Undergraduate

BA/BA (Hons) Film and Media

The camera may never lie, but what about the person holding the camera? The film and media that we create and consume reflect our individual identities, our local and national cultures and the political players on the global stage. Our film and media degree will help you examine these topics using rigorous academic discipline and practical production techniques.

On this highly respected vocational course you’ll learn how to research, design and construct costumes for performers of many kinds. You’ll work on live projects with renowned creative companies, and the course has a strong graduate employment record.

Why QMU?

  • Learn from staff with international film-making experience. Walid Salhab’s Kelpies film, for example, premièred in New York as part of Scotland Week.

  • Our Film and Media offers a unique opportunity to study the forces which shape the media, and gives you the practical skills to make a difference.

  • See your work on the big screen – a selection of students’ films are screened annually at an end-of-year show at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.

  • You’ll learn in our specialist on-campus facilities including digital editing suites.

 

 

About the course

On this course you’ll study film as an artistic and commercial enterprise, as well as various media institutions and the debates surrounding them. You’ll engage in deep critical thinking about culture, media and society as a whole.

You will also develop real-world technical skills in video and media production, teamwork, academic research, project management and a variety of forms of communication. Modules in the first two years will introduce you to key developments in film and media, and key concepts in film and media studies, including 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. You can choose a group production dissertation which adds another dimension if you want to specialise in a particular production role such as director, writer or editor.

 

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 each year as outlined.

 

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and in practical workshops. We have superb on-campus resources including a film editing suite and TV studio. You will be assessed in a wide array of ways across the course, including presentations, reflective diaries, blogs, videos, essays and some written exams. 

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Modules

Year One modules

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Media Industries
  • Narrative and Representation
  • Media Production 1
  • Media Consumption

Year Two modules

  • Film and Creativity
  • Media and Popular Culture
  • Film Genre
  • Media and Democracy
  • Media Production 2
  • Working in the Media

Year Three modules

  • Contemporary Hollywood, Media, Culture and Society and Research
  • Independent Research Project
  • plus three options (indicative options are listed under Year Four)

Year Four modules

  • 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

The modules listed here are correct at time of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019 following the next revalidation. Please check the website for any updates.

 

Placements

N/A

Exchange opportunities*

In Year Three you have the opportunity to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/exchanges-and-study-abroad/

*Subject to availability

Careers

You’ll graduate as a critical maker and consumer of media. You’ll be technically confident in the field, with rounded practical skills, and raring to succeed in the career of your choice. Our graduates are making names for themselves in film and television production, media research, PhD and academic research, public relations, marketing, advertising, arts and cultural management. Employers including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Channel 4, and the Leith Agency have snapped up their skills and attitude.

 

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBB

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.

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: See related Access courses. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and /or experience.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC: HNC in a related subject with B in the graded unit
  • Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher
  • A Level: BBB in relevant subjects

Year Three

  • HND in a related subject with CB in the graded units

 For details of related HNC and HND courses, see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications.

 

 

 

Associate student places

N/A

Professional registration/ accreditation

N/A

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year 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

Duration
3/4 years
Start Date
September 2019
Location
On campus
Study Abroad
Yes
School
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Division
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
P303

Engage with the Team

A Student Story - more at foot of page

Michael Grant - BA/BA (Hons) Film and Media "The most interesting part of the course was the film production modules... The film department was a great resource and allowed us to gain a lot of experience making films out with our course work." Read my story...