This course is still open for entry in September 2024 – please visit our Clearing and Late Application page.


Film and Media - BA (Hons)

Our eclectic and inspiring BA (Hons) in Film and Media course will give you the expertise to succeed in a variety of careers. You will learn practical filmmaking skills and have your critical thinking faculties sharpened to a fine point, through innovative teaching and learning approaches which foster resilient and collaborative working.

Film and moving images, within the wider media and cultural industries, play a central role in our contemporary experiences of the world. Our sense of who we are, and how we think about other peoples and cultures, is shaped by film and moving image media. Our course offers you the opportunity to examine this influence through creative practice and critical thinking. We will help you develop research and thinking skills to help you move beyond the obvious, and filmmaking and other creative skills to help you stand out amongst the crowd. Graduates are well equipped for careers in the creative industries and beyond.

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Why QMU?

  • Preparing you for your career: The course offers a unique opportunity to study the forces that shape film and media, alongside giving you the practical skills to make a difference, and work-based learning opportunities so you can put your skills and knowledge to test while you study.
  • See your work on the 'big screen': a selection of students’ final year films are screened annually at an end-of-year show at a cinema in central Edinburgh, with additional annual awards ceremonies and screenings on campus for work across all four years
  • Great facilities for learning and teaching: You’ll learn in our specialist on-campus facilities including digital editing suitesfrom award winning filmmakers, internationally renowned film and media scholars and guest speakers from the Scottish and Global film industries, such as Rosie Crerar (Barry Crerar), Stephen Greenhorn (Sunshine on Leith), Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling) and Mark Cousins (Women Make Films).
  • Hone your entrepreneurial skills: Students have access to the University's Business Innovation Zone and many of our students have gone on to create their own production companies, including Naka Media and Raw Film Productions. 
  • Collaborate with creative peers: Film and Media students work closely with students on other courses, including Creative and Cultural Industries, Theatre and Film, Drama, Costume Design and Construction and Acting for Stage and Screen, so you are part of a vibrant creative network.
  • High ranking: QMU is ranked in the top 6 of Scottish higher education institutions for Media in the Guardian University Guide 2024.

Film and Media - BA (Hons): The course in brief

On this course you will:

  • study film from artistic, cultural and industry perspectives, 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; and
  • develop real-world technical skills in film and media production, teamwork, academic research, project management and a variety of forms of communication.

How will I be taught?


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, 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 video essays) and some written exams.

Exchange opportunities

In Year Three you have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas. Please visit the Exchanges and Study Abroad pages for more information.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.

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

What will I learn each year?

Year One

You will:

  • be introduced to 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;
  • learn the basic principles of filmmaking, in terms of editing, framing, composition, lighting and story; and
  • participate in our annual student film competition, the Silver Swans, where we screen a selection of the best student films and award prizes.


  • Studying Cinema
  • Media Analysis
  • Film Histories
  • Media and Communications Industries
  • Media Production: Skills and Techniques
  • Media Production: Video Project

Year Two

You will:

  • develop your knowledge and understanding of film and media studies, thinking more critically about the film and media we produce and consume;
  • strengthen your film and media production skills and develop more complex stories on film and in media; and
  • apply your skills to real-world situations with our ‘Virtual Client Project’ module, where you will pitch and complete a media project for a business or charity.


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

Year Three

You will:

  • learn important research skills to prepare you for Year Four and life beyond University;
  • develop a plan for your post-University creative career and understand working in the creative industries;
  • choose specialist film and media options in, for example, the video essay, screenwriting, filmmaking and photography; and
  • have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, visit Exchanges and Study Abroad.


  • Working in the Film, Media and Communication Sectors
  • Global Film Cultures
  • Media, Politics and Culture
  • Designing a Research Project
  • plus two electives

Year Four

You will:

  • choose further specialist film and media options in, for example,  the video essay, screenwriting, filmmaking and photography; and 
  • complete a written or creative practice dissertation. Creative practice dissertations can be in film, photography, screenwriting or a video essay. You can choose a group filmmaking dissertation that adds another dimension if you want to specialise in a particular production role such as director, writer or editor.


  • Dissertation
  • Modernity on Screen
  • plus three electives

Year Three and Four electives may include:

  • Communication, Arts and Activism
  • Experiential Learning Placement
  • Film and the Family
  • Film Festivals
  • Photography and Visual Culture
  • Photography Practice
  • Playwriting
  • Playwriting 2
  • Popular Music
  • Radio and Audio Media
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
  • Screenwriting
  • Student Initiated Module
  • The Only Way is Ethics
  • The Video Essay
  • Video Production

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of last update (June 2023) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2024. Please check back here for any updates.

Career opportunities

You will graduate as a critical maker and consumer of film and 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, , Channel 4 and the Leith Agency have snapped up their skills and attitude.

Film and Media - BA (Hons): Entry requirements and application information

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. We can also accept National 5 Application of Maths or Lifeskills at the same grade.

Am I a Widening Access student?: We apply the minimum entry criteria to applicants who meet one or more contextual factor. To see if this would apply to you, please refer to the access and application page.

Mature/Access: We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and/or experience. Visit our College Leavers and Mature Students Advice page for more information. 

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, visit our College Leavers and Mature Students Advice page

Disability/health conditions

If you have a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or learning disability, it should not stand in the way of your studying at QMU. However, if you are not sure whether your disability might be a barrier in your studies or in relation to the professional standards, please contact the disability service who will be able to have a conversation with you about reasonable adjustments and supports available to you.

Terms and Conditions

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2024/25 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

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Course Overview

3 or 4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2024
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding
SCQF Level

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David Blomquist My modules allowed me to work with clients on certain projects, and we learned everything from pitching them a concept to delivering the final product. After graduation, I started working with clients on various projects, and the knowledge I gained from that experience came in handy.

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