BA (Hons) Media, Film and Television

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Overview

UCAS Code:P307
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Department of Media
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Utilise some of the best technical facilities for media production in the country;
  • Discover film and TV within a broader theoretical context;
  • Learn from the experts and discuss your future with people from within the film and TV industry.

Contemporary media, film and television industries are experiencing technological and organisational change on an unprecedented scale. This degree offers a thorough grounding in media, film and television theory and analysis, providing you with a theoretical knowledge and understanding of different media and a set of transferable and versatile skills, including teamwork and creative thinking. Responding to the changing needs of the media, film and television industries and the people who work within them, the programme focuses on creativity, the development and understanding of ideas, and professional practice. By selecting our media practice modules you will get the opportunity to put your learning into practice, building industry contacts and testing your team working skills on a production project.

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In Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 explores the relationship between media, culture and society and offers an introduction to film and television histories. This helps you to put your studies into context, to explore film, television, visual and sound cultures, and encourages you to think about and critically examine different media technologies and experiences. Alongside deepening your understanding of media history and theory you can choose optional modules, enabling you to design a route through your degree according to your particular area of interest. Options include media production, film and television studies, photography and more. Those choosing our media practice modules will work on a range of single camera projects and learn a range of pre-production, production and post-production skills including scriptwriting, camera work, editing and sound recording.

Year 2 deepens your understanding of media theory through the study of narrative, genre and representation and develops your skills in film and television analysis. You can elect modules that build on Year 1 while also studying the workings of contemporary media industries, including their economic, legislative and regulatory systems. Options address areas such as film studies, censorship, realism, audiences, global media, media identities and more. You also take a module which prepares you to carry out research towards your optional third year dissertation and develops your project management skills. Those choosing media practice modules will be able to develop practical skills through the making of a digital short film and a documentary production.

During Year 3 you will write a dissertation and have the option to conduct a large-scale moving image project (film or TV) within a small team. You will also be able to choose from a range of optional modules on topics such as television form and engagement, contemporary media policy and practice, digital media, film analysis, cult cinema, and media convergence.

How will I study?

Teaching and learning is through workshops, lectures, seminars and screenings. You will also have opportunities to work with visiting professionals from the film and television industries.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is predominantly by coursework, either at the end of the module or distributed throughout the course. Coursework includes essays, case studies, individual and group presentations, practical projects and dissertation.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by an experienced team with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of media theory and practice.

Team members are active in the research of contemporary developments in film and television and offer current or recent experience of working in industry.

A Great Study Environment

Two students operate the controls in the TV studio while watching what is being filmed on the multiple screens in front of them.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.

Media editing booths are available, equipped with software such as Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere) and After Effects.

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.

We offer a range of enhancement and placement opportunities through our links with industry and a range of film festivals. 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.

Modules

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Year 1

MED1436Understanding Visual Cultures (20 credits)

Understanding Visual Cultures introduces you to a variety of approaches to analysing a range of media. It engages with media histories, technologies, narrative, genre and aesthetics and will introduce you to a range of different media and how they relate to each other. On completion, you will be able to provide a detailed analysis of any media text and critically engage with some core approaches to media such as semiotics, structuralism, convergence theory, auteurism, visual persuasion, medium specific criticism and different aspects of aesthetics. These will include mise-en-scène, sound design, editing, aspects of convergence and new media aesthetics (such as CGI and special effects).


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MED1437Media and Society (20 credits)

Media and Society studies the complexity of factors that shape the relationship between media, culture and society. You will be introduced to media representations of reality, identity constructions and the relationship between media producers and users. The module will also look into how reality is produced, reproduced, maintained and transformed by the media. A key focus is the interplay between the various roles of the media: the civic role in a democratic system, media as business and media as a public service provider. You will consider the linkages between media forms and production and issues such as access, inclusiveness, marginalisation, knowledge, power and information. You will analyse media organisations, study the way in which media content is produced, distributed and received by audiences, as well as assessing its contribution to culture and social progress.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

You will select four of the following modules:

FLM1020How 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. The module is full of truly valuable activities, advice and guidance in becoming an efficient reader of film. It will equip you with an analytical vocabulary and knowledge and emphasise the stylistic aspects of film analysis. Particular attention will be paid to moving image and sound interpretation, the acquisition of a pertinent critical vocabulary, and methods by which cinematic sequences can be analysed.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FLM1022World Cinemas: Europe (20 credits)

World Cinemas: Europe introduces you to a range of European cinemas and looks at specific, significant national cinemas and directors that have either helped to establish a national cinema or have played an influential role in the industry globally. You will examine a range of key texts within their cultural, social, political and historical contexts, learning about significant developments and influences within and across cinema cultures.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FLM1024How 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.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

MED1431Media Production 1 (20 credits)

Media Production 1 introduces you to basic audio-visual equipment for video projects, techniques and aesthetics. By understanding the creative potential and the technical operation of the audio-visual equipment and technology, you will be better able to generate feasible ideas, plan shoots, create storyboards and relate shooting to editing. The module introduces you to technical theory and the professional language of camera operation, lighting, sound recording and editing. You will develop the relevant technical skills in order to be able develop, produce and complete, in collaboration, a short factual film.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED1432Media Production 2 (20 credits)

Media Production 2 focuses on fiction projects and further develops your technical skills. You will gain an understanding of a variety of production roles including cinematographer, producer, director, sound recordist, editor and scriptwriter. You will be asked to contribute in more than one role as you collaborate as part of a team to produce a short fiction film.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED1434Digital Photography (20 credits)

Digital Photography is a module which is suitable for anyone with an interest in photography. No previous experience is required. Practical knowledge of camera equipment and composition are required to fully exploit the creative possibilities of visual media. This module will cover various genres within photography such as landscape, portrait, architecture, pictorial and other areas. You will consider composition, framing, colour and editing. Basic training in the use of Photoshop will also be provided.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

MED1441Film 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.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED1442Studying Television (20 credits)

Studying Television 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.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Language modules, 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 one of the optional modules above.

Year 2

MED2308Cultural Representations and the Media (20 credits)

Cultural Representations and the Media asks what is representation, how does representation function within contemporary media and  culture, and what role do stereotypes play in the construction of ‘reality’ and identity? Each week you will analyse a key representational issue linked to gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, age, disability and national identity in order to gain a better understanding of the cultural and ideological construction of  representation. The module provides you the opportunity to study cultural representations across a range of different media forms. At the end of the module you will have knowledge and understanding of various representational systems and theories in a variety of different contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MED2315Analysing Audiences (20 credits)

Analysing Audiences provides you with a range of approaches to the understanding of audiences and methods of researching and theorising those audiences. You will experience a range of texts in a variety of media. Consideration will be given to the role of the media producer in audience creation and evolution, including the role of new media and new technology in the creation of contemporary audience practices.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select four of the following modules:

FLM2035Censorship 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.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

MED2301Screen Criticism, Journalism and Social Media (20 credits)

Screen Criticism, Journalism and Social Media is an innovative module which introduces you to the history and theory of screen criticism. The module equips you with an appreciation of the coexistence of different approaches to the analysis, evaluation and appreciation of the moving image by producing and learning to disseminate your own critical written, audio or audiovisual pieces. You will be encouraged to reflect critically on different media of film criticism (newspapers, magazines, academic journals, the internet, television) and on the current state of screen criticism in the context of social media.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED2302Pods and Vlogs (20 credits)

Pods and Vlogs immerses you in a critical evaluation of the production processes of citizen media in the age of the internet. The module will challenge you to think critically about the role of the platforms like You Tube, podcasting, blogs and social media. It will concentrate on an analysis of key theoretical frameworks including participation, disintermediation, fandoms and non-mainstream media.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

MED2311Welcome to the Real World: Documentary Production (20 credits)

Welcome to the Real World: Documentary Production provides you with 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 modules enables you to gain crucial experience of the technical, creative, organisational and administrative demands involved in documentary production and engage you in real-world documentary storytelling techniques. You will be encouraged to experiment, creatively express yourself and 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 as you work from a tutor-directed brief.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED2313Short Film Production (20 credits)

Short Film Production 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 the module is the development of your understanding of creativity and the creative, technical, organisational and administrative processes involved in film production.  The digital short genre gives filmmakers the opportunity to test out ideas or tell a story within the confines of a limited run-time. The relationships between technical, creative and aesthetic choices will be considered in relation to the ‘real-world’ issues of budget constraints and financing. You may adapt an existing story or work from an original idea.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED2314Thinking Photography (20 credits)

Thinking Photography introduces you to the historical and contemporary discourses around the photographic image. The module recognises that the ontological status of the photograph has changed during its development from the 1830s to a stage in modern society where photography and taking photographs is ubiquitous. Introducing you to theorists that focus on the nature and ontological status of the photographic image in society, the module enables the analysis of key texts and practitioners in order to equip you with an understanding of the relationship between the photographic image and society. You will study historical discourses including Walter Benjamin, Susan Sontag, and Roland Barthes as well as more contemporary theorists such as Elizabeth Edwards, Shawn Michelle Smith and Geoff Batchen as you engage in the critical evaluation of the production, distribution and reception of the photographic image in contemporary society.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MED2316Fact 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.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED2318Spectacles, Bodies and Other Pleasures: Concepts in Television, Animation and Film (20 credits)

Spectacles, Bodies and Other Pleasures: Concepts in Television, Animation and Film is centred on how animation, television and film are in a constant process of change. This evolution is partially determined by new technologies which is reflected in contemporary media theory. The module brings these theories together by focusing on contemporary discourses grounded in the critical concepts of spectacle, postmodernism, affect and visuality. It will thus draw attention to the increased emphasis on aesthetics in film and television theory, the ideas of spectacle and the centrality of the body to the experience of different media. You will be introduced to a range of critical methodologies including textual analysis and theory-based close reading.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED2323Transmedia Storytelling (20 credits)

Transmedia Storytelling examines the development of transmedia storytelling within digital environments. Marketing and audience engagement with films and television programmes has changed dramatically over the last decade. The convergence of media, technologies and culture has heralded in a new age of audience engagement within media franchises. Audiences, who are constantly connected through smartphones and second screens expect to connect with content outside of the core film/television programme, when they want, where they want and on their own devices. The module will reflect on this enhanced two-way communication and engage you in new and innovative ways of connecting to the audience with extended narrative and content.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

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 the optional module choice above.

Year 3

MED3275Dissertation (40 credits)

Dissertation offers you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth personal research project, under supervision, and explore a range of research methodologies and presentational formats appropriate to the project. You will gain a thorough knowledge of your chosen subject area and will be expected to shape that knowledge to produce a final submission that demonstrates your ability to locate the material within the wider contexts of your discipline. The module will enable you to work independently, with a supervisor, to explore areas of contemporary academic interest, consider issues of current or historical industry practice, and critically analyse case studies or products within specific cultural and social contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select four of the following modules:

FLM3023Cult 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.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FLM3029Film Curation, Exhibition and Festivals (20 credits)

Film Curation, Exhibition and Festivals introduces you to the theoretical and practical aspects of film curation, exhibition and festivals. Covering the development of film exhibition and the practicalities of curating film programmes and festivals, you will participate in a critical, applied exploration of this lively sector. This innovative module draws on the expertise of visiting professionals such as film curators, film festival programmers, film archivists and the rigorous scholarship of film academics. It provides you with the opportunity to engage with partners outside of the classroom environment and undertake case studies.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FLM3030Text to Screen 1: Approaches to Film Adaptation (20 credits)

Text to Screen 1: Approaches to Film Adaptation reflects on how a large proportion of films are the results of adaptations, such as from a novel, a short story or graphic novel. The module examines a range of examples, familiarising you with the mechanics of the adaptation process and looking at the influences, restrictions and motivations in the adaptation of stories to the screen.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED3058Media Policy and Political Communication (20 credits)

Media Policy and Political Communication provides a critical excursion into the role of media within modern democratic politics, providing you with a good grounding of political theory and also covering the role of power and counter-power at national, European and global levels, the communication strategies deployed by political actors, and the outcomes of the consultation and decision-making processes in the creative industries. The module critically assesses the shift from national to transnational level in media policy making, in direct relationship with the development of media and communication technologies, and investigates the delicate balance between consumer autonomy and corporate interests.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MED3207Global 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.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MED3208Media Futures (20 credits)

Media Futures involves the study of contemporary media practices, the impact of technology on creative industries, developments in global and local media, and changing paradigms of media production and audience consumption. You will develop a critical awareness of a number of key themes including social experience and shaping of media forms, access, participation and engagement, and the relationship between public and private spheres. By considering these themes through a range of different theories and research, you will discover a variety of approaches to gaining understanding of what is a rapidly expanding frontier of creative and cultural practice and media knowledge.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MED3232Television: 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.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

MED3234American 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.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED3235Contemporary 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.


Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

MED3260Independent Production 1 (20 credits)

Independent Production 1 enables you to apply critical and creative thinking skills to an advanced level. The module aims to facilitate your development of the creative industries’ gold standard of production: visionary inventiveness combined with advanced industry acumen. During the module, you can expect to typically work in production groups and to a live brief. You will be responsible for generating, developing and pitching a creative project idea, aimed at a specific audience and distribution platform. You might also work to develop individual and role-specific research material for the generation of a research portfolio. Throughout the module, there will be a strong requirement for the application of industry-standard practices such as proficiency in planning, organisation, management, creativity and flexibility, ensuring you have the opportunity to both extend and hone a valuable skills base and to critically reflect upon your work.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MED3261Independent Production 2 (20 credits)

Independent Production 2 is a practice-based module which offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the production processes of a substantial audio-visual project. Working in production groups, you can typically expect to be working to a live brief to plan and produce a substantial media product. This module thus aims to support the advanced development of cohesive team-work and independent learning as you demonstrate the ability to work effectively within a production group and show authorial individuality and leadership skills within role-defined parameters.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

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.

Timetables

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

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 2019/20

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 120 UCAS Tariff points. The study or experience of Creative Arts subjects, for example Art, Graphics or Media, is preferred.

Example Offers

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

  • A Level: BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.
    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 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), 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.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

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.

Entry Criteria 2020/21

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. The study or experience of Creative Arts subjects, for example Art, Graphics or Media, is preferred.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

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 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), 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.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

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?

Typical career paths include broadcasting, film, the creative and cultural industries, teaching (further training required) or research. You will also have the option of progressing onto postgraduate study in an associated area.

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 Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, 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 participate in Language Steps classes 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 studying 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 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £12,000 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, tuition fees are still to be announced. 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 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 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 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2019.

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

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

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge 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.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

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.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

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

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

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

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

17th September 2018 - Change of Modules

The changes outlined below apply from September 2019 entry onwards.

MED1436 Understanding Visual Cultures (20 credits) and MED1437 Media and Society (20 credits) replace MED1204 Understanding Visual Cultures (20 credits) and MED1207 Media and Society (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1. FLM1020 How to Read a Film: Sound and Image (20 credits), FLM1022 World Cinemas: Europe (20 credits), FLM1024 How to Read a Film: Approaches (20 credits), MED1434 Digital Photography (20 credits), MED1441 Film and Television History and Contexts (20 credits) and MED1442 Studying Television (20 credits) replace FLM1011 How to Read a Film: Sound and Image (20 credits), FLM1013 World Cinemas: Europe (20 credits), FLM1014 How to Read a Film: Approaches (20 credits), MED1040 Digital Photography (20 credits), MED1417 Film and Television History and Contexts (20 credits) and MED1421 Studying Television: Storytelling and Style (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 1. MED1431 Media Production 1 (20 credits) and MED1432 Media Production 2 (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 1. FLM1016 World Cinemas: Beyond Europe (20 credits), MED1200 Scriptwriting (20 credits), MED1202 Sound for Picture (20 credits), MED1208 Moving Image Production (20 credits), MED1414 Hold the Front Page (20 credits) and MED1425 What Is Animation? History and Context (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 1.

MED2308 Cultural Representations and the Media (20 credits) replaces MED2201 Cultural Representations and the Media (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 2. MED2082 Creative Research Methods and Professional Ethics (20 credits) removed as a compulsory module, while MED2315 Analysing Audiences (20 credits) replaces MED2215 Analysing Audiences (20 credits) and changes from optional to compulsory. MED2311 Welcome to the Real World: Documentary Production (20 credits), MED2313 Short Film Production (20 credits), MED2314 Thinking Photography (20 credits), MED2316 Fact to Fiction: Key Debates (20 credits) and MED2323 Transmedia Storytelling (20 credits) replace MED2205 Welcome to the Real World: Documentary Production (20 credits), MED2209 Digital Shorts (20 credits), MED2083 Thinking Photography (20 credits), MED2217 Fact to Fiction: Key Debates (20 credits) and MED2272 Transmedia Storytelling (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 2. MED2301 Screen Criticism, Journalism and Social Media (20 credits), MED2302 Pods and Vlogs (20 credits) and MED2318 Spectacles, Bodies and Other Pleasures: Concepts in Television, Animation and Film (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2. FLM2031 Realism and the Cinema (20 credits), FLM2034 Identity and Representation (20 credits), MED2083 Thinking Photography (20 credits), MED2214 Media Genres and Narrative Theory (20 credits), MED2258 History on Screen (20 credits), MED2270 Analysing Film and Television (20 credits) and MED2285 Writing for the Media (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 2.

MED3275 Dissertation (40 credits) replaces MED3225 Dissertation (40 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 3. MED3260 Independent Production 1 (20 credits) and MED3261 Independent Production 2 (20 credits) added as optional modules, replacing the previously compulsory module MED3209 Independent Production (20 credits). FLM3029 Film Curation, Exhibition and Festivals (20 credits) and FLM3030 Text to Screen 1: Approaches to Film Adaptation (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3. FLM3022 Cinema and National Identity (20 credits), FLM3026 Non-Western Cinema Case Study (20 credits) and MED3205 Identities and Creative Citizenship (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.