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BA/BA (Hons) Film and Media

UCAS Code: P303 BA/Film

Duration: 3/4 years

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Film and media are central to individual identities, local and national cultures and to globalised political and economic spheres. The film and media degree examines these topics from the perspective of the academic disciplines of film studies and media studies.

This course focuses on the critical study of the film and media industries and their products and enables you to enter a variety of careers.

The course offers you the opportunity to study in-depth film as an artistic and commercial enterprise, as well as various media institutions and the debates surrounding them. It develops your critical understanding of the growth of the media industries, historically and globally, and the centrality of film to popular cultures. You will acquire and develop skills in video and media production, teamwork, academic research, project management and a variety of forms of communication. Many of these skills will be transferable to your career after graduation.

In the first two years you will study a range of modules which will introduce you to key developments in film and media, and key concepts in film and media studies - eg developments like the emergence of cinema and the establishment of national broadcasting systems, and concepts like narrative, popular culture and citizenship.

In Years Three and Four you choose specialist film and media options in, for example, television drama, screenwriting, and photography. In Year Four you complete a written or production dissertation. Production dissertations can be in video, photography or screenwriting.

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (Mar 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.

You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year and a dissertation in Year Four.

Special Information for EU Applicants

The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.

  • Graduates have gained employment with a variety of media and cultural organisations, including the Edinburgh Filmhouse and the Edinburgh Film Festival, Channel 4, and the Leith Agency.

  • Students on the Film and Media Programme’s module 'Working in the media', in association with the South East Scottish Cancer Research Network, recently produced a film and audio-visual presentation to help launch a new patient awareness campaign in Edinburgh.

  • Students working on the same module produced a promotional video for Clifton Hall School which has received more than 11,500 hits on YouTube.

  • Staff have presented films and academic papers at festivals and conferences across the world. Walid Salhab’s Kelpie film, for example, premiered in New York as part of Scotland Week.

  • Students’ films are exhibited annually at an end of year show at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.

  • Each 20 credit module has a notional 200 hours of learning achieved through class contact time in lectures, seminars and workshops, directed learning and independent study. A student usually takes six modules each year.

  • Year One: Introduction to Film Studies/ Introduction to Media Studies/ Media Industries/ Narrative and Representation/ Media Production 1/ Media Consumption

    Year Two: Film and Creativity/ Media and Popular Culture/ Film Genre/ Media and Democracy/ Media Production 2/ Working in the Media

    Year Three: Contemporary Hollywood, Media, Culture and Society and Researching Documentary/ , plus three options (indicative options are listed under Year Four, below)

    Year Four: Modernity on Screen/ Dissertation/ plus three options from: Video Production/ Screenwriting/ Media Events/ New Enterprise Creation/ Playwriting 2/ Creative Entrepreneurship/ Photography & Visual Culture/ Film and the Family/ Popular Music/ Photography Practice/ Storytelling in Convergent Media/ Television Drama/ Experiential Learning

    Scottish Higher: BBBB

    A Level: BCC

    Irish Leaving Certificate: H2, H2, H3, H3

    International Baccalaureate: 28 points

    Required Subjects: English, Media Studies, or Film Studies preferred at Higher/A level or equivalent. Maths and English at S/Int2/N5/GCSE level are preferred.

    Mature/Access: Access to Humanities/ Arts/ Business/ Social Sciences/ Film and Television or some Digital Media courses. Applications welcomed from mature students with relevant qualifications/ experience.

    Other: Advanced Entry: Year 2 - Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher. A Level: BBB in relevant subjects. Year 2 - HNC Communication with Media/ Advertising and Public Relations/ Creative Industries - TV with B in the graded unit. Year 3 - HND Media Analisis/ Media & Communication with CB in the graded units.

    International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.

    Possible areas of graduate employment include film and television production, media research, PhD and academic research, public relations, marketing, advertising, arts and cultural management.

    Agata Jagodzinska
    BA (Hons) Media

    "I did an HND in Advertising and Public Relations at college and, although it was a great experience, it still left me searching for my dream job so I decided to go to university to do a media degree to open up my career options. QMU was the friendliest university I visited and the modern campus was really impressive. I just couldn’t choose anywhere else.

    The HND enabled me to go straight into the third year of the media course at QMU and in my first week I wished I had come to university earlier.

    Studying media was very interesting and we covered lots of aspects of the subject. I really enjoyed the practical side of the course, especially video production, but I also enjoyed the scriptwriting classes. I got a great deal of support, advice and guidance from the lecturers in these areas and I owe my BAFTA success to them - I was awarded ‘Best Writer’ at the BAFTA in Scotland New Talent Awards 2012 for my short film ‘Secret of Confession’, which was also nominated in the ‘Best Short Film’ category.

    Since graduating, I have set up a video production company, Raw Film Productions, with a fellow graduate which is based in the QMU Business Innovation Zone. We have already worked on a variety of different projects and some of our clients include The Royal & Ancient Golf Association, NHS, Perth and Kinross Council and Scottish
    Business Awards. In the first year, the company secured some very promising contracts and as an example of one, we went to Canada to film a documentary for one of our regular clients. I am also working part-time in The Scottish Documentary Institute as a production assistant to help with the outreach of their feature films and to gain more
    experience working in the industry.

    I would definitely recommend QMU as a place to study. It’s a great environment to be in and for those who are interested, it has endless opportunities."

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