Aberystwyth University has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Whether you are interested in the moving image as an art form or an industry, our diverse degree in Film and Television Studies will give you the space to explore different technical and critical approaches in a creative environment. We offer specialist teaching on documentary film-making, fiction film-making, experimental film-making, multiplatform production, studio production, and scriptwriting, as well as art cinema, horror and cult cinema, Hollywood, gender studies, television aesthetics, digital cultures, and video games. Designed to equip students with a combination of practical skills, creative confidence, and critical awareness, this versatile course opens up multiple pathways into an exciting industry.
The Department of Theatre, Film & Television studies has superb facilities and resources for practical 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. Students also benefit from our close links with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest arts centers in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.
This course is taught through the combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops. Our teaching is frequently mixed-mode, interrogating theory through practical investigation and practice through the lens of various theoretical perspectives. You will be assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations, and group activities.
In your first year, you will explore:
Practical modules that develop skills in all stages of the production process: scriptwriting, shooting, directing and editing
Core introductory modules in the history of film, theory, and analysis of film and television
- A choice of optional modules: Movements in Film, History, studying communication, and studying media.
In your second year, you will have the opportunity to:
Develop skills in studio production, fiction film production, documentary filmmaking and writing for film and television
Gain knowledge and key critical skills in a range of complementary theoretical modules that span mainstream cinema, documentary filmmaking, art cinema, and contemporary issues in digital culture
- Increase your employability prospects and transferrable skills through the core work placement module.
In your third year you will be able to:
Specialise in documentary production, fiction film, experimental media or scriptwriting and build advanced skills in these areas
Study specialist subject areas that deal with contemporary film, histories of technology, experimental film, cult cinema, and television in the 20th Century
Embark on an independent research project, leading to a dissertation on a film and television-related topic of your choice
- Benefit from extensive support and guidance whatever pathway you decide on.
Many of our students have been successful in obtaining employment in these fields; Acting and performing; Directing; Designing; Scriptwriting; Teaching and education; Arts administration; Marketing; Management; Public Relations. One of our notable and esteemed alumni is Alex Jones who is currently the longest-running female presenter on the One Show. During her time at Aberystwyth University, Alex Jones studied Drama and Theatre Studies.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||96 - 120 points|
|A level||CCC - BBB|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM - MMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 - 26 points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
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@example.com) 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. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||62.0||With minimum scores of 51 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||With 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.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee 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 and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.
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Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622828
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622831
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)