BA/BA (Hons) Film and Media

What is film and media ?

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.

About the Course

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.

Course Structure

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Advanced Entry:

Year 2

  • Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher
  • A Level: BBB in relevant subjects
  • HNC: HNC Communication with Media/ Advertising and Public Relations/ Social Sciences/ Creative Industries – TV with B in the graded unit

Year 3

  • HND: HND Media Analisis/ Media & Communication with CB in the graded units

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.


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

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.


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

Quick Facts

  • Graduates have gained employment with a variety of media and cultural organisations, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Filmhouse, 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 Kelpies film, for example, premiered in New York as part of Scotland Week.
  • Lecturer Walid Salhab’s Kinetic series of films have more than 6 million hits in total on YouTube.
  • Students’ films are exhibited annually at an end of year show at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.


Learning and Teaching

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.

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Study Abroad

You have the opportunity to apply for a semester of international study in Year Three.


Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

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.


Course Overview

3/4 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding
P303 BA/FilM

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