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The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Film & Television Studies

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.

Film and Television Studies at the University of Wolverhampton is special because the majority of the teaching sessions are held in a real working cinema: Light House Media Centre. But that is not the only reason you should come and study with us. This wide-ranging course investigates the visual style and aesthetics of cinema and television, and examines how the audience engages with the works.

We examine and analyse films and television programmes in depth, using the appropriate film language for academic writing on film and television. We also look at a number of genres, filmmakers and television productions and you will study the relationship of film and television to the surrounding society. Our lecturers are friendly and approachable and are published experts in their individual fields.

In addition you will develop a range of subject specific and essential transferable skills in research, analysis and referencing, which will be useful to you 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 teach our students to communicate effectively in both the spoken and written language, and enable them to enhance their own creative and critical judgement. We aim to develop their sense of enterprise, their digital literacy and their IT awareness, all of which are of immense value in graduate employment.

As this is a brand new course for 2016/17 the UNI Stats data is not accurate since there are no previous students to report statistics on. Please feel free to contact us for more details arts@wlv.ac.uk

What happens on the course?

There is a wide range of modules in Film and Television Studies for you to choose from, including popular film genres such as Science Fiction, and contemporary television programmes like Scandi-noir productions.

As well as Hollywood spectacular films, other national cinemas are studied, in particular French, Italian, British, Indian, and Iranian, as well as director studies including Hitchcock, Scorsese, Fellini, Truffaut, Nolan, Burton and Kiarostami.

If you wish you can also take a production strand throughout your three years of study, or follow a screenwriting strand. You will 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.

The 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.

Opportunities

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 in which you produce 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
  • On line data base citation
  • On line test / quiz
  • Oral presentations as an individual
  • Oral presentations as a group

Typically you will take two assessments per module.

Why Wolverhampton?

Film and Television 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 often see films in their original intended context, format and aspect ratio whenever possible.

The Film and Television Studies team has a wealth of expertise across a variety of film and television forms, from British and European Cinema and television to Hollywood, Bollywood, and Iranian Cinema. The team 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. The team also have broad knowledge of the international Film Industry.

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. The Film and Television Studies team is very experienced at supervising dissertations, organising cutting edge work placements (including BBC), conference organisation and delivery of conference papers. The whole team are published authors with a comprehensive portfolio of writing between them across books, book chapters and journal articles.

Film and Television Studies already accommodate ERASMUS students, for example from the University of Turin, but we are keen to link with other countries for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. As well English the team also have proficiency in Punjabi, Urdu, French, Italian and Spanish.

Comment from our 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 if 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.”

Who will teach you on this course?

Eleanor Andrews: Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Film and Television Studies, Undergraduate

I mostly teach European cinema modules, as I have a background in languages. My research interests include: Italian cinema; French cinema; Spaghetti Westerns; the films of Nanni Moretti; film and the Holocaust; film, myth and fairy tales.

My Favourite Films: Don't Look Now (Roeg, 1973), La Strada (Fellini, 1954), Les 400 coups / The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959), La messa è finita / The Mass has ended (Moretti, 1985), Now Voyager (Rapper, 1942)

Stella Hockenhull: Reader in Film and Television Studies and Co-Director Research Centre Film, Media, Discourse and Culture

I come from a background in the history of art. I have a wide range of research interests and publications, but specialise in landscape, British Cinema, Powell and Pressburger, film aesthetics, female directors and animals in film

My Favourite Films: Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960), The Passenger (Antonioni, 1975), Goodfellas (Scorsese,1990), The Artist (Hazanavicius, 2011), London to Brighton (Williams, 2006) Cinema Paradiso (Tornatore,1988)

Fran Pheasant-Kelly: Reader in Film and Television Studies and Co-Director Research Centre Film, Media, Discourse and Culture; Course Leader for Film Studies Post Graduate

My research interests includeAmerican 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)

Robert Geal: Lecturer in Film and Television Studies.

Interests in Shakespeare on Film and Adaptation Studies.

What our students think

“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)

Career path

Graduates in Film and Television Studies have found work in the media, the 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 our External Examiner on employability:

For Film and Television Studies:

"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?

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 our 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”.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • BBC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC National Diploma grade D*D*
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • 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.

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

Course fees and finance

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,700
Part time # £2,835
2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
Part time # £2,835

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 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

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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