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Film and Television Studies BA

Course code

W620

W621 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

6 years part-time

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £9,250

International £15,860

Entry requirements

BBC (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

29 (IB)

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Overview

Do you enjoy watching films and TV shows, and wonder what goes on behind the scenes to bring the stories to life? Do you want to work in the industry where you could make the next blockbuster or TV series?  If so, the Film and Television Studies BA at Brunel is the course for you.

Your degree will give you a thorough understanding of film by combining the production with the theory of visual digital media. Delve into practical film and video-making, scriptwriting, filming and editing, whilst honing your critical analysis and research skills to develop a comprehensive understanding of how the film and TV industries work.

As the film and television industries are very hands-on, you will benefit from our fantastic editing suites which have up-to-date production software including Avid with accredited training facilities for Final Cut Pro 10. This will allow you to bring your ideas, thoughts and creations to life.

To complement your learning you’ll watch weekly screenings of a film or programme relevant to the topic being studied followed by a lecture that covers some of the key ideas and theories of film and television. Next, you’ll attend a seminar, where you have the opportunity to contribute to group discussions and share ideas with others. This format allows you to develop a strong understanding of what goes into the entertainment on our screens, and gives you the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with your peers.

As well as enhancing your learning by attending screenings at the British Film Institute, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and other cinemas across the capital, you will also be eligible to enter our annual Brunel University Film Festival (BUFF) with categories including Best Fiction, Best Non-Fiction and Best Overall Film. This will allow you to put what you have learnt into practice and will give you the opportunity to showcase your talent.

Learn with confidence knowing that you are taught by some of the best film academics in the UK. Not only are they experts in the industry, but they have published work in the field so some of the books on your reading list may be written by those teaching you.

Our team of experts include:

  • Leon Hunt - has published books including ‘East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film (Tauris World Cinema Series)’, ‘The League of Gentlemen (BFI TV Classics)’, ‘Cult British TV Comedy: from Reeves and Mortimer to Psychoville’, and ‘Screening the Undead: Vampires and Zombies in Film and Television’
  • Geoff King – has several influential books about Hollywood and American independent cinema and teaches Independent and Art Cinema, on which he is a leading international authority
  • Daniele Rugo - has worked on numerous film productions and is director of a feature documentary, The Olympic Side of London, narrated by the writer Iain Sinclair
  • Ramon Bloomberg - is an award-winning filmmaker including T's World: The Over-identification of Terry Thompson (2015). He also won honourable mention for two categories at Dok Leipzig
  • Caroline Ruddell - a leading theorist in Animation Studies and has contributed to published books including ‘The Crafty Animator: Handmade, Craft-based Animation and Cultural Value’, The Animation Studies Reader’, ‘Craft-based Animation in Zepo’ in the Short Film Studies Journal, and ‘Fantasy/Animation: Connections Between Media, Mediums and Genres’

Gain an insight into life after your studies by putting your learning into practice by opting for a one-year work placement. You will graduate with valuable work experience to enhance your employment prospects and will be able to develop an understanding the working world within the film or TV industry. We have excellent links with a wide range of notable external organisations, so you will have the opportunity to apply for high quality placements across London.

Previous students have undertaken placement at many prestigious venues including The Pinewood Group, Fremantle Media, Objective Productions, WaterAid and BalletBoyz.

You will graduate with the confidence to be a creative and imaginative cultural producer with solid knowledge of film culture and practical experience which will put you in good stead for your future career.

If you decide to do postgraduate study, this course provides you with skills to succeed including developing an idea and seeing it through to the end, project management skills, ability to work in a team and individually and an ability to analyse your own work.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

On this innovative course you will develop an understanding of how film and television products work, and will gain key practical and transferable skills vital in this competitive job market.

For your practical modules, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art equipment including HD digital cameras. You’ll learn to edit on Avid and Final Cut Pro in our first-class editing suites, with plenty of technical support on-hand.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.  Please see programme specification for the specific optional module combination choices that are available.

Please choose one of the year 3 compulsory modules listed below.

 

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 6 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

During your work experience you’ll gain training and skills in your area of interest and get insight into the working practices of film and media organisations. You’ll develop the problem-solving and management skills required to succeed in your future career.

We have extensive links with employers and industry and you’ll benefit from our networks to arrange your work placement. We can also support you in approaching a business of your choice.

Our graduates have secured jobs with companies including BBC, ITV, Granada, Amazon Prime, Framestore and Ridley Scott Associates as casting agents, researchers, production assistants and film officers.

As well as gaining excellent academic knowledge throughout your studies, emphasis is placed on gaining transferable employment skills. You will develop communication, report writing and presentation skills to an excellent level, equipping you for a range of subsequent professional careers or onto further study should you wish to pursue postgraduate study.

Brunel’s Professional Development Centre is a dedicated service that are committed to increasing our students' employability, helping you to develop the skills and experience you need to stand out in the job market. They will help you with placements, CV writing and interviews during your time with us, and will still be on-hand to help you for two years after you graduate.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC (all subjects considered).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Art and Design, Applied Science, Business, Creative Media Production, Media, Performing Arts or Production Arts.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Art and Design, Applied Science, Creative Media Production, Performing Arts, Media or Production Arts, with an A-Level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grade BC.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at level 3 with Merits in all units.

 A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£6,935 part-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£15,860 full-time

£11,895 part-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll benefit from lectures, group tutorials, workshops and seminars, as well as one-to-one supervision in your final year project. Group seminars and personal tutorials allow you to learn in smaller groups and in one-to-one discussions.

To enhance your learning, you will have access to fantastic state-of-the-art facilities and equipment including; 17 fully-equipped edit suites, Final Cut Pro X, Avid and/or Adobe Premiere, and cameras including Canon C100, Sony PMW200, Canon XF100, Canon 5D.

Should you need guidance on the module, coursework and any other matters that may wish to discuss, module tutors are available for one-to-one tutorials.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Assessment will be through completing practical work including videos, scripting, storyboards, websites, coursework essays and projects, seminar presentations and video essays.

Although Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark, you have to pass this level to continue with the course. Level 2 is worth a third and Level 3 is worth the rest, with the final year project worth a third of Level 3 marks.

All final-year students are required to complete a dissertation or project under the supervision of a member of the teaching team. This may take the form of a video essay with an accompanying analysis or a written piece on a subject of your choice.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.