BA/BA (Hons) Film and Media

You’ll learn practical production skills and have your critical thinking faculties sharpened to a fine point. This eclectic and inspiring course will give you the expertise to succeed in a variety of careers. 

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. Graduates will be well equipped for careers in the creative industries and beyond.

Why QMU?

  • Learn from staff with international film-making experience. Staff member Walid Salhab’s Kelpies film, for example, premièred in New York as part of Scotland Week.
  • Our BA/ BA (Hons) 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 
  • Students have access to the Business Innovation Zone and many of our students have gone on to create their own companies.

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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. You can also spend a Semester in Year Three studying abroad with one of our exchange partners. 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.

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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 in the following modules section.


Year One

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Media Analysis
  • Core Concepts in Media and Communications
  • Media and Cultural Industries
  • Media Production: Skills and Techniques
  • Media Production: Non-Fiction

Year Two 

  • Film Genre
  • Popular Media Cultures
  • Disruption and Innovation in the Media and Cultural Industries
  • Media Production: Storytelling
  • Media Production: Online Journalism
  • Media Client Project

Year Three

  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Global Film Cultures
  • Media, Politics and Culture
  • Developing a Research Project
  • plus two options

Year Four

  • Dissertation
  • Modernity on Screen
  • Film and Family
  • plus three options

Year Three and Four options may include:

  • Video Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Playwriting 2
  • Photography and Visual Culture
  • Television Drama
  • Storytelling in Convergent Media
  • The American West in Popular Culture
  • Video Essay
  • Scotland on Screen
  • Film Festivals
  • Problematic: Criticism, Culture and Social Justice
  • The Only Way is Ethics: Art, Participation and Ethics
  • Communication, Arts and Activism
  • Journalism and Global Change
  • Food, Film and Media

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021. Please check back here for any updates.

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.

Please see below for an idea of teaching, learning and assessment for this course for 2020 entry. 2021 information will be added when it is available. 

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Exchange opportunities

In Year Three you have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, see Excahnges and Study Abroad.

Please note that exchange opportunities are subject to availability. In addition, please note that where exchange opportunities are arranged in the EU, Erasmus+ funding is available for 2021/22 only.



You’ll graduate as a critical maker and consumer of media. You’ll be technically competent in the field, with rounded practical skills and ready 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: Standard - BBBB, Minimum - BBCC

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. English required and Maths preferred at Nat 5/ GCSE.

Mature/Access: Related Access course – www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and/or experience.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • 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.

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Professional registration/ accreditation


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 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

3/4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2021
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding

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Student Story

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