The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Film, Media and Communication Studies

Why choose this course?

The Film, Media and Communication Studies 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, Media and Communication Studies will help 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.
  • Film Studies students are taught how to analyse individual film texts and to relate film to history and social and cultural processes. You will have the opportunity to examine representations of class, gender, ethnicity and identity by studying film genres, movements and national cinemas, including European and non-Western films as well as Hollywood classics. 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 & Communication Studies offers students a variety of perspectives on contemporary media forms and their impact upon communication. Students will look at a variety of approaches to the study of media and communication, and will consider the impact of forms of media (TV, radio, newspapers, multimedia etc) on the ways in which we communicate. Students will also have the opportunity to examine specific content - soap operas, documentary, reality TV, blogging, texting and so on. Finally, the institutional context of media and communication is explored.

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. This means that some films on the course are shown in their original intended context, format and aspect ratio.
  • The Media aspect of this course allows you to investigate the relationship between forms of media, and their producers and consumers in order to discover how communication processes operate in various social contexts and to look at the role of media and communications industries in providing information and entertainment.
  • Media industry seminars are organised every year to enable you to meet with media practitioners and discuss current media issues with them. Many of the tutors on the Media team have themselves worked in the media.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake practical work and an industrial placement for both Film, Media and Communication Studies.

Comments from our External Examiners on provision:

For Film Studies:

"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 Communication Studies:

"There is much excellent practice evident on the modules I assessed. Especially striking is the excellent range of options available to students, including practical modules, which give the degrees a high intellectual and transferable skills based nature".

What our students think

"Studying Film and Media at Wolverhampton University was an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Knowledgeable, supportive staff, a well structured course, excellent academic resources and a great purpose built cinema for screenings all contributed towards a positive learning environment".

Damien Greco

A-Level Tutor

Wilberforce College, Hull

Career path

Film, Media and Communication Studies graduates have gone on to pursue a variety of careers in the public and private sector. They have gone on to obtain jobs in journalism, public relations, local media and local government communications departments; others are employed as teachers and lecturers, while some have opted for postgraduate study the University of Wolverhampton and at other prestigious institutions throughout the world. Film Studies graduates from recent years have also been involved in film and video production.

Comments from our External Examiners on employability:

For Film 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".

For Media and Communication Studies:

"Here I have to say there is a wonderful variety of methods of assessment which are all appropriate and bring an intellectual strength and broader transferable set of skills to the degree".

What skills will you gain?

1.Critically appreciate how particular media forms and genres work to organise understandings and meanings.

2.Understand the conventions, constraints, practices and institutional influences that operate within the media and film industries.

3.Analyse and critically appreciate media and filmic texts within appropriate theoretical frameworks.

4.Employ an appropriate research methodology within the field of media and film studies.

5.Understand different modes of communication and the issues that surround them within their social context.

6. 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 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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