BA (Hons) Film Studies with Film Production

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Overview

UCAS Code:P3W6
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2017
Department:Department of Media
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Media at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for personal development in the National Student Survey 2015;
  • Combine an in-depth analysis of film genres with some practical experience in some of the best facilities in the North West;
  • Project work, field trips and guest speakers are all key parts of the learning process.

This course offers you exciting opportunities to explore more than 100 years of film. It allows you to add practical experience to an academic degree, offering both an intensive intellectual experience and the chance to learn the skills necessary for moving image production. Approximately two-thirds of your degree comprises textual study, academic skills acquisition and research, as well as the development of a broad range of transferable skills that help make you highly employable. One third of your degree comprises practical workshops and projects which develop skills in filmmaking, production design, scriptwriting and project management.

Student Profiles

  • Hannah Moulder

    BA (Hons) Film Studies with Film Production
    During my time at Edge Hill I've worked for the BBC, been shortlisted for an internship with documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield and attended the Lodz Film Festival in Poland.
  • Dipesh Silwal

    BA (Hons) Film Studies with Film Production
    Alongside studying the theoretical side of film-making I have gained some practical experience too, enabling me to critically analyse any type of film while, at the same time, creating my own pieces.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 offers modules which give you the language and skills needed to examine, interpret and write about films. You will examine different films each week, gradually developing your skills in critical analysis. You will also discover the rich history of film and be introduced to several important critical concepts such as auterism, genre theory, Marxism, feminism and postmodernism. In addition you will take a compulsory module in moving image production.

The modules in Year 2 develop and broaden your understanding of film by examining the nature of film genres, the concept of the film author and representations of gender, race and sexuality on the big screen. You will also study the documentary form and produce your own four-minute short video as part of a small team.

In Year 3 you will conduct an in-depth study of film adaptations, and study how a range of texts are translated into film. You will compose a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, working with a supervisor throughout the final year of the degree, and select from a range of modules exploring themes such as cult cinema, animation and the cinema, cinema and national identity, and non-Western cinema case study. In addition, you will conduct a supervised large scale production project to demonstrate your organisational and production skills.

How will I study?

Lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and group work are supplemented by guest speakers (directors, editors, writers, producers), a dynamic programme of screenings, and cinema and studio-related field trips. You will be allocated a personal tutor, who will offer you as much support as you require. As well as multiple film screenings that form part of your studies, you also have access to the Short Cuts Cinema at our Studio Theatre, which screens seasons of great films on a big screen.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are varied, ranging from traditional essays to film reviews, film and television production projects, practical readings of film extracts under exam conditions, and oral presentations.

Who will be teaching me?

Our programme is staffed by dedicated and enthusiastic film lecturers and tutors, who are not only actively publishing or producing their own work but are also continually revising their modules to ensure they reflect the latest research.

A Great Study Environment

The Department of Media is based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17m building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for creative media students.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.

As a student in the Department of Media, you will benefit from our high-definition TV studios which come equipped with camera channels operated via either a studio configuration or hand-held setup, production galleries and control rooms with reference lighting, a Media Management system (Editshare) which ensures tapeless workflow and provides network storage for your work, and a fully independent talk back system to all studio areas. You can expect to use equipment such as vision mixers, HD routers, chroma key infinity walls and fully populated, motorised lighting rigs.

Media editing booths are available, equipped with software such as Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer. Creative Edge also boasts an audio dubbing suite which enables you to access a sound mixing desk, as well as sound performance rooms to add audio dialogue replacement.

You may have the opportunity to help bring Liverpool’s Sound City music festival to life. As part of an innovative partnership, Film and Television students at Edge Hill University are invited to film and edit footage of performances to create high quality videos of bands which are used by Liverpool Sound City to promote the festival worldwide.

You may also wish to get involved with the Edge Hill Students Union’s online media platform, Vibe Media. This offers many different opportunities for you to volunteer and gain experience of working within a media environment, whether as a DJ or TV presenter, organising marketing and events, or reviewing the latest films or album releases.

Representatives from the Guild of Television Cameramen visit the University annually, providing training and also providing the opportunity (if you pass a practical test) to join the guild. There are also opportunities for you to work with a variety of organisations in a production environment, ranging from internships with educational trusts, such as the Liverpool Film Academy, to independent production companies such as LA Productions.

Weekly free film screenings are available under the title ‘Black and White Mondays’. Classic and contemporary films are screened to broaden your experience of the cinematic medium. A range of trips and visits are also organised, for example to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York, to broaden your experience and enable you to attend masterclasses by industry professionals. A dedicated ‘Make Yourself Employable’ week incorporates a series of talks, workshops and networking events.

Modules

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Year 1

FLM1011 How to Read a Film: Sound and Image (20 credits)

How to Read a Film: Sound and Image gives you the language and skills needed to examine, interpret and write about films, examining a different film in depth each week. It is full of truly valuable activities, advice and guidance in becoming an efficient reader of film.

FLM1014 How to Read a Film: Approaches (20 credits)

How to Read a Film: Approaches takes you a step further into critical, analytical and theoretical spheres, examining films in close detail and discovering some of the many significant academic and critical approaches to the cinema. You will be introduced to several important critical concepts such as structuralism, post-structuralism, Marxism, feminism and postmodernism.

MED1208 Moving Image Production (20 credits)

Moving Image Production immerses you in moving image production practices. This includes the origination, development and refinement of ideas, the stages of pre-production, production and post-production, and the basics of camera operation, lighting and editing. The module will also acquaint you with the issues of resource and budgetary constraints and cover a range of creative, commercial and industrial contexts within which production may take place. You will be encouraged to bring knowledge, information and experiences gained outside the module to the production practice, thereby facilitating the development of creative critical approaches and problem-solving skills.

You will select one of the following modules:

MED1200 Scriptwriting (20 credits)

Scriptwriting examines particular demands of scriptwriting for the moving image and, in particular, scriptwriting for animation. During the module you will undertake a variety of exercises and practical writing projects designed to help encourage an appreciation of the processes of dramatic creation. Ideas will be developed from initial concept through to final animation production and translation of a finished product.

MED1202 Sound for Picture (20 credits)

Sound for Picture introduces you to the theory and practice associated with film sound and particularly post-production sound design. The module examines both the relevant theory and the technology necessary for successful capture of audio suitable for film. You will record all of the sound for a short digital movie, using only one microphone and a digital recorder. You will then have the opportunity to explore the perceptual properties of sound and manipulate it for dramatic effect with industry standard software. Keeping a production diary will encourage you to reflect upon the skills you gain.

You will select two of the following modules:

FLM1013 World Cinemas: Europe (20 credits)

World Cinemas: Europe enables you to recognise the impact of a range of significant national cinemas and directors from across the history of cinema within their particular, unique contexts. This module will concentrate on Europe.

FLM1016 World Cinemas: Beyond Europe (20 credits)

World Cinemas: Beyond Europe concentrates on cinema outside Europe. Not only will your knowledge of international cinemas be dramatically broadened, but you will also discover the incredible breadth of styles, narratives and motivations in the making of world film.

MED1417 Film and Television History and Contexts (20 credits)

Film and Television History and Contexts takes a broadly comparative approach to the development of the UK and US film and television industries. This module covers the industrial, technological and economic synergies between film and television from historical and contemporary perspectives. It looks at film production, distribution and exhibition from transnational, national and regional perspectives. You will examine commercial broadcasting, satellite, cable and regional television as well as the wider impacts of convergence and conglomeration.

Language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either FLM1013 World Cinemas: Europe, FLM1016 World Cinemas: Beyond Europe or MED1417 Film and Television History and Contexts.

Year 2

FLM2035 Censorship and the Cinema (20 credits)

Censorship and the Cinema enables you to learn about and debate the power relationships between industry, audience and censor during such happenings as the imposition of the Production Code in Hollywood during the 1930s and the Video Nasty scare in Britain in the 1980s.

MED2205 Welcome to the Real World: Documentary Production (20 credits)

Welcome to the Real World: Documentary Production offers you the opportunity to research, develop and produce a short documentary film that could be considered for submission to a festival or competition or for exhibition over an alternative platform. The module gives you crucial experience of the technical, creative, organisational and administrative demands involved in documentary production. You will be encouraged to experiment with techniques and will attend workshops that focus on the development of creative practices and processes. The relationships between technical, creative, and aesthetic choices will be considered in relation to the ‘real-world’ issues of budget constraints and financing.

MED2209 Digital Shorts (20 credits)

Digital Shorts is designed to give you the opportunity to make your own short film for submission to a festival or competition or for exhibition over an alternative platform. The overarching theme of this module is the development of your understanding of creativity and the creative processes in relation to film production.

You will select three of the following modules:

FLM2030 Film Genre (20 credits)

Film Genre critically examines the functions and forms of film genres in their socio-historical contexts. The module also introduces you to genre theory and additional approaches relevant to genre analysis.

FLM2031 Realism and the Cinema (20 credits)

Realism and the Cinema asks some fundamental questions about realism in film, what makes a ‘realistic’ film, what the key realist film movements are and what we understand ‘real’ to mean.

FLM2032 Film Authorship (20 credits)

Film Authorship investigates the concepts of the film author and asks if we really can find the artist in the film. The modules centres on an in-depth consideration of a range of authorship approaches to cinema.

FLM2033 Film Genre Case Study (20 credits)

Film Genre Case Study enables you to critically engage in a detailed and specifically theorised study of a key American film genre. It is likely that you will be offered one Hollywood genre from a range of possibilities including, perhaps, the musical, the horror film, or science fiction cinema. Although the precise case study for the module may change with staffing and with staff interests, the objectives will remain consistent.

FLM2034 Identity and Representation (20 credits)

Identity and Representation is a challenging and provocative module that studies how certain identities have been represented on the screen throughout cinema’s history, highlighting both prejudice and groundbreaking resistance to the norm.

MED2217 Fact to Fiction: Key Debates (20 credits)

Fact to Fiction: Key Debates engages with key ideas regarding film and television in relation to the factual and fictional representation of the world. The module emphasises that fact and fiction are part of a scale of representations which include documentary formats, reality television, drama documentaries, dramatisations of factual content, and fiction films and television drama. It examines the impact of new technologies on how ‘the real’ is constructed and highlights changes to the concept of ‘witness’ (Ellis 2000) due to an increase in mobile recording technologies.

MED2258 History on Screen (20 credits)

History on Screen looks at how British, American and German cinemas respectively have represented the historical period up to 1945 on screen, using a combination of contemporary and retrospective film productions. The module will thus explore not only the nature of cinematic representation in general, but also how each nation in turn constructs, or indeed, in the particular case of Germany, reconstructs, national identity through the prism of its past.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of FLM2035 Censorship and the Cinema.

Year 3

MED3209 Independent Production (40 credits)

Independent Production develops your advanced production and post production skills contextualised within theoretical frameworks, providing the opportunity to undertake a large-scale moving image production project, under supervision. Emphasising the importance of developing as critically informed practitioners, the module will encourage you to analyse and interrogate relationships between product, practice and audience and apply this understanding to your own productions.

You will select two of the following modules:

FLM3021 Text to Screen 1 (20 credits)

Text to Screen 1 reflects on how a large proportion of films are the results of adaptations of a novel, a short story, a graphic novel, and so forth. The module examines a range of examples, looking at the influences, restrictions and motivations in the adaptation of stories to the screen.

FLM3022 Cinema and National Identity (20 credits)

Cinema and National Identity investigates and debates issues of national identity and representation. Currently, the cinemas examined are Australian and New Zealand cinemas, and debates cover both theoretical and cultural concerns including gender, race and landscape.

FLM3023 Cult Cinema (20 credits)

Cult Cinema introduces you to films that are often marginalised in academic film discourse as a consequence of their modes of production, content or manner of consumption. The module theoretically explores the interrelated concepts of ‘cult’, ‘trash’ and ‘exploitation’ cinema.

FLM3025 Text to Screen 2 (20 credits)

Text to Screen 2 introduces you to the phenomenon of film adaptation and to the critical discourses necessary for understanding that phenomenon. The module familiarises you with a variety of narrative forms (including the novel, the short story, sequential art and the interactive text) and how these are adapted for the cinema. You will also consider external factors that may influence the adaptation process, including the presence of auteur directors, the franchise and genre considerations.

FLM3026 Non-Western Cinema Case Study (20 credits)

Non-Western Cinema Case Study explores an example of non-Western, non-English speaking cinema – currently Japanese cinema. It investigates cinematic, textual and ideological factors of Japanese films, both old and new, and considers global influences and effects.

FLM3027 Animation and the Cinema (20 credits)

Animation and the Cinema provides a critical and historical overview of animation on film, encompassing mainstream, political and avant-garde forms and styles. The module encourages an appreciation of diverse animations from around the globe.

MED3234 American Independent Cinema (20 credits)

American Independent Cinema focuses on the industrial and economic dimensions of independent film production, distribution and exhibition. The module covers the development and changes in the American independent film sector from the late 1970s, looking at the growth of indie cinema and later Indiewood. In looking at the various dimensions of independent finance, production, distribution and exhibition, the module critically explores the very definitions of independence and the ways in which it has been conceptualised in relation to film.

You will select a further 40 credits from the following modules:

FLM3024 Dissertation (40 credits)

Dissertation provides the opportunity to spend a whole year on an academic project of your own choosing, demonstrating your learning and skills attained over the course of your degree. A successful dissertation is often an indication of your suitability for further postgraduate study or research in film.

MED3207 Global Convergence: Film and Television Drama in the 21st Century (20 credits)

Global Convergence: Film and Television Drama in the 21st Century rehearses some key developments in media in relation to film and television fictions. In particular, it examines how new developments in media – and in particular convergence technologies, multi-platform environments, new distribution technologies and aspects of global / glocalisation – impact on film and television drama. This necessitates a good knowledge of fictional forms in film and television, which the module will also discuss. You will have a chance to consider how your own productions need to reflect these new environments and how this impacts on the design and production of content, the planning of marketing strategies, the relevance of global and diasporic audiences, and the way in which serial forms in particular can communicate and engage with their audiences.

MED3232 Television: Form and Engagement (20 credits)

Television: Form and Engagement examines television and key concepts from television studies in the context of cultural and technological change. The module recognises the diversity of television as a cultural form, placing an emphasis both on fictional and factual genres and drawing attention to the institutional and consumption contexts in which television operates. Crucial to the module is the understanding that television is in a constant process of change, both culturally and technologically. As an important medium in our everyday lives, it is also under constant scrutiny which affects decisions about policy, institutional change and consumption behaviour. The module will equip you with a critical understanding of television as a cultural practice that involves both production and reception.

MED3235 Contemporary European Cinema (20 credits)

Contemporary European Cinema explores the landscape of 21st century cinema in Europe by examining the films produced across the continent. Initially, the module will pose the question of what European cinema might be. You will then explore the national cinema paradigm in Europe, authorship in Europe, and major pan-European themes and aesthetics. By means of close textual analysis, the module will explore the similarities and contrasts that emerge between the nations and across the continent as a whole, and conclude with consideration of whether we can say with any certainty that a ‘European’ cinema exists.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

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Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points on the new UCAS Tariff. No specific subjects are required.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be graded Distinction and 15 credits graded Merit.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

You will be able to progress to a career in independent film making, TV production, journalism, project management, specialised film schools, project management, further study, the media industries, research, teaching and marketing.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to select the language modules as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2017/18, we expect tuition fees to increase to £9,250 per annum but this is currently subject to Government approval. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18 are £11,575 per annum.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2017.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

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How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

23rd February 2016 - Changes to Module Status

MED1200 Scriptwriting (20 credits) changed from a compulsory to optional module in Year 1.

FLM2030 Film Genre (20 credits) and FLM2033 Film Genre Case Study (20 credits) changed from compulsory to optional modules in Year 2.

FLM3021 Text to Screen 1 (20 credits) and FLM3025 Text to Screen 2 (20 credits) changed from compulsory to optional modules in Year 3.

23rd February 2016 - Change of Modules

MED1202 Sound for Picture (20 credits) and MED1417 Film and Television: History and Contexts (20 credits) added as new optional modules in Year 1. FLM1012 Cinema in Context: 1895-1945 (20 credits) and FLM1015 Cinema in Context: 1945-Present (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 1. There is also now the option of selecting a Language module in French, Spanish or Mandarin in Year 1 as an integral part of this degree.

MED2082 Creative Research Methods and Professional Ethics (20 credits), MED2217 Fact to Fiction: Key Debates (20 credits) and MED2227 Spectacles, Bodies and Other Pleasures: Concepts in Television, Animation and Film (20 credits) added as new optional modules in Year 2. A Language module is also available as a Year 2 option, providing a Language module was studied in Year 1.

MED3207 Global Convergence: Film and Television Drama in the 21st Century (20 credits), MED3232 Television: Form and Engagement (20 credits), MED3234 American Independent Cinema (20 credits) and MED3235 Contemporary European Cinema (20 credits) added as new optional modules in Year 3. FLM3028 Contemporary Film Culture and Future Cinemas (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 3.