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Film and Screen Studies and Media Communications

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Award
BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies and Media Communications
School/s
Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Campus or location
Newton Park and Locksbrook Campus
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
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. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

This combined degree encourages film lovers to combine their passion with the media skills that will allow them to communicate ideas in new and innovative ways.

  • Work in a professional environment with industry-level equipment.
  • Collaborate with professionals and microbusinesses on real-life projects.
  • Our award-winning staff champion inclusivity and accessibility to prepare you for life as a forward-thinking professional.

Combine a more traditional programme of film studies with innovative media studies modules to expand your understanding of new media and visual communication. Look at all things “screen” – from social media bites to feature-length productions, digital billboards and film theory.

Throughout your time at Bath Spa, you’ll have the support and guidance of our course leaders, who are award-winning experts and innovators in their fields. You’ll get the chance to use our state-of the-art film facilities in our studios, with cameras, mixing desks and editing suites. You’ll have the opportunity to work in the University’s new city-centre innovation hub for creative media technology and work with Immersive Promotion Design, our own in-house immersive marketing company.

On this degree you’ll develop and challenge your thinking about film and media. An emphasis on diversity, inclusion and accessibility allows you to explore pertinent topics such as decolonisation, building inclusive audiences and think about sustainability. By studying international and transnational film and de-centred audiences, as well as exploring new and innovative media and communications strategies, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running as a confident professional in the ever-evolving world of work.

Why choose this combination?

Students on this course will benefit from the core skills of both degrees. You’ll learn film theory and practical techniques, and explore the industry. You’ll also use your media skills to communicate your ideas in engaging and creative ways. Film underpins this degree, while the media modules give you greater flexibility in career options and develop your professional skills in communication.


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What you'll learn

Overview

As a student of our Film and Screen Studies and Media Communications degree at Bath Spa, you’ll develop practical skills in marketing, creative strategy, public relations (PR), social media management, production and direction, and visual communications theories and criticism. 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 and media projects if you wish.

Over the course of your studies you'll have the flexibility to choose four optional modules in areas that are of particular interest to you, allowing you to build a degree tailored to your passions and career aspirations. You’ll look at the film industry through the lens of visual communication, and study media consumption and changing trends in the visual media.

In your final year, you’ll join The Studio, the University’s city-centre innovation hub for creative media technology, and Immersive Promotion Design, our in-house immersive marketing company. By collaborating across the region’s business and arts sector, you’ll realise your vision for a more inclusive world with strong knowledge of film production and cinema as an industry.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll investigate film as a specific academic discipline, and be introduced to analytical tools to critique contemporary media. You’ll explore how meaning is conveyed in visual media and analyse how films are constructed. You’ll also learn project management skills and begin to look into the key theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of cinema, and explore film as a commercial, cultural and aesthetic institution.

Year two
Understand the communications and film industries in greater depth. You’ll learn marketing practices, identifying opportunities to revolutionise how media creators communicate with audiences. You’ll learn web design skills, explore grassroots community media, practice cross-platform communication strategies, and increase your awareness of media ethics. You’ll also get the chance to work on film projects, both practical and theoretical.

Year three
Take your knowledge into the real world. Become part of our innovation hub for creative media technology as you work with Immersive Promotion Design. Look at how you can shape the future of visual communication, through film and media, and develop new ways to communicate your passion for film, criticism and journalism.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in a range of ways, including 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. You’ll be taught by a team of world-leading researchers and creative media practitioners, as well as award-winning film industry professionals. The course is practical and hands-on, and will get you thinking, discussing and debating topics with your coursemates.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes essays, research reports, journals, group presentations and portfolios. Your assessments are designed to help you build a portfolio that you can take into your career. On some modules you’ll produce digital media campaigns, podcasts and social media content, while elsewhere you’ll deliver presentations and work on group projects, computer-based simulations and business strategy reports.

Opportunities

Study abroad

As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities.

Fieldwork

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

Careers

Graduates from this course could expect to find careers in various roles including:

  • Film criticism and film journalism
  • Film promotion and marketing
  • Media communications roles
  • Vlogging and blogging
  • Digital marketing
  • Media buying and advertising
  • Journalism
  • Film production and direction
  • Social media.

Some of our graduates have gone on to work at regional, national and international companies such as:

  • Museum of Modern Art (New York)
  • Marvel (Disney)
  • Bath Netball Team
  • House of Frankenstein
  • House of Imagination
  • Co.media
  • Future plc.
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.

Global Citizenship

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

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

Film and TV facilities

You'll work in a professional environment with industry-level equipment, truly preparing you for a career in the industry. Our electronic, multi-camera TV studios rival those used by commercial organisations and broadcast companies. They’re equipped to exceed industry standard and have both blue and green screen capability.

As a student at Bath Spa, you'll be able to benefit from the studios, the studio gallery equipped with three HD camera channels, our nine HD-capable edit suites, a viewing theatre offering viewing for 2D, 3D, 4k (ultra-HD) and HD presentations, and two mixing rooms.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
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UK students part time

2023/24 Entry

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Year 1 £4,625
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International students full time

2023/24 Entry

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Year 1 £15,930
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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. The ability to challenge the media and identify new ways of communicating to audiences are important traits that we also 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 BBB-BCC preferred.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 28 points are 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, 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.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

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

Course contact: Jamie Steele (Film and Screen)
Email: j.steel@bathspa.ac.uk 

Course contact: Matthew Freeman (Media Communications)
Email: m.freeman@bathspa.ac.uk 

Three year course
With placement year

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