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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 post-degree careers.

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 - developments, for example, 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 here are correct as of April 2016, but may differ slightly to those offered in 2017. We will add any updates to this page if necessary.

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.

  • 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 World Cinema, plus three options (indicative options are listed under Year Four, below)

    Year Four: Modernity on Screen/ Dissertation/ plus three options from: Video Production/ Arts Journalism/ 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: Pre 2017: BBBB
    2017 onwards: 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.

    Steven Braxton

    BA (Hons) Film and Media

    I left school at 16 and joined the Forces for five years as a Junior Officer. After I left, I travelled across Europe, but soon realised that it was time to get a career. I had always been interested in the areas of media, film and photography and would have liked to work in that industry in some shape or form. I wanted to study in Edinburgh as it’s so multi-cultural and I found that QMU had the course that I was interested in. QMU also allowed me the opportunity to study for a degree without having the traditional entry requirements.

    I really enjoyed the course. Years One and Two enabled me to get a grounding in the subject area as a whole and establish what I was best at. In Years Three and Four, I concentrated on practical film production and that’s the career path I have finally taken. After I left QMU, I went on to do a

    MA in Advanced Film Practice, as well as starting a freelance film business ‘Braxtonimage’- which takes on corporate work for profit-making companies and creative documentary projects. To date, I have compiled films for Edinburgh Festival, CH4’s Baby Cow Productions, T in the Park & Triptich Music Festivals. I have done presenter film work with Steven K Amos, Brit Ekland & Michael Barrymore. I’m presently working on two creative projects: a documentary with comedian Phil Kay and a documentary film on P.T.S.D. I now want to progress my business and it would be good to nail down a substantial commission for a larger feature film project. My passion is creative documentary and presenter work but in order to pursue this you have to take on corporate projects to sustain yourself, so it’s always a juggling act between the two.

    On the whole, I had a fantastic time at QMU and I have definitely used the skills that I learnt there - they are what I call upon most in my current job.

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