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Undergraduate course

Film Studies and Media BA (Hons)

Everyman cinema

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.

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

York campus

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

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

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

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £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

Foundation Year

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Foundation courses

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.

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