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BA in Film & Television Studies/Fine Art (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Fine Art

Course Description

Film and Television studies and Fine Art at Aberystwyth University will allow you to develop new or broaden and deepen your skills in painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, book illustration, experimental film, installation and site-specific performance. This programme offers you training that connects traditional skills with contemporary practice and theory with industry links such as The Aberystwyth Arts Centre, BBC, S4C, and Boomerang+ Plc. On completion of this degree, you will emerge with real world capabilities, enabling you to pursue careers in the creative industry. 

  • Benefit from the disciplined acquisition of technical expertise, the formation of creative intelligence, and an historical, critical, theoretical and contemporary aware of Fine Art practice.
  • The Department of Theatre, Film and Television studies is a vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • Make a valued contribution to a close community of students and staff within a well-respected School of Art that was established in 1917.
  • Students will benefit from 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.
  • Gain access to excellent teaching facilities that include well-lit studios for painting, darkrooms, print workshops, a MAC suite, seminar rooms, lecture theatre, galleries and a museum all housed in a magnificent Grade II* listed building.
  • We have been awarded Accredited Museum Status by Arts Council England. This demonstrates that our collection care and management are at the highest standard. 
  • Our students benefit from connections with key industry partners such as BBC, Tribeca Film Festival, S4C, Fiction Factory, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Ffresh Film Festival, BAFTA, Avid, and Arad Goch.

Film and Television studies and Fine Art at Aberystwyth University will allow you to develop new or broaden and deepen your skills in painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, book illustration, experimental film, installation and site-specific performance. This programme offers you training that connects traditional skills with contemporary practice and theory with industry links such as...

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Course Content

In your first year, through the disciplined acquisition of fundamental technical skills, you will explore:

  • Drawing and Painting;
  • Book illustration;
  • Printmaking;
  • Photography;
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and practice;
  • Practical modules that develop skills in all stages of the production process: scriptwriting, shooting, directing, and final editing;
  • Life Room studies;
  • Art History;
  • Academic writing skills;
  • A choice of modules in British Cinema, Classical Hollywood Cinema and Studying Media;
  • Introduction to the critical understanding of Fine Art.

In your second year you will:

  • Specialise in your chosen discipline(s);
  • Deepen your exploration of ideas and demonstrate technical proficiency;
  • 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;
  • Develop a programme of tutor-led self-directed practice and research that evidences an experimental approach and gives expression to a personal voice as an artist;
  • Grow a self-critical approach to creative working and professional methods;
  • Position your art practice within contemporary contexts and historical traditions.

In your third year you will be expected to:

  • Produce a body or work that demonstrates conceptual and technical coherence;
  • Articulate the broad critical and contextual dimensions of your discipline;
  • Study specialist subject areas that deal with histories of technology, experimental film, cult cinema, television and society in the 20th Century, and stardom;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of historical, contemporary and emerging practices relevant to your field of study;
  • Commit to subject for a sustained period;
  • Embark on an independent research project, leading to a dissertation on a film and television-related topic of your choice;
  • Generate ideas independently or collaboratively in response to set assignments or self-initiated practice;
  • Develop a personal, individual and imaginative response your chosen topic;
  • Consolidate skill-, subject- and conceptual-bases acquired over three years to produce a body of qualitative work for public exhibition;
  • Develop a professional profile or identity as an artist.

In your first year, through the disciplined acquisition of fundamental technical skills, you will explore: Drawing and Painting; Book illustration; Printmaking; Photography; Interdisciplinary thinking and practice; Practical modules that develop skills in all stages of the production process:...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Art or related subject, plus satisfactory portfolio

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM, plus satisfactory portfolio

International Baccalaureate:
30-28, plus satisfactory portfolio

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall, plus satisfactory portfolio

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Art or related subject, plus satisfactory portfolio GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM, plus satisfactory portfolio International...

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