Film and Screen Studies

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This course offers an exciting route into the study and appreciation of film and screen and their industries together with the opportunity for some practical and creative work in filmmaking.

Why study Film and Screen Studies?

We want to enable you to develop a critical understanding of film and screen theory and criticism and to appreciate the relationship between film, media and culture. But we also want to provide you with the conceptual tools for understanding how society and culture is mediated by cinematic, televisual and electronic images. In choosing this course you will be starting on a journey of critical understanding of the institutions of film and screen production, distribution and exhibition. As part of this we will develop your understanding of reception and consumption practices in film and screen.

Course structure

In the first year there are two cores modules. The first is Introduction to Film in which you will investigate film as a specific academic discipline and how meaning is conveyed through film form and content. As part of your work you will analyse how films are constructed and be introduced to ways of writing effectively about film. The second core module is Understanding Hollywood, which offers an advanced investigation of key theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of cinema, and explores film as a commercial, cultural and aesthetic institution.

In Years 2 and 3 you can design your programme from a range of exciting modules including film theory, Hollywood cinema, video games, film and national identity, stardom and celebrity, Asian cinema, European cinema, film genres such as westerns and horror, young people and the new media, planning a film and making a film, and documentary filmmaking. You can also take part in organising LineUP, the annual Student Film Festival at Bath Spa University.

Film and Screen Studies aims to produce graduates who have an informed, critical and creative approach to both understanding film and screen in contemporary society and to their own forms of critical, reflective and communicative practice. You will develop intellectual, analytical, research and creative skills that will help you to prepare for employment and have the opportunity to engage in practical filmmaking projects if you wish.

Modules

In the first year you are introduced to the methods and methodologies of film as an object of critical investigation, with special emphasis upon the relationship between film and contemporary popular culture. In Years 2 and 3 you will take one core module and select from a range of module options. There are also some opportunities to engage in film planning and production.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Film*;
  • Introduction to Television;
  • Framing Film: From Silent Screen to World Cinema;
  • Digital Natives.

Year 2

  • Film Theory and Practice: Understanding Hollywood*;
  • Film and British National Identity;
  • Television, Representation and Gender;
  • Stardom and Celebrity;
  • Popular Cinema and Culture;
  • Digital Generation: Young People and New Media;
  • Film and Philosophy;
  • Film Noir: The Dark side of the Screen;
  • Planning and Making a Film;
  • Film Cultures Project;
  • Asian Film National Cinemas and Global Impacts;
  • Work Placement

Year 3

  • Dissertation;
  • Film Audiences and Cultures of Spectatorship;
  • Wired Up: Computer and Videogames;
  • European Cinema;
  • Power, Pleasure and Feminist Film Criticism;
  • Rock n Reel: Popular Music on Screen;
  • Cartoon Time: Thinking Through Animation;
  • Psychos, Killers and Voyeurs: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock;
  • Media Technologies and Change;
  • Short Form Documentary Filmmaking;
  • LineUp: Student Film Festival;
  • Indian Cinema: From Arthouse to Bollywood;
  • Creative Enterprises Project.

* Compulsory modules.

Course assessment

Assessment includes essays, research reports, journals and group presentations and examinations.

Film and Screen Studies at Bath Spa University comprises an exciting opportunity for you to study film and screen alongside aspects of the new media, together with some optional practical work in film planning and production.

Dr Rebecca Feasey, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Communication:

“Film and Screen Studies is a wonderfully diverse programme that gives students the flexibility and choice to look at a wide range of cinematic genres, from a number of fascinating theories, perspectives and historical periods.

I am passionate about teaching at Bath Spa because the students are always curious, motivated and interested to learn. Furthermore, because of the small scale of the campus, it is possible to foster genuinely supportive relationships with students.”

Teaching methods

Our modules have well-defined teaching structures consisting of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, which give you wide opportunities to learn progressively, stretch your capabilities, test your ideas and methods and interact positively with staff and other students in the Department.

As you would expect, Film and Screen Studies modules also use parts of the new media in their teaching practice. Students are encouraged to make use of the University's virtual learning environment, 'Minerva' and of the worldwide web in seminars and workshops.

Teaching quality excellence

In the National Student Survey of 2011:

93% of students said that staff were good at explaining things

92% of students said that staff have made the subject interesting

99% of students said that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching

Application method

All full time applications are through UCAS

Course enquiries

Please contact our Admissions team (see above)

Entry requirements

280–320 UCAS Tariff points.

Career opportunities

Employers welcome the high level of subject-based, generic and personal skills which are embedded in our programmes. The main focus of interest for our Film and Screen Studies graduates is the creative and cultural industries in the UK. These industries include advertising, journalism, publishing, film and film-related employments, television, radio and the heritage sector. However, there are also employment opportunities in local and central government and the voluntary sector.

Since 2011, employers such as BBC Bristol, Argonon and The Sheffield International Documentary Festival have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Unit Assistant, Festival Assistant and Film Location Manager.

What students say...

Claire Reynolds, Film and Screen, graduate 2012:

"The course turned my interest into a passion, with the subject covering extensive and wide-ranging areas of film and television. The tutors support you throughout, bringing their own specialist knowledge in various subjects to the course to make it interesting and engaging."

Student statement in the National Student Survey 2012:

“The academic support from tutors has been very good and the enthusiasm of tutors is really great. The willingness and friendliness of the staff are such a benefit.”

Here is what more our students think:

"All aspects of the course have been interesting and useful."

"The lectures are very informative."

"Awesome lecturers."