Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Film, Media and Language (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish)

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Course summary

Our BA Film, Media and Language course combines studying a modern language and its associated culture with film and media studies. You will gain a thorough grounding in different areas of media study and an understanding of the ways in which the media relate to each other. You will develop a critical approach so that you can put your own and others' work in context. You will also have the opportunity to study a number of cross-cultural modules which allow you to explore specific themes across a variety of language-speaking areas. This course introduces you to the academic study of film, television and screenwriting and will equip you with core knowledge and practice-based skills for work in film and media organisations, and in the creative industries. You will learn how technology, business and human creativity have forged our contemporary media world, and will be challenged to engage critically and imaginatively with a wide variety of film/media forms and styles from around the world and from different historical periods. Our courses are taught by highly experienced tutors with links in key film and media institutions. This course is one of an undergraduate cluster of courses in Film and Media. Other programmes can be found under the pathways section of this page. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights

  • Birkbeck was ranked as one of the top four universities in the UK for its Art and Design research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
  • The award-winning Birkbeck Cinema is central to the course, where most of our film classes take place. The cinema is equipped with 35mm and state-of-the-art digital projection, which offers you an opportunity to watch and study films in the best possible conditions. Located in central London, in the heart of historic Bloomsbury, Birkbeck is within easy reach of cinemas and galleries, as well as facilities such as the British Film Institute and the British Library. The cinema is housed in a historic building that was a former home to key members of the Bloomsbury Group, including the author Virginia Woolf and the artist Vanessa Bell.
  • The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies fosters a research-intensive environment and offers an extensive portfolio of internationally respected courses that span a variety of academic disciplines and engage with the latest ideas and techniques in journalism, media and cultural theory, arts policy and management, film and television studies, creative marketing, digital culture and East Asian cultural studies.
  • Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) runs a busy, intellectually stimulating programme of events, including conferences, screenings and film-related events of all kinds, which students on this course are encouraged to attend. You will have the opportunity to participate in and attend the Essay Film Festival, jointly run by BIMI and the ICA, with free admission to events hosted at Birkbeck.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in film and television companies, arts administration or education. Possible professions include:
  • programme researcher (broadcasting/film/video)
  • arts administrator
  • higher education lecturer
  • museum/gallery curator.
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Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Assessment is through a mixture of the following: essays, reviews and reports; oral, audio or video presentations; group and individual projects; and digital media/design exercises.


How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. In this case, admission is normally based on an interview and you may also be asked to complete a written task. FOUNDATION YEAR DEGREES Our 'with Foundation Year' route is designed to give you extra support as it provides you with an additional year (full-time) or two years (part-time) of supported study. This is an ideal route if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you did not achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree. Once you successfully complete your Foundation Year studies, you will automatically advance onto the main degree. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Our Certificates of Higher Education in Film and Media Studies, Journalism, Media Practice and Higher Education Introductory Studies may lead to exemption from some modules.


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Film, Media and Language (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS