BA (Hons) Film Studies

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Overview

UCAS Code:P303
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, 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;
  • Critical analysis and the history and development of film in America, Britain, Europe and Asia;
  • Opportunities to watch films on the programme, using Library resources and our Short Cuts cinema.

Glamorous, seductive and global in its significance, film is one of the most powerfully influential media forms to emerge in the twentieth century. For over a hundred years, it has offered us representations of fictional and nonfictional worlds, presented gripping stories of right and wrong, and asked questions about what society expects of men and women. It has given us spectacular illusions, told extravagant lies and provided glimpses of shadowy truths. You will immerse yourself in the culture of film and develop your understanding, from basic approaches to highly sophisticated interpretative and analytical strategies. Exploring the history and development of film also encourages you to understand and analyse critical concepts of the study of cultural forms.

Student Profiles

  • Faye Singleton

    BA (Hons) Film Studies
    One of my favourite things about studying at Edge Hill University is how friendly and helpful my tutors are. They are all so supportive and reassuring and are always there to talk to about assignments, or other aspects of study I may need to discuss.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

This is an intensely stimulating degree which delves into the conventions, myths and tales that make cinema one of the most enduring of all media. You will gain skills in analysis, critical thinking and communication which will help to prepare you for a range of careers.

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. You will also study the technological, industrial and artistic history and development of film in America, Britain, Europe and beyond.

The modules offered in Year 2 develop and broaden your understanding of film by examining the nature of film genres, the concept of the film author, gender, race and sexuality in film, and the thorny issues surrounding screen censorship.

In Year 3 you will conduct an in-depth study of film adaptations and how a range of texts are translated into film. You will investigate ideas about national cinema by examining the relationship between cinema and national identity, before undertaking a study of a specific non-Western cinema case study (for example, Japanese cinema). You will have the opportunity to compose a dissertation on a topic of your own choice, working with a supervisor throughout the final year of the degree. Other optional modules explore cult cinema, contemporary European cinema and American independent cinema.

How will I study?

Lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and group work are supplemented by a dynamic programme of screenings, and annual trips to film festivals. You will be allocated a personal tutor, who will offer you as much support as you require which makes the transition to being an undergraduate student much easier. 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?

Assessment is varied, ranging from traditional essays to critical reviews, practical readings of film extracts under exam conditions, and oral presentations.

Who will be teaching me?

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

A Great Study Environment

BA (Hons) Film StudiesThe 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.

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.

FLM1012 Cinema in Context: 1895-1945 (20 credits)

Cinema in Context: 1895-1945 introduces you to the major film movements and moments in cinema’s rich international history, beginning pre-1895 and concluding at the end of the Second World War, enabling you to see film in its political, social and cultural context.

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.

FLM1015 Cinema in Context: 1945-Present (20 credits)

Cinema in Context: 1945 – Present concentrates on significant moments, movements and styles of post-war cinema to the present. You will consider a range of films and eras from American, British and European cinema.

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.

MED1421 Studying Television: Storytelling and Style (20 credits)

Studying Television: Storytelling and Style provides an introduction to key concepts in the scholarly study of television, particularly in relation to the structure, aesthetics and address of television programmes. Taking television in its traditional academic conception as both technology and cultural form, the module explores the interrelationships between television programmes, institutions and audiences. Looking at contemporary and historical examples, the module gives an overview of the central theoretical approaches in the study and analysis of television.

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 MED1421 Studying Television: Storytelling and Style.

Year 2

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.

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.

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.

You will select three of the following modules:

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.

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.

MED2082 Creative Research Methods and Professional Ethics (20 credits)

Creative Research Methods and Professional Ethics gives an overview of the main research methodologies used in communications. You will get a chance to identify, justify and implement different methods and techniques depending on the chosen topic and type of project. There is a focus on ethics in research and on ethics in the broader world of public relations. This focus includes the ethical codes of the various professional organisations and a look at corporate social responsibility.

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

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.

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.

You will select two of the following modules:

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.

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.

Disclaimer

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

The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards.

The entry criteria below are mapped to the current UCAS Tariff for academic year 2016/17 entry and the new UCAS Tariff for academic year 2017/18 entry.

  • 2016/17 Entry – 300 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required;
  • 2017/18 Entry – 120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the required number of 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 pursue a career path in the media industries, film and television industry, IT, journalism, project management, specialisted film schools,, advertising, marketing, further study, research and teaching.

Whether you want a career in the film-related industries or wish to enjoy the benefits of a good education in a subject that interests you, a degree in Film Studies will serve you well because we help you develop key transferable skills essential to employers, including the ability to think critically and creatively, to work in groups, to present your ideas clearly and to use IT.

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

Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,350 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

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 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2016.

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.

Apply

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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International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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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.

15th June 2016 - Change to Module Status

FLM3025 Text to Screen 2 changes from optional to compulsory in Year 2.

23rd February 2016 - Change of Modules

MED1421 Studying Television: Storytelling and Style (20 credits) added as a new optional module in Year 1. There is also now the option of selecting a Language module in French, Spanish or Mandarin as an integral part of this degree in Year 1.

MED2217 Fact to Fiction: Key Debates (20 credits), MED2082 Creative Research Methods and Professional Ethics (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. HUM2000 Independent Project (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 2.

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.

23rd February 2016 - Changes to Module Status

FLM1013 World Cinemas: Europe (20 credits) and FLM1016 World Cinemas: Beyond Europe (20 credits) changed from compulsory to optional modules in Year 1.

FLM2031 Realism and the Cinema (20 credits) and FLM2034 Identity and Representation (20 credits) changed from compulsory to optional modules in Year 2.

FLM3022 Cinema and National Identity (20 credits), FLM3025 Text to Screen 2 (20 credits) and FLM3026 Non-Western Cinema Case Study (20 credits) changed from compulsory to optional modules in Year 3.