes introduced in the first year. In particular the second year will provide students with a range of theoretical and methodological tools necessary for the study of film, media and culture. In the final year, students will apply the theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to particular media forms and/or cultural practices. In the final year there is the opportunity to undertake a piece of independent work, which allows students to explore an area of interest in greater depth.

Why Wolverhampton?

All of the films on the course are screened at the Light House Media Centre, the only media centre of its type in the West Midlands. Light House contains two cinemas with full size HD and 35mm screenings.

The Media aspect of this course investigates the role of the media in contemporary culture. In particular, it examines media and culture in terms of production (industries and text) and consumption (audiences and consumers).

The course critically examines the role that media and cultural products play in our daily lives, drawing upon historical and contemporary case studies. It enables you to understand and contextualise your own cultural experiences and media consumption

Various cultural styles are investigated, such as popular culture, mass culture, material culture, subculture, cyberculture and multiculturalism

Comments from our External Examiners on provision:

For Film:

"I was very pleased with the work being done here on the work practice module [Community Link]. These can be both problematic to assess and to monitor. The tutor is handling this with skill. I very much like the idea of the student setting their criteria for assessment on the module. The use of the Pebble Pad to track the performance of the student and provide an on-going diary of the work is very good practice indeed".

For Media and Cultural Studies:

"The degree remains an excellent, exciting and inspiring course informed by current developments in the field and taught by an extremely dedicated and scholarly team. (…) I remain impressed with the Television Studies modules at both levels, informed by timely research, a varied lecture programme and inspiring assessment tasks".

What our students think

"Over my time at the university I have thoroughly enjoyed every module I have taken and feel as though I have learned sufficient information from them which I should be able to take and use in my future career. It contains a wide range of different modules so you are always able to find a module that you want to learn about or may just find interesting. This is down to the lecturers as they create lectures that are jam packed full of relevant information as well as keeping it interesting and fun making you only want to learn more. If help is needed at all the staff are really approachable and are willing to help and give any advice you may be needing. The course can only get better as each year the staff are working hard to better the modules they already teach and are creating new interesting modules for new students to have the opportunity to learn! It is a great course to take which allows students to enjoy what they learn, not just because they have to".

Fiona Robinson

"There were opportunities to freely debate issues such as cultural diversity and multiculturalism".

"I Enjoyed identifying skills required for employment in the media".

Student responses to review panel in 2007.

Career path

Film, Media and Cultural Studies graduates have gone on to pursue a variety of careers in the public and private sector. Film, Media and Cultural Studies provides students with a wide range of subject specific and transferable skills, which will give them a competitive advantage in the graduate employment market. Graduates take up a wide variety of careers both within the media and more widely including: working in radio, television and print journalism, public relations as well as in various management positions in retail and business. Increasing numbers of graduates are now going on to postgraduate courses in various universities in the UK. Film Studies graduates from recent years have also been involved in film and video production.

Comment from our External Examiner on employability:

For Film Studies

"The route has undergone a major revision since last year. 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".

What skills will you gain?

Students who successfully complete an integrated joint degree in Film, Media and Cultural Studies will:

  • Understand major theoretical and methodological paradigms used to study media, culture and film.
  • Have a knowledge and understanding of the interrelationship between film and media texts and the construction of cultural identities, such as class, gender, ethnicity and age.
  • Employ an appropriate research methodology within the fields of Media and Cultural Studies and Film Studies.
  • Analyse media, cultural and filmic texts within appropriate theoretical frameworks.
  • Have the ability to critically engage with and analyse their own contemporary cultural practices and the cultural practices of others.
  • Demonstrate key employment skills (e.g. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups).

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

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.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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