University of Winchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Winchester

Film and Media Studies

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Course summary

  • Explore the power of film and other modern media and gain a practical grounding for careers in the media industries
  • Study the impact of digital media and the convergence of old and new media
  • Deepen your understanding and enjoyment of film and develop your critical thinking as part of a lively community
  • Take advantage of outstanding industry-standard facilities to learn practical film techniques and skills at our on-campus Multimedia Centre
  • Experience different cultures and gain valuable life skills by studying abroad in the USA or Japan
Film is a powerful and accessible cultural form that opens up new worlds to us. Drawing on your intellect and imagination, our vibrant Film and Media Studies programme offers you the opportunity to gain an understanding of the developments in this major global industry and to critically examine central elements of Film Studies – production, reception, and textual functions – within the context of wider media history and culture. Through a variety of modules, you will learn transferable skills, creative thinking, and have opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to practical projects. You will explore the history and development of film as a medium, techniques of narrative and storytelling, genre and questions of taste, representation and identities, fans and audiences, and many other exciting areas. You are taught by a team of film specialists with different backgrounds, whose diverse research expertise is reflected in the breadth and scope of the curriculum. Year 1 introduces you to the academic study of the media, developing a broad understanding of key issues, concepts and debates in a variety of contexts. There is a particular focus on the impact of digital media and the convergence of old and new media. You will have the chance to apply this knowledge of theory and history in practical modules where you will develop digital technology skills. You will also take two dedicated Film Studies modules: Reading Film and Understanding Horror Film. In Year 2, you will take more Film Studies modules (Contemporary European Cinema and Science Fiction and Fantasy Film), as well as modules in media theory and research methodologies. The work placement module will help you start planning for your future career as a graduate. Your final year will include both Media and Film modules and a year-long Extended Independent Project that will allow you to demonstrate the full range of your knowledge and skills in a deep and sustained fashion. You will also study modules in Gothic Film, Community Media, Celebrity Culture, and Stars. A choice of optional modules in Years 2 and 3 include Exploring Teaching as a Career, Interrogating TV, Politics and the Media, and Documentary and Photojournalism. You will benefit from collaborating with fellow students from different programmes of study within the School of Media and Film in a friendly interdisciplinary learning environment. This will provide you with a wide range of knowledge and experience, which will give you an edge in your chosen graduate career.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16700 Year 1
International £16700 Year 1

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Film and Media Studies at University of Winchester - UCAS