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BA in French/Film & Television Studies (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Course Description

If you are looking for an exciting, diverse and challenging programme combining the study of French language and culture with the combination of theory and practice of  Film and Television Studies, then our degree is for you. The Film and Television Studies and French degree is engineered to empower you to develop your skills and capacities as a film maker, producer and expert on the creative industry with the ability to communicate bilingual in French supported by internationally recognised staff with a wide range of expertise.  During your four-year degree, you will have the opportunity to study or work abroad in any of the French speaking countries around the world. 

  • As a student in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies you will be joining our vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide. The Film and Television Studies component of this degree is a challenging and creative one where you will be exposed to a unique combination of creative and critical approaches. We also offer various modules through the medium of Welsh. Check out the module tab for further information.
  • In the Department of Modern Languages, you will have the opportunity to study French from beginners or advanced.
  • During your first year, you will have timetabled intensive linguistic classes where you will concentrate on the following principles: listening, reading/writing, oral and translation. After the first year, you will join students who have started the course at an advanced level.
  • If you're commencing the French component of this course at an advanced level, this will be a continuation of your grammatical and linguistic development from A level (or equivalent) also in the following principles: listening, reading/writing, oral and translation.
  • All students in the Department of Modern Languages will receive four hours of linguistic and grammar classes per week. As a department, we a relatively small and close-knit which means that you will benefit from the unique approach to language development. All of the language tutors are native speakers or expert in the relevant target language. We know our students by name and not by number.
  • The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies (TFTS) is the creative hub, where students benefit from the close connections with key industry partners include  National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. We are also in close proximity and are neighbors to the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest Arts Centre in mid-Wales which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.  We are situated in the heart of Penglais campus and our exceptional facilities and resources for practical work includes: 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.

If you are looking for an exciting, diverse and challenging programme combining the study of French language and culture with the combination of theory and practice of  Film and Television Studies, then our degree is for you. The Film and Television Studies and French degree is engineered to empower you to develop your skills and capacities as a film maker, producer and...

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Course Content

In all years, you will have four weekly hours of language work.

In your first year you will:

  • Learn about the founding moments of French culture;
  • Have the choice to study general modules on film, language and identity;
  • Practical modules that develop skill sin all stages of production process: scriptwriting, shooting, directing and final editing.
  • Contemporary approaches to studio-based and site-based theatre-making;
  • The analysis of drama, theatre and performance.

In your second year you will:

  • Be able to choose from a range of content modules on French literature, language, history of art, or cultures of contemporary France;
  • Write a first essay based on your independent research, with tutorial supervision;
  • Develop skills in studio production, documentary film-making and writing for film and television;
  • Full-scale production work;
  • Acting, directing and dramaturgy, devising, and designing;
  • Gain knowledge and key critical skills in a range of complementary theoretical modules that span Hollywood cinema, documentary film-making, art cinema and contemporary issues in digital culture;
  • The development of modern European Theatre;

In your final year you will:

  • Create independent creative work;
  • Produce your research dissertation;
  • Linguistics and semantics;
  • Current affairs in French and Francophone society;
  • Undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study;
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages;
  • 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.

In all years, you will have four weekly hours of language work. In your first year you will: Learn about the founding moments of French culture; Have the choice to study general modules on film, language and identity; Practical modules that develop skill sin all stages of production process: scriptwriting,...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in French (unless to be studied as a beginner)

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM to include B in A level French (unless to be studied as a beginner)

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in French at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in French

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in French (unless to be studied as a beginner) GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM to include B in A level French (unless to be studied as a...

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Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities.

You will be assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities.