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BA in Film & Television Studies/English Literature (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , English Literature

Course Description

In choosing to study this Film and Television Studies / English Literature degree you'll be immersing yourself in a rigorous and challenging discipline combining both practical and theoretic components. The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies works closely with the BBC, S4C, and Boomerang. With a focus on developing the essential competences and capabilities demanded by the key industry employers, the Film and Television Studies / English Literature degree will provide you with the skills and attributes demanded in the discipline. On top of that you'll be taught in one of the UK's pre-eminent facilities by enthusiastic and dedicated staff. Additionally, you will follow the complementary English Literature core syllabus.

  • You will join a vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • In both disciplines, you will benefit from the complementary learning landscapes where theory and practice are designed to feed into each other. Ensuring that you graduate with a gold standard degree that is appreciated and recognised by all employers. 
  • Across both subjects and throughout the duration of this course, you will have the option to choose from a diverse range of practical and theoretical modules in film and television, from fiction to documentary, and from mainstream to experimental.
  • In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid-Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.
  • You will be taught by excellent teaching staff who will guide and mentor you during this course. Your teaching experts are research active and working in partnership with external organisations.
  • The English & Creative Writing department is home to New Welsh Review, Wales’ foremost literary magazine - this could be an exciting opportunity for you to get involved. You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers, literary experts, and published scholars from every field
  • All students will have access to our superb facilities and resources for practical work in film and television: 3 Camera High Definition television studio and gallery with chroma key and auto-cue capability; 30 editing systems - Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro software; 50 industry standard HD cameras – P2 and AVCHD formats; DSLR and GoPro cameras available.
  • As the National Library is on our doorstep, we have unlimited access to the Sound and Screen archive at the National Library of Wales and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This will be beneficial for you throughout your course, especially in your final year. 

In choosing to study this Film and Television Studies / English Literature degree you'll be immersing yourself in a rigorous and challenging discipline combining both practical and theoretic components. The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies works closely with the BBC, S4C, and Boomerang. With a focus on developing the essential competences and capabilities...

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Course Content

In your first year you may explore:

  • Core introductory modules in the history, theory and analysis of film and television products;
  • Practical modules that develop skills in all stages of the production process: scriptwriting, shooting, directing, and final editing;
  • A choice of modules in British Cinema, Classical Hollywood Cinema and Studying Media;
  • New techniques in analysing literary texts;
  • Poetry, prose, drama, American literature, adaptations, classical literature, contemporary writing, medieval texts. 

In your second year you may have the opportunity to:

  • Develop skills in studio production, documentary filmmaking and writing for film and television;
  • Gain knowledge and key critical skills in a range of complementary theoretical modules that span Hollywood cinema, documentary filmmaking, art cinema and contemporary issues in digital culture;
  • The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism;
  • A range of selected core texts from the medieval period through to the twenty-first century;
  • A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era),  or theme (such as “place”);
  • Increase your employability prospects and transferable skills through the compulsory work placement module.

In your third year you will be able to:

  • Specialise in documentary production, fiction film, experimental media or scriptwriting and build advanced skills in this area;
  • Study specialist subject areas that deal with histories of technology, experimental film, cult cinema, television and society in the 20thCentury, and stardom;
  • Literary theory and the application of theoretical perspectives to literary analysis;
  • Extended writing and independent research in your final year dissertation project (on a topic chosen and defined by you);
  • Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by researchers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, the early English novel, queer fiction, children’s literature, Romanticism, and much more; 
  • Embark on an independent research project, leading to a dissertation on a film and television-related topic of your choice;
  • Benefit from extensive support and guidance whatever pathway you decide on.

In your first year you may explore: Core introductory modules in the history, theory and analysis of film and television products; Practical modules that develop skills in all stages of the production process: scriptwriting, shooting, directing, and final editing; A choice of modules in British Cinema, Classical Hollywood Cinema and...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in an English related subject at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in an English related subject

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5...

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Assessment Methods

We assess our students through:

  • Group devised productions;
  • Individual film and video projects;
  • Practical analyses;
  • Production diaries and creative scriptwriting;
  • Formal essays and examinations;
  • Reflective journals, blogs, Wikis;
  • Seminar presentations.

Additional assessments may include:

  • Storyboards;
  • Screenplays;
  • Pitches.

We assess our students through: Group devised productions; Individual film and video projects; Practical analyses; Production diaries and creative scriptwriting; Formal essays and examinations; Reflective journals, blogs, Wikis; Seminar presentations. Additional assessments may...

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