BA (Hons) Film and Media Studies

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Overview

Film and Media Studies gives you the opportunity to explore in depth both cinema and the broad range of established, new and emergent media forms, from TV to games.

Taught by a large team with a diverse range of interests, you’ll have access to cutting-edge research expertise and excellent resources in a department as dedicated to supporting students as it is to inspiring them.

Film modules introduce you to the history of cinema and the many forms and genres that have evolved, broaden your horizons from Anglo-American film to world cinemas, and develop your skills as a critical interpreter of the cinematic text. Media modules also explore development, forms and criticism, but have a particular focus on current and emerging platforms and industries. In your final year you’ll focus your study on your own chosen areas of specialism, working with academics who are experts in those fields. 

The creative industries sector in Manchester is famously buoyant and set to grow over the next few years with many opportunities in professions linked  to film and media. The city is an excellent place to study this subject and to begin gaining experience and building your networks. We’ll help you to be ready for the world beyond university by giving you the opportunity to engage with  external partners and respond to professional project briefs.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Typical careers for Film and Media Studies graduates include research in film and media, programme development for television and radio, film education, teaching and journalism. Manchester is an ideal location with links to the professional media bodies in the North West, including HOME, Grimmfest, BBC Manchester and Granada Studios.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

104-112 UCAS Tariff points from three A2s or acceptable alternatives. 

An English subject at GCE A Level is preferred, e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature or Creative Writing. Subjects such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Religious Education, History, Media Studies and General Studies will also be considered

Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points -  units taken must include some element of literary or cultural study.

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Film and Media Studies gives you the opportunity to explore in depth both cinema and the broad range of established, new and emergent media forms, from TV to games. Taught by a large team with a diverse range of interests, you’ll have access to cutting-edge research expertise and excellent resources in a department as dedicated to supporting students as it is to inspiring them. Film modules introduce you to the history of cinema and the many forms and genres that have evolved, broaden your horizons from Anglo-American film to world cinemas, and develop your skills as a critical interpreter of the cinematic text. Media modules also explore development, forms and criticism, but have a particular focus on current and emerging platforms and industries. In your final year you’ll focus your study on your own chosen areas of specialism, working with academics who are experts in those fields.

The creative industries sector in Manchester is famously buoyant and set to grow over the next few years with many opportunities in professions linked to film and media. The City is an excellent place to study this subject and to begin gaining experience and building your networks. We’ll help you to be ready for the world beyond University by giving you the opportunity to engage with external partners and respond to professional project briefs.

In Year 1 you will be introduced to historical, theoretical, and practical concepts in screen-based media forms, including film, television, and emergent media. You will develop key skills and subject knowledge in your units, and put them into practice in your assignments including a project on representations of Manchester.

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Core Units

Questions Of Cinema

An introduction to aspects of film language such as camerawork, editing, and mise-en-scène to facilitate critical engagement with key concepts in cinema studies. This unit will equip you with a working vocabulary of discipline-specific terminology and knowledge to facilitate the identification and critical interrogation of significant concepts in film. 

Representing Manchester

The unit is an introduction to university level reading and writing skills via the lens of representations of Manchester. It provides students with a variety of critical and analytical approaches to the close and contextual reading of a wide range of representational material of Manchester, including literature, film and media. It teaches the synthesis of these skills in the mobilisation of engaged critical argument and/or informed imaginative production. The unit asks students to reflect upon how the material introduced has impacted upon their own work and their understanding of the relationship between texts, culture, society and identity. 

Introduction To Media

This unit introduces theoretical tools and frameworks for thinking critically and analytically about media which will act as a foundation and develop skills needed for later theoretical and creative units in the degree. It is designed to extend and challenge students who have studied media or film studies at secondary level, while also providing an accessible introduction point for students who have not. A range of media forms are covered, from mass media to contemporary social and participatory media.

Histories of Cinema

This unit provides an historical framework of American and European cinema, and shows how individual film texts can be placed in their aesthetic, historical, cultural and social contexts. Covering such topics as Classical Hollywood, German Expressionism, Surrealism, Italian Neo-Realism, British New Wave, New German Cinema and the work of Pedro Almodóvar, you will explore how films grapple with ideas of gender, sexuality and politics.

In Year 2 you will learn to use theoretical concepts in your analysis of key genres and modes of film and media. Year 2 is also where you can begin to follow your developing interests, selecting from a wide range of option units that include opportunities for film or media-related project work, and the possibility to try some creative writing (scriptwriting, for example), to learn a language, or study abroad.

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Core Units

Media Platforms

This unit will explore existing and emergent screen media platforms.
The unit examines television form and content (eg. forms of seriality, drama, comedy, reality and entertainment) in terms of their production values, cultural reception and relationship to other forms of screen media. It also explores media audiences, institutions, ideologies, narratives and texts. Platforms which will be examined include (but are not limited to) television, screen media, digital media, social media and emergent media.

Film Modes and Genres

This topic-based unit introduces a range of cinematic modes, movements and genres, whose formal, historical and cultural properties will be analysed.
Topics covered may include: the study of named genres (eg Horror, Melodrama, Musical, Noir); theories of genre (structuralist and historical); Other cinematic modes of expression (eg the gothic, queer cinema, art-house narrative) and other theoretical approaches to cinema (eg National / transnational cinemas, star studies, women's cinema).

Option Units

Engaging the Humanities and Social Science: Interdisciplinary Learning and Practice

This is an innovative cross-departmental unit which provides an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary context alongside other students from a range of undergraduate programmes within the Humanities part of our Faculty.

World Cinema

A unit that provides insight into the history, politics, and aesthetics of World Cinema. Screenings and case studies will analyse key directors, movements, and films of non-Anglo-American film industries.

EdLab (15 credit unit)

EdLab units enable you to gain credit for project-based learning conducted in partnership with external practitioners, charities and social enterprises, educational providers and other workplaces. Your project may be the development of products or resources, interventions or educational opportunities.

Manchester and the City

This unit is concerned with the changing representations of the city in a variety of literary and cultural texts, investigating the underlying ideologies of the city and the varying ways that cities have been theorised. We explore the nature of the city as text and consider the relationship between urban life and artistic form. Is the city a setting? An actor? How does it represent social, linguistic and ethnic difference? What are the historical and social tensions underlying constructions of the city? What relationship does it have to the condition of modernity/ postmodernity? Having first explored the changing concept and meaning of the city, students will focus specifically on Manchester as an example of the city as text.

Uniwide Language (15 credits)

You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from beginner to advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency.

American Spaces

Touching upon a broad range of genres, this unit is concerned with critical and creative conceptions of 'space' and travel (both geographic and metaphorical) in American literature from colonial times to the present.

Creative Writing Workshop

This unit covers topics such as creative writing: poetry, prose, script, considering processes of writing and engaging with writing techniques. Over the course of two terms you will elect to write in two of the following three genres: Prose, Poetry, Script. Accordingly, the unit's learning outcomes are replicated across two terms as in each term a different genre will be covered, providing the same generic skills but honed to the specific demands of the genre. You will, then, study the formal aspects of creative writing, including linkage between form and content, genre and structure.

Film Genre and Mode

The unit introduces theories of film genre and develops students' understanding of a range of film genres and other modes of cinematic expression.

Year 3 offers the opportunity to tailor your course fully to your own preferences. You will develop a major independent project on a topic of your choosing and will have the opportunity to work with industry partners. A wide range of option units is also available to you from English, Film and Creative Writing.

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Core Units

Media Industries

This unit enables students to explore current media industry methodologies and practices. Students will work in a group on an outward-facing project in collaboration with an external or industry partner.

Critical Project

This unit provides you with the opportunity to undertake a guided independent research-based project to produce an extended piece of work that presents a thesis. This will result in a piece of writing on a subject of your choice, representing an individual project that builds upon the skills you will have developed on this course. Opportunities are also available for students to work with external partners on their research project.

Option Units

Reading and Writing Games

This unit provides an analytical study of a range of twenty and twenty-first century games both analogue and digital. You will be introduced to the critical and historical field of game studies, and given guidance on the appropriate techniques for writing for gaming and the experience of working with pre-determined project briefs.

Subcultures and Popular Cultures from the 1950s to the Present

This unit examines theories of subculture. It situates both subcultures and subcultural theory in relation to broader social, political and economic change from the 1950s to the present.

Bodies In Performance

This unit draws on a range of disciplines from gender studies and queer studies to analyse the cultural construction and performance of different models of sex, sexes, gender and sexualities.

Imagined Worlds: Fantasy & Science Fiction

This unit offers a critical exploration of the speculative fictions of fantasy and science fiction media. It explores SF and fantasy storyworlds, fandoms, and their reflection on and subversion of contemporary culture.

Modern Drama

This unit will investigate the ways that dramatic writing has engaged with social, cultural and political debate during the twentieth and twenty-first century. Drawing on texts from Britain, Ireland, Europe, America and Africa, the unit will consider the texts within their historical political and theatrical context, considering the ways in which both thematic content and theatrical form have impacted on audiences.

Reading Children's Literature

This unit provides an analytical study of a range of classic and modern texts written for children. It also uses these texts as models for the production of new texts. The unit also covers appropriate techniques for writing for children. It provides you with the skills to analyse a range of children's literature, and to use the resulting knowledge to produce original texts suitable for teenagers and children. 

This unit may also be taken as a 15+15-credit combination with EdLab'.

Writing and Place

This unit will critically analyse the representation of place in key contemporary texts. These texts, drawn from a range of genres, will be evaluated within the frameworks (including literary geography and ecocriticism) provided by contemporary theoretical debates. The unit will also situate creative and conceptual writing about place within the context of 'real world debates': topics to be covered will include environmental crisis, regeneration and the post-industrial city, and digital technologies and spatial literacy.

Cultures of Life and Death: Debates In Contemporary Literature, Film and Theory

This unit investigates the question of the human in contemporary cultural debate. In this exchange - between theory and cultural texts - topics such as neoliberalism, bare life and biopolitics, contagion and immunity, bodily commodification, surveillance culture, artificial intelligence and neurochemical selfhood will be explored via a discussion of a range of key theoretical, literary and cinematic texts. 

Texting Britain, Texting the World

This unit will introduce students to a range of contemporary poetry, plays, novels, film and television which examines themes of diaspora, race and identity within the national (British) and global context. The first term will focus on Black British literature, exploring the emergence of a cosmopolitan (Black) British identity in the post-war era. Students will critically engage with constructions of ‘home’ and notions of belonging in the inter-generational writings of Black Britons. In the second term we will explore literature of the global south, focusing on the works of writers from former British colonies. The texts studied will be located within the literary traditions from which they have developed, whilst also considering how British colonial rule has shaped experiences in countries such as Nigeria, Jamaica and India. Discussion will be informed by postcolonial, globalisation and cosmopolitan theories.

American Literature & Culture 1945 to the Present

The unit surveys American literature and culture (including black and African American music) from 1945 to the present day. It introduces you to the range and diversity of recent US literature, beginning in the post-World War II period and continuing through to the present day. Alongside the study of literature, students explore the wider cultural scene in the US, in particular, the political and social significance of black and African American music.

Writing in Genres

The course will begin with an overview of the genres under consideration; thereafter students will have the opportunity to try their skills in three different genres in workshops dedicated to each specialism. The genres on offer may vary each year depending on staff, but might include three from e.g. historical fiction, crime fiction, fantasy writing and science fiction. In the first term, students will submit a portfolio of short pieces selected from their creative work in these genres. In the second term, students will concentrate on an extended piece of creative writing in their genre of choice. Both the portfolio and the extended piece will be accompanied by a critical reflection on the creative process.

Writing Series Drama

The unit concentrates on the composition of series, serials and continuing drama as opposed to the single play, in the context of critical awareness of contemporary dramatic writing. It reinforces and develops students' pitching, storylining and scriptwriting skills. Students will study the historical development of episodic drama and professional writers' responses to new technologies, including webcasting; key texts will illustrate a range of formats such as cop shows, comedy series, sci-fi, soaps, medical/hospital drama and explore the relationships between generic and 'authored' series. Students will devise the premise for a long-running drama to be pitched in class, and then work in teams to plot storylines over a number of episodes. In the light of feedback from tutor and peers, each student will then write her or his own individual version of the narrative framework for the group-devised story. Each writer will then script fifteen minutes of playing time of the devised storylines

Cinema and Nation
This unit explores the ways in which national identity is constructed in the cinemas of the United States and United Kingdom to interrogate formulations of British and American identity, both independently and in dialogue with each other.  
Shakespeare
This unit looks at Shakespeare's plays and poems in regard to both his contemporary intellectual, political and social meanings and effect, and the influence of his work on subsequent culture, in terms reception, adaptation, and reinvention.
Representing Trauma
This unit is concerned with critical and creative conceptions, constructions and depictions of forms of violence and trauma, and introduces you to representations and theories of trauma drawn from multiple locations (temporal and geographic).
Reading and Writing Poetry
This unit explores relations between reading and writing poetry. It focuses on reading and analysing a representative range of work by contemporary poets, and introduces you to relevant critical work. It equips you with critical, analytical and writing skills to read and write poetry effectively.
Reading and Writing Children's Literature
This unit provides an analytical study of a range of classic and modern texts written for children. It also uses these texts as models for the production of new texts. The unit also covers appropriate techniques for writing for children. It provides you with the skills to analyse a range of children's literature, and to use the resulting knowledge to produce original texts suitable for teenagers and children. 
Modern Gothic
This unit introduces and defines the field of Gothic studies via film, TV and literature as the locus of textual and contextual issues. It explores the mode's responses to historical and social change via psychoanalytical and socio-cultural theory. The unit develops student skills in both close textual reading and psychological and ideological analysis of the mode. It introduces you to the critical and historical field of Gothic studies.
Fin-de-Siecle Literature and Culture
This unit will introduce you to end of Nineteenth Century British and European culture and writing by studying the fictional, dramatic and poetical works of individual authors and other texts originating in the fin de siècle period.

Placements options

The Department of English works closely with a number of local schools and voluntary organisations that give students the opportunity to gain experience in a range of areas, including youth work, education, creative workshopping and video production. These placements are generally on a voluntary basis, though some work in local schools has been waged.

Department of English

Our Department of English is a large, vibrant community of around fifty internationally renowned writers and critics, and is home to the Manchester Writing School and Centre for Gothic Studies.

As well as a solid grounding in the traditional core of the subject, the department offers a modern and innovative approach to the study of English, with all strands of its degree programmes offering the opportunity to study abroad for a term.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £14,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Funding

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

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UCAS code(s)

VW37

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