Undergraduate course

Film Studies and Media BA (Hons)

Combining Film Studies and Media degree programmes at York St John University provides you with an opportunity to study the genres, social and historical contexts, pleasures and the politics of film, whilst also developing your understanding of how media and culture affect who we are, what we do and how we understand ourselves and the world around us.

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100% of Film Studies & Media students were satisfied with their course. National Student Survey, 2018

  • UCAS Code – P391
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

If you wish to study two academic subjects in depth our Joint Honours degree programmes are a great way to do this. 

Studying Film alongside Media gives you the opportunity to cover a broad, artistic and fascinating cultural exchange between communicative forms. You will consider cinema’s relationship with other popular forms of expression such as comic books, television, video games and literature and be given the opportunity to explore the ways films are distributed and marketed across a range media. You will also explore Films many forms, including animation and documentary and be encouraged to become involved in wider film culture such as festivals and participate in the thriving York cinema scene.

You will be equipped with the tools to analyse and critically engage with cinema of different genres, styles, periods and world sites vis-à-vis a range of cultural forms such as visual art, interactive media and literature.

The Film Studies BA (Hons) can be studied as a single subject as well as alongside other programmes (American Studies and English Literature). 

Course structure

Level 1

Modules may include: 

  • Filmmakers on Film
  • Cinema & Society
  • Media Research
  • Film & its Audiences
  • Media, Culture & Society
  • The Medium is the Message
  • Media, Publics & Power
  • Media Research
  • Writing the Media
  • Critical Perspectives

Level 2

Modules may include: 

  • Gothic & Horror
  • Independent Cinema
  • Adaptations
  • Film & the American Imagination
  • Imaginary Worlds: Researching Science Fiction
  • Issues of Taste
  • Popular Genres
  • Media Enterprise
  • Globalisation
  • Visual Culture
  • Convergence Culture

Level 3

Modules may include: 

 

  • Documentary Film
  • Gender & Sexualities
  • Animations; Transnational Cinema
  • Media Geographies
  • Gender & Sexualities
  • Media Futures
  • Pop Americana
  • Dissertation

Teaching & Assessment

On the Film Studies and Media BA (Hons) programme you will experience and take part in lectures, seminars, workshops, task focused activities, field-trips and excursions and informative engagement with media practitioners and those working in the creative industry. Crucially, this is backed up by four distinct features. These are:

  • Research informed teaching where experts in their subjects will work with you and develop your knowledge.
  • A schedule of tutorial support where you will gain advice and guidance on how to progress academically.
  • Technology enhanced programme instruction from experts that will help you to learn how to use media as a critical and creative tool.
  • An employability strand to equip you for work as a graduate.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including essays, portfolios, single and group presentations (for example, voice-over commentaries using iPads and tablets), interactive e-portfolios (using platforms such as Word Press), creative visual pieces. All of these will be introduced at Level1 and then developed throughout your degree.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study or wider reading.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include further study, career plans and transferrable skills such as time management.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

STUDY ABROAD

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

FINANCIAL HELP AND SUPPORT

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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