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BA/BA (Hons) Film and Media
You will 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 reflects 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 are well equipped for careers in the creative industries and beyond.
- 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 that 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.
About the course
On this course you will study film as an artistic and commercial enterprise, as well as various media institutions and the debates surrounding them. You will 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 such as 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 spend a semester in Year Three studying abroad with one of our exchange partners (subject to availability).
In Year Four you complete a written or production dissertation. Production dissertations can be in film, photography or screenwriting. You can choose a group production dissertation that adds another dimension if you want to specialise in a particular production role such as director, writer or editor.
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.
- Studying Cinema
- Media Analysis
- Studying Media and Communications
- Media and Communications Industries
- Media Production: Skills and Techniques
- Media Production: Video Project
- Film Genre Popular Media Cultures
- Disruption in the Media and Cultural Industries
- Media Production: Storytelling
- Media Production: Online Journalism
- Media Client Project
- Creative Entrepreneurship
- Global Film Cultures
- Media, Politics and Culture
- Developing a Research Project
- plus two options
- Modernity on Screen
- Film and Family
- plus three options
Years Three and Four options may include:
- Communicating in Organisational Settings
- Communication, Arts and Activism
- Experiential Learning Placement
- Film Festivals
- Global Journalism
- Photography and Visual Culture
- Photography Practice
- Playwriting 2
- Political Communication
- Popular Music
- Radio and Audio Media
- Reputation Issues and Crisis Management
- Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
- Scotland on Screen
- International PR
- Student Initiated Module
- Television Drama
- The American West in Popular Culture
- The Video Essay
- Video Production
- The Only Way is Ethics
The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. 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, and media production equipment, including a recently-upgraded film editing suite and dedicated production and photography area equipped with a green screen and on-site lighting equipment. You will be assessed in a wide array of ways across the course, including presentations, reflective diaries, blogs, videos, essays and some written exams.
In Year Three you have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, see Exchanges and Study Abroad.
On December 24th 2020, the UK Government announced that as an outcome of Brexit negotiations, the United Kingdom would not be seeking to participate in the Erasmus+ successor programme.
From 2022/23 Queen Margaret University will no longer operate under the Erasmus+ scheme. Over the coming year we will be working with new and existing partners on study abroad and exchange opportunities for the 2022/23 academic year and beyond.
You will graduate as a critical maker and consumer of media. You will 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.
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, see: www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and/or experience.
- 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
- 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.
Professional registration/ accreditation
Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables
For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.
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The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).
Teaching staff may be subject to change.