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Film Studies and Literature (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Mark Bould
Key fact:
This unique course examines the mutual interactions between literature and film since the 1800s, deepening your understanding and appreciation of art, culture and society.

Page last updated 3 April 2017


Why BA(Hons) Film Studies and Literature?

Film and literature share a passion for expressing ideas and emotions, transporting us into different worlds, real and imaginary. Exploring these worlds gives us new perspectives on our own lives, but also on the experiences of others. Examining film and literature in parallel provides powerful insights into the role of the arts in contemporary society. We can also deepen our knowledge of the creative and cultural forces shaping literary and cinematic forms and their audiences.

Why study this course?

On this course, you will enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of the arts by studying the mutual interactions between film and literature since the 1800s. Learning from leading academics, you will engage with different viewpoints and styles of representation, including topics such as adaptation and realism. Alongside literary and cinematic classics, you will study popular genres, documentary, biography and animation. You will also learn about the social, cultural and economic changes affecting these forms by examining issues such as criticism and marketing, transmedia fictions, and arts festivals.

Real world experience

You will develop professional skills in desktop publishing, website design and content creation using industry standard software. You can gain valuable industry contacts and experience through volunteering and internship opportunities with Bristol's thriving cultural scene. You can also hone and showcase your writing and multimedia skills in a range of UWE Bristol magazines, newspapers and blogs.

Where it can take you

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of rewarding professions across the creative and cultural media industries. Career opportunities include publishing, editing and digital content creation; festival and cultural event management; teaching; and marketing.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance the disciplines which span the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your future, professional lives.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). A unique feature of the offer is the focus on Bristol as a centre of arts and culture you will be testing concepts, theories and ideas within the city as a living brief.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • Extended Project.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Education courses, and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Literary Scholarship
  • Film Style and Meaning
  • The City in Fiction and Film
  • Cultural Value, Literature, Film and Consumption.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Writing and Empire
  • Hollywood and World Cinema
  • Adaptation and Authorship
  • Genre and the Fantastic.

If you choose to study on the four year sandwich route, you will spend your third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year provides support for the process of securing this.

Final year

You will study the four optional modules from the list below OR three if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

  • Contemporary Literature
  • The Body in Literature
  • Contemporary Cinema
  • Music, Cinema, Culture
  • Realism(s)
  • African-American Fiction and Film
  • Literature and Film Studies Project.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

All our staff are active researchers and you will be learning from leading academics in the field including Dr Mark Bould (science fiction and crime genres), Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts (Gothic Romanticism) and Estella Tincknell (adaptation and female authorship). Find out more about who will be teaching you in our staff section.

You will learn through a range of methods including lectures, discussion-based seminars, practical workshops, one-to-one tutorials and film screenings. Independent study is also a key part of the course and you will complete weekly exercises outside of class time. An Academic Personal Tutor (APT) is available to provide individual advice and support throughout your course.

For more details see our glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. However, you will be expected to spend at least as much time again in essential independent study.


We use various methods of assessment, helping you develop a range of critical, creative and practical skills. Assessment types include essays, textual analyses, review articles, research projects, case studies, examinations, oral presentations, self-evaluations, creative writing, portfolios and digital content production.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



Students who gain work experience are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, work experience will make you highly employable on graduation.

Placements are not a formal part of this course; however, we work closely with cultural and creative partners in the region. We encourage students to get involved and promote volunteering opportunities and internships with local publishers, arts organisations and well-established festivals such as Encounters Film FestivalBristol Festival of Ideas and the Bristol Radical Film Festival.

Study facilities

Our Frenchay campus provides extensive study facilities including free wi-fi in all our teaching rooms.

  • Watch films or read contemporary literature, plays and texts in quiet study areas, group spaces or viewing rooms in the Bolland Library. The library houses over half a million books, as well as DVDs, journals and online resources.
  • Create websites and develop skills in desktop publishing, digital content production and moving image editing using industry standard software including Adobe and Final Cut Pro.
  • Access lecture slides, core readings and assignment guidance on UWE Bristol's Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Get involved

Bristol is a creative hub for film and the arts and our staff have strong relationships with local organisations and events organisers.

UWE Bristol staff and students have founded Bristol Radical Film Festival, introduced films for Bristol Silents and The Bristol Bad Film Club, and organised and contributed towards Cary Grant Comes Home for the Weekend.

UWE Bristol English staff were recently involved in the Writing the West Conference, a bicentenary Dickens Day and a Thomas Hardy Day, celebrating the anniversary of Hardy's 1912-13 poetry.

Socialise and learn

Our English Society organises regular trips and events and you can hear from industry professionals, watch screenings and socialise in our thriving Film Society.

Showcase your work

There are opportunities to post film reviews and write about film and screenwriting on our UWE Bristol Film Students' Blog. You can showcase your creative writing in Cellar Door magazine published by the English Society. You can also indulge your love of the arts or bring creative works to life at our Centre for Performing Arts.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, your knowledge of multimedia, audiences and consumption and high-level skills in communication, creative thinking and critical analysis will equip you for a broad range of careers.

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of rewarding professions across the creative and cultural media industries. Career opportunities include publishing, editing and digital content creation; festival and cultural event management; teaching; and marketing. A number of graduates go on to postgraduate study in English, Film and other related areas.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year11750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1469
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10281

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English, Film Studies, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Film Studies and Literature course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please apply through UCAS.

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

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