Aberystwyth University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

Photography/Film and Television Studies

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Course summary

Photography and Film & Television Studies at Aberystwyth University combines a practical and theoretical approach to the study of media production, film and photography in a specialised interdisciplinary degree. Drawing upon the combined expertise of the Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies and the School of Art, this exciting and stimulating course will allow you to acquire advanced technical skills in the use of cameras and digital editing software alongside a broad grounding in the academic study of the mediums of film and television. In studying Photography and Film & Television Studies you will develop a deep appreciation of both the still and moving image as art form and industry while acquiring a range of practical skills, creative attributes and critical awareness that will open up numerous employment pathways in the creative arts. Why study Photography and Film & Television Studies at Aberystwyth University? You will be taught and mentored by a team of internationally known experts and practitioners. You will benefit from our complementary learning experiences where theory and practice feed into each other. You will have access to our superb facilities and resources for practical film 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. You will benefit from our connections with key industry partners, such as the BBC, S4C, BAFTA Cymru, Tribeca Film Festival (New York), Fiction Factory, Tinopolis, Edinburgh International Film Festival, the National Broadcast Archive of Wales at the National Library of Wales and Avid. These partners provide an excellent opportunity to network and liaise with those in the industry before graduation. You will benefit from access to The Screen and Sound Archive at the National Library of Wales, which houses a wide-ranging and unsurpassed collection of films, television programmes, videos, sound recordings and music relating to Wales and Welsh culture. Aberystwyth Arts Centre, situated on Penglais campus, is one of the largest Arts Centres in Wales, and regularly presents screenings, talks, masterclasses, exhibitions and film festivals. The National Library of Wales, which is located next to Penglais campus, houses the largest collection of photographic images relating to Wales, and holds a copy of all works published in the UK. Our School of Art Museum houses a vast collection of rare and original photographic prints that are used to inform our teaching. The School of Art at Aberystwyth University has been awarded Accredited Museum Status by Arts Council England. This demonstrates that its collection care and management are at the highest standard. Studying Photography and Film & Television Studies at Aberystwyth University will ensure that you develop specialist technical knowledge and first-hand practical skills in photographic and film production, while deepening your creative and cultural understanding of different media forms. The skills you acquire will afford you many career opportunities, including Broadcast engineer, Film director, Film/video editor, Documentary filmmaker, Sound technician, Television camera operator, Television floor manager, Television production coordinator, Magazine journalist, Newspaper journalist, Press photographer, Magazine features editor, Media researcher, Film/video editor, Graphic designer, and Web designer.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: [email protected]) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.

Additional entry requirements



A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Business, Mathematics, Psychology and Science degree schemes also require a minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent).

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedB
Cambridge English ProficiencyC
IELTS (Academic)6.5With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic62With minimum scores of 51 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)88With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
EU £16520 Year 1
International £16520 Year 1

Additional fee information

The UK and Welsh Governments have confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2021/22 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Fees for EU students will therefore be charged in line with international fees from 2021/22 onwards. Please note Irish nationals will continue to be eligible for home fee status and support by the Welsh Government under the Common Travel Area arrangement

Sponsorship information

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

Photography/Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University - UCAS