BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies and Media Communications – Bath Spa University

Film and Screen Studies and Media Communications

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies and Media Communications
School/s
School of Creative Industries
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WP6H or S127
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades CCC.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Immerse yourself in the study of film and the film industries. Understand theory, criticism and the relationship between film, media and culture.

  • An immersive experience in studying film and the film industries.
  • You’ll have the opportunity explore your film interests and enthusiasms.
  • Combines film theory and scholarship with film practice.

We want 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’ll be starting on a journey of critical understanding of the institutions of film and screen production, distribution and exhibition. As part of this we’ll develop your understanding of reception and consumption practices in film and screen.

What you'll learn

Overview

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’ll 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.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll investigate film as a specific academic discipline, alongside how meaning is conveyed through film form and content. As part of your work you’ll analyse how films are constructed and be introduced to ways of writing effectively about film. You'll also undertake an advanced investigation of key theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of cinema, and explore film as a commercial, cultural and aesthetic institution.

Years two and three
In years two and three you can design your programme from a range of exciting modules. You can also take part in organising LineUP, the annual Student Film Festival at Bath Spa University.

How will I be assessed?

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

How will I be taught?

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 web in seminars and workshops.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • The Moving Image
  • Film History, Film Theory
  • Framing Film: Silence, Sound and Spectacle
  • Introduction to Television
  • Introduction to Sound and Camera I
  • Introduction to Sound and Camera II
  • Media Fandom
  • Your World Your Media: Making Film and Media Meaningful

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • American Cinema
  • Key Movements in World Cinema
  • Director’s Cut: Auteur Cinema
  • Film Genre
  • Stardom and Celebrity
  • Television, Representation and Gender
  • Film Cultures Project
  • Experimenting with Specialist Roles in Production
  • Short Collaborative Fiction Film
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Film and Screen Studies Dissertation I
  • Dissertation II
  • European Cinema
  • Popular Music Journalism
  • Feminist Film Criticism
  • Videogames
  • Digital Innovation and Enterprise
  • Rock n’ Reel: Popular Music on Screen
  • Short Form Documentary Making

Opportunities

Study abroad

Opportunities are available through the Erasmus Scheme. Choose from 25 partners across Europe, including Denmark, Spain, Italy, Finland and Germany. The University also has 15 exchange partners across the world.

Field trips

Visits include tours of famous UK film studios such as Pinewood and key film centres such as the BFI.

Careers

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.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Work placements are available within the programme through the second year Work Placement model. They can also be facilitated on an extra-curricular basis through members of the teaching team.

Competitions and awards

We encourage our filmmaking students to enter material for film competitions and festivals.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

"The tutors support you throughout, bringing their own specialist knowledge to the course to make it interesting and engaging."

Claire Reynolds, Film and Screen Studies graduate

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught on our Newton Park campus, with access to a range of facilities including:

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We value applicants who are self-reflective, creative and have good teamworking skills.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades CCC accepted
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26 points preferred
  • Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Get ahead

We recommend these two introductory texts:

  • Jill Nelmes, Introduction to Film Studies, Taylor and Francis, 5th Revised Edition 2015
  • Richard Barsom and David Monahan, Looking at Movies, WW Norton, 5th Revised Edition 2015

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course contact: Suman Ghosh
Email: s.ghosh@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course

Rethink the media as a force for change with our Media Communications degree.

  • Examine how global media industries shape everyday culture.
  • Challenge how the media represents local communities.
  • Transform the ways that social media influences daily life.

Explore how the platforms, audiences and representations of the global media industries transform society for the better, and learn to communicate new ideas to audiences.

You’ll explore the relationships between media audiences and representations, between media industries and creative practices. Engaging with media businesses, charities and digital agencies, you’ll graduate with the media and communications skills needed to rethink the media as a force for change.

Shaped by our leading research in gender and representation, multi-platform media and digital technologies, film and TV industries and game and music cultures, you’ll build up a portfolio of research and research-led media artefacts and work towards a final-year creative industry project that communicates your ideas to audiences. Our media and communication graduates have gone on to work in areas such as digital marketing, social media, education, PR and media policy.

"The Media Communications course at Bath Spa was, without a doubt, one of the best places for me to develop my passions and ensure I make the most of my skills. Including both practical and theory, the course structure covered every aspect of the subject I loved and was the perfect way for me to challenge my creative capabilities."

Bethany Wakefield, Media Communications Graduate, 2019

What you'll learn

Overview

Learn to communicate new ideas to audiences – locally and globally. Through academic and practice-based research, you’ll rethink multi-platform media, gender representation and game and music cultures as a force for change in society.

Explore how global media industries shape everyday culture. Examine why the media represents local communities the way that it does, and challenge the ways that social media influences how we perceive, consume and participate in daily life.

Partnering with prominent community and industry groups in Bath and beyond, you’ll build up a portfolio of research and research-led media artefacts, working towards a final-year creative project that communicates original ideas to an industry audience.

Course structure

Year one: Media audiences and representations
Our Media Communications degree modules equip you with the essential critical toolkit for understanding and analysing today’s media. You’ll examine media fandom, popular cultures and media representations, and use politically motivated tools to gain practical media-making skills. You’ll be introduced to key methods in media research through a series of case studies including gender in the media, television audiences, journalism, media preservation and music cultures.

Year two: Media industries and creative practices
You’ll examine global media industries, questioning – for example – how the media transcends the borders of platforms, cultures and countries. Alongside this, you’ll study the impacts of a promotional media culture on everything from production to consumption. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills in digital and cross-platform media-making, while further examining these themes in relation to more specific areas, such as stardom and celebrity, music, digital cultures and participatory media.

Year three: Making media making change
We'll encourage you to specialise in your passion, and to develop independent research and practice. This takes the form of a dissertation, but with you also transforming your research into an online media project that benefits a wider audience or industry of your choice. This project is complemented by specialist modules in feminism in film, digital innovation and enterprise, music journalism and video games.

How will I be assessed?

Our Media Communications degree is about developing the academic and creative skills to examine, challenge and transform today’s most important issues through the power of media communications. Assessments therefore range from research portfolios, transmedia presentations, essays and reflective journals, interactive digital marketing campaigns, political media-making artefacts and video essays, and blogs, presentations and websites. You’ll also learn through the creation of collaborative projects, working on live briefs with local media partners.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is driven by the research specialisms and expertise of our academics, who are all world-leading scholars in their respective fields within Media Communications. We have particular expertise in multi-platform media, gender and representation, film and television industries, game and music cultures, and emerging digital technologies.

Lectures set out broad themes and issues, while seminars stimulate discussion and encourage student debate. Individual tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss your work with tutors on a one-to-one basis.

You’ll also learn via workshops devoted to particular skills such as digital media branding, and in project labs you’ll work with staff and students to develop larger media campaigns.

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our Media Communications degree has bespoke work placement opportunities with Future Publishing and Great State. At various points throughout the course, you’ll complete your assignments by working with local media organisations. Recent partnerships for students have included The F-Word online magazine, Bathscape, the Stroud Film Festival and the Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institution.

Our Media Communications academics support Bristol+Bath Creative R+D, a £6.8 million initiative across the south west that supports the future development of the creative industries. In your second year you’ll have the chance to apply to be part of its dynamic work placement programme.

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with The Studio at Palace Yard Mews, Bath Spa University’s city centre home for innovation, research and enterprise. The Studio is Bath’s first enterprise and innovation hub to focus on creative media technology.

Careers

Our Media Communications degree at Bath Spa is ideal for aspiring:

  • Media researchers and creative strategists
  • Advertisers and digital media marketers
  • Social media and branding creatives
  • Academics and media policy-makers of the future.

Our Media Communications graduates have gone into digital marketing, social media, publishing, education, PR, media policy and more, and have been employed by companies including Komedia, Conversation Creation, Apollo Strategic Communications and Cognisess.

Competitions and awards

Each year we award The Centre for Media Research Student Award to a final-year student whose dissertation shows exemplary quality, scope and ambition, and which has been creatively reimagined to engage and benefit a wider industry audience

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The Media Communications course is based at our Newton Park campus. You'll have access to excellent facilities including:

Resources

  • Library collections directly relevant to the Media Communications course include more than 450 journal subscriptions, 18,000 books and 3,000 e-books. The Library’s extensive digital collections include Film and Television Literature Index, Rock's Backpages, and Box of Broadcasts, an archive of over two million off-air television broadcasts. Library resources for the course are underpinned by our Subject Librarian, who provides subject-specific support and a defined point of contact for research enquiries.
  • The Careers team have very close links with the media and creative industries in Bath and Bristol, and organise bespoke opportunities for you to engage with media employers, including networking sessions and bus tours visiting organisations.
  • The Writing and Learning Centre provides continuous support for your academic work, providing feedback on written drafts and running sessions on academic writing.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for enthusiastic and motivated students who want to become the researchers, content creators and policy-makers of the future. We value creative thinking, originality and a good knowledge of contemporary media, so the abilities to think critically and identify new opportunities are important traits we look for in candidates.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level – grades CCC preferred.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted
  • International Baccalaureate – A minimum score of 26 points required
  • Access to HE courses – Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course contact: Suman Ghosh
Email: s.ghosh@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course

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