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BA in Film & Television Studies (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Course Description

In choosing to study this Film and Television Studies Degree you'll be immersing yourself in a rigorous and challenging discipline combining both practical and theoretic components. The Department works closely with the BBC, S4C, and Boomerang+ Plc. With a focus on developing the essential competencies and capabilities demanded by the key industry employers, the Film and Television Studies Degree will provide you with the skills and attributes required in the discipline. In addition, you'll be taught in one of the UK's pre-eminent facilities by enthusiastic and dedicated staff.

  • You will be taught and mentored by a team of internationally known designers and experts. 
  • We are a vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • All students benefit from our complementary learning experiences where theory and practice are designed to feed into each other.
  • As a department, students benefit from our connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, BAFTA, Avid and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. These creative partners provide an excellent opportunity to network and liaise with those in the industry before graduation. 
  • Students in the department have access to our superb facilities and resources for practical work: three rehearsal studios, each with flexible technical facilities; 2 large professionally-equipped studios with digital lighting rigs controlled via ETC Congo and Strand Lighting consoles, Yamaha and Soundcraft PAs, Sanyo AV systems and Strand lighting and two NXAMP; and costume and wardrobe facilities.
  • On our campus and situated next door to the Arts Centre is one of the largest Arts Centres in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.
  • Aberystwyth University’s is known for having a large number of clubs and societies, so be assured that your time will be occupied with your studies and taking part in your chosen club / society's activities.  The University has a large and energetic drama society, come and say hello during a visit to Aberystwyth. 

In choosing to study this Film and Television Studies Degree you'll be immersing yourself in a rigorous and challenging discipline combining both practical and theoretic components. The Department works closely with the BBC, S4C, and Boomerang+ Plc. With a focus on developing the essential competencies and capabilities demanded by the key industry employers, the Film and Television Studies...

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Course Content

In your first year you will take:

  • 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: Movements in Film History, Studying Communication, and Studying Media.

In your second year you will 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.
  • Increase your employability prospects and transferrable 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 20th Century, and stardom.
  • 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 will take: 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: Movements in Film...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120 A Levels BBB-CCC GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-MMM International Baccalaureate: 30-26 European Baccalaureate: 75%-65%...

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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,...

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