School of Creative Studies and Media

Film Studies BA (Hons)

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Course facts

  • UCAS code: W620
  • Bangor code: BA/FLM
  • Course length: 3 years

Our Film Studies degree combines critical and creative work and practice, depending on your interests and career plans. At Bangor, we are committed to teaching in small groups and to the majority of our modules being delivered through weekly workshops and seminars.

Lecturers who teach on the Film Studies degree have a range of interests including American Cinema, British and European film, Japanese and other world cinemas, gender, visual culture, film analysis, the body and film, film and history, digital technology and film, scriptwriting and screenwriting, film-making, media and film in Wales, acting and performing, language and film, blogging and podcasting, computer games and film, film stars and film on television. Our Film Studies lecturers have recently written books and articles on topics such as Cult Film, American Culture and Film, Cinema and Medicine, Jewish Film, Surrealist Film, Cinema and Landscape, Japanese Cinema, Australian Film, and the new technologies of film viewing.

Entry requirements

  • 260-300 points
  • We consider mature students with non-standard qualifications.

Career Prospects

Our graduates work in the film, media and creative industries, in teaching, in arts development, in film programming, filmmaking and scheduling, and in other fields where their developed visual sense and ability to engage critically and creatively with film is seen to be of considerable importance. Several graduates each year go on to develop their work further with us through a period of postgraduate study, where once again the School uniquely offers a combination of critical and creative approaches to the study of film and film practice.

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

Film Studies at Bangor offers a balance of practical and analytical tasks. Media Practice modules concentrate on three key areas: studio production, single camera filming and editing, and radio production. Practical modules will be assessed both on practical output and on the individual's ability to reflect critically on their practice. Modules on film theory, film and culture, visual culture, analysing film and documentary are assessed by exam and assignment and frequently also offer the opportunity to submit practical work as an element of assessment. As you progress through the degree, much of your study will be done in small teaching groups with an emphasis on learning both group work skills and the ability to carry a piece of work through yourself from initial concept to completion.

What will I study?

Modules you might take include:

Year 1

  • Creative Practice
  • Creating Narratives
  • Moving Image
  • Digital Communication
  • Introduction to Media Practice
  • Development of Moving Image
  • VC1: Seeing the World

Year 2

  • Film Theory/Film Culture
  • Topics in World Cinema
  • Cultural Economy of the Media
  • History and Development of Journalism
  • Media Practice and Theory
  • Storytelling: Theory and Craft
  • Research and Practice/Methods
  • Media Practice: Factual
  • British Cinema

Year 3

  • Visual Culture 3: Race and Gender
  • Adapting for Film and Media
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Authorship
  • Dissertation
  • Final Year Group Project
  • Short Film Pre-production
  • Short film Production
  • British Cinema

Modules for the 2014–15 academic year:

Year 1 Modules

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Optional Modules

100 credits from:

Year 3 Modules

Programme Specification

  • The School of Creative Studies and Media is unique in its close integration of critical and theoretical approaches with hands-on creative practice. Students in the School have the opportunity at all levels to combine a study of their chosen field with practice-based outcomes such as writing, performance, and media/digital media production.
  • The School specialises in a number of key areas: Professional Writing and Journalism; Media and Digital Communication; Film Studies; Performance Studies; Creative and Media Practice. The School has research interests in all areas of Film Studies, with research programmes running in several key areas.
  • We have excellent links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry.
  • Many members of staff in the School are practising professionals and consultants.
  • The School has a fully-equipped media centre with editing suites, production studios, media and digital media equipment.
  • Bangor is the site for a range of Creative Industries conferences, video conferences and events.

Contact us:

Please contact:

Dr Stephanie Marriott
School of Creative Studies and Media
Tel: 01248 388591 / 01248 383207

Other Courses related to Film Studies

You can study Film Studies as a Joint Honours Degree with Creative Writing. English Language, English Literature, French, German, History, Italian, Music, Spanish (see Single or Joint Honours for explanation).

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