Film Studies (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:
- Foundation Year: Dr Britta Martens; years one to three: Dr Mark Bould
- Key fact:
- Gain practical experience, make valuable contacts and build the skills you need for an exciting career in the thriving film and television industry.
Page last updated 23 November 2018
Why study film?
Film engages, informs and inspires around the globe. It influences the way we see the world, helps us understand ourselves and gives us insight into the experience of others.
Get to know the creative and cultural forces that shape cinema and its audience. And understand the role of the arts in today's society.
Why UWE Bristol?
BA(Hons) Film Studies enhances your understanding and enjoyment of cinema.
You'll study more than a century of American, British and world cinema, and learn about the social, cultural and economic factors that influenced film.
Examine film criticism, marketing and festivals and explore how film is produced and consumed.
Learn from leading academics, exploring different styles and forms of filmmaking from contemporary blockbusters and indie movies, to documentaries, silent shorts and avant-garde experiments.
Where can it take me?
Your expertise in communication, critical analysis, research and creative thinking will be needed in a variety of sectors.
You'll graduate ready for a broad range of careers as well as postgraduate study.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
You will study the following compulsory modules:
- Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
- Bristol, Arts and Culture
- Thoughts, Ideas and Myths: Past, Present and Future
- The Power of Words.
You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Journalism courses.
The normal expectation is that you must pass all Foundation year modules before progressing to Year one.
You will study:
- Film Style and Meaning
- The Movie Experience: Audience, Culture and Taste
- Hollywood and Beyond: Commerce, Creativity and Authorship
- Imagining Realities
- Spectacle, Action, Narrative.
You will study:
- Hollywood and World Cinema
- British Film and Television
- Adaptation: Screenwriting and Narrative Form
- Screen Representations: Difference and Diversity
- Film Genre
- Professional Writing About Film.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Film Studies Independent Project.
Plus, up to four optional modules (up to two if you've completed a placement year) from:
- Contemporary Cinema
- Music, Cinema, Culture
- 'Outsider' Cinema: Indie Films and Cult Movies
- Wallace, Gromit and 'the Green Hollywood': Bristol Film and Television Industries
- Feeling Cinema: Embodiment and Affect
- Stardom: Performance and Agency.
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
Learn through a combination of lectures, screenings, seminars, workshops, individual and small-group tutorials, and technical instruction sessions.
You'll study independently, defining your own research questions and focusing on the issues and ideas that interest you most. Get guidance and support from a team of leading film scholars.
To find out more, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Set up your own social and creative enterprises, such as websites, blogs, zines and events. Post film reviews and write about film for UWE Bristol's magazines, newspapers and blogs.
You can indulge your love of the arts and help bring creative works to life at our Centre for Music.
Bristol is a creative hub for film and the arts, and our staff have strong relationships with local organisations and events, including the Watershed Media Centre, the Arnolfini and the Cube Microplex.
UWE Bristol staff, students and graduates founded Bristol Radical Film Festival and Compass Presents.
Join UWE Bristol's Film Society, enjoy free films at the campus SceneIT cinema, and participate in film festivals and events across the city.
You'll be assessed in a number of ways honing your critical, creative and practical skills.
You'll be assessed through essays and exams, audio-visual essays, festival programming and different kinds of film writing from publicity materials and reviews to features and blogs.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.
If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll be encouraged to take up volunteering, work experience and internship opportunities with collaborating arts organisations, pop-up events, and festivals such as Encounters Film Festival and the Bristol Radical Film Festival.
Our award-winning careers and employability service will guide and support you to find placements.
Frenchay Campus provides extensive study facilities. Watch films in viewing rooms with full blackout, Blu-ray and multi-region DVD players, digital projection and 5.1 sound.
Create presentations, blogs and audio-visual essays.
Develop skills in desktop publishing, digital content production and movie editing, using industry standard software (including Adobe Premiere).
Access lecture slides, core readings and assignment guidance on our Blackboard virtual learning environment.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
You'll be ready for a broad range of careers as well as postgraduate study.
Our graduates go on to work in a variety of professions across the creative, cultural, media and heritage industries. These include publishing, editing, digital content creation, festival and cultural event management, teaching, marketing and advertising.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 64
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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 one A-Level.
- Relevant subjects: Film Studies, Media Communications, Media Studies and English Literature.
- 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.
Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Film Studies course.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.
UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333