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Why study Film?

Want to turn that film that’s in your head into a reality? Our school will provide you with all the tools you need.

We offer an exciting range of degrees and modules that will give you a theoretical and practical tools needed to put your vision into practice. The school is home to a dynamic and vibrant community of professionals and students who want to make and study films.

The department is fully kitted out with the latest facilities, including cameras, full lighting and sound equipment, digital video edit suites running Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express on Apple Macs, and a cinema space with professional theatre lighting facilities for rehearsal and performance work.

At our Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, you will benefit from a world-class facility to watch and even screen your own films. Every year, our filmmaking students showcase their productions to a paying audience. Working with the cinema coordinator, you will also have the opportunity to suggest and curate your own film evenings. Every year the university film society and students from the School of Music and Media curate their own film festival open to the public and industry invitees.

The School of Media and Music of which our Film Studies Programme is a part, is a member of MeCCSA, NAHEMI (National Association of Higher Education in Moving Image) and has formal partnerships with BAFTA.

The 2015/16 academic year saw the opening of a brand new arts and innovation centre, Pontio, which includes a 200-seater cinema.

The broad range of other subjects studied at the school, including screenwriting, performance, music and sound, and journalism, means that you’ll never be short of actors, scriptwriters, musicians and critics to aid you, or publicise your magnum opus!

A career in Film

You will have exceptional employment prospects. Every year approximately 90% of film studies graduates find employment or undertake further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education). Bangor film graduates work in the development and production of feature films and television, with credits like HBO (Watchmen Series), Doctor Dolittle, BBC, SKY, ITV, S4C, Channel 4 and international independent productions.

Our graduates’ work has been recognised by awards from BAFTA and the Royal Television Society and has screened at world-class festivals, secured development from the BFI and BAFTA, and been published in titles like DETAILS, The Guardian. Student placements have included BBC, S4C, International Feature Films, Wales International Documentary Festival, Sheffield Documentary Festival, and Llangollen International Festival.

You will gain practical involvement and experience with organising events, including screenings., film festivals and special events. These bring together academic scholars and industry professionals with students. Recent examples include 50 Years of the New Wave 2001: Beyond 50, the only event of its kind in the UK to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this groundbreaking film and which played host to a range of people who worked on the film. Alien at 40 celebrated another remarkable movie, including those who designed its unforgettable special effects.

Jan Harlan, Stanley Kubrick’s brother-in-law and producer regularly visits to Bangor to lecture and teach. We work very closely with The Kubrick Estate and the Kubrick Archive. We have collaborated with Festival No. 6.  In conjunction with BAFTA, we will host Keeping Faith & Film Composer Samuel Sim.

Studying Film

Your Bangor Film Studies degree programme will be flexible. Your course will uniquely balance subject breadth with opportunities to specialise in film history, theory, screenwriting, film music or film production.

The school of Music and Media is also home to expertise in related subject areas, including composition for film and television, music, theatre and performance, journalism and video game design, meaning that you can combine multiple passions and choose your own pathway.
 
In your first year, you will be introduced to the essential concepts and ideas needed to study film at degree level. In Film History, you will learn about the ways in which the medium has developed technologically.

In Film Language, you will learn the skills necessary to analyse the film image in detail. In Film Criticism, you will learn about the fierce debates that have occurred about what’s constitutes the medium’s great works.

You will have the opportunity to learn about screenwriting and filmmaking, as well as to produce your own screenplays and short films.
 
In your second and third years you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules accordingly to your own interests:

  • Learn about what goes into the marketing and distribution of film and the way the industry has developed
  • Study closely films of renowned director Stanley Kubrick with one of the world’s leading scholars in the subject
  • Think about the ways American history has been imagined on screen, or debate the ways in which cinema has engaged in debates about race, gender and politics.

There are opportunities to study films from all over the world, from a variety of different perspectives: aesthetics, politics, history, industry.
 
You can also explore, in more depth, your creative abilities in screenwriting, film production and performance, submitting a piece of creative work as your final assessment.

You will benefit from high-quality teaching, guided by the world-acclaimed expertise of staff who are not only leading academics in their fields, but are also practicing professionals, many of whom have come from the industry.

Film Staff

Professor Nathan Abrams lectures, write and broadcast widely (in English and Welsh) on UK and American popular culture, history film and intellectual culture. He co-founded Jewish Film and New Media: An International Journal and is a world-leading expert on the films of Stanley Kubrick. He teaches modules on Stanley Kubrick: Auteur, America on Film, and Film History.

Jo Wright is a filmmaker and creative producer, working in Wales and internationally.
She works with documentary film, photography, sound and archive collections, often working in collaboration with communities to produce projects that re-examine established narratives. Her work has been screened internationally, including at the Institute for Contemporary Art, The British Film Institute, British Council, Channel 4 and BBC.  She teaches filmmaking.

A Location to Film

Nestled in a breath-taking location between the Snowdonia National Park and the Irish Sea, Bangor is one of the UK’s most inspirational locations to study film. Bangor is ‘the best university setting in the UK’ according to The Independent’s A-Z of Universities.

Bangor’s location is so inspiring that it has brought HBO, Netflix, the BBC, S4C and a host of a major film companies to shoot here. Recent productions include Watchmen at Penrhyn Castle or The Crown in Caernarfon Castle.

As a student, you can take advantage of these major productions to learn valuable skills, or even be a paid extra, as well as use these locations to shoot your own productions.

The Film Studies programme is situated at the heart of the University campus, right next door to the BBC Wales Studios in Bangor. It offers a close-knit and friendly community atmosphere for students, alongside the bustle of cafes, shops and city life, as well as the beautiful scenery.

You are also less than two hours from Liverpool and Manchester, as well as their airports, and enjoy excellent direct train services to London, Birmingham and Cardiff, with the fast ferry to Dublin just half an hour away.

You will study in a creative atmosphere, working closely with world leading scholars and  practising industry professionals and consultants, in a dynamic, friendly and professional learning environment.
 
We have an award-winning radio station, Storm FM, as well as extremely successful clubs and societies in areas such as film making, games and drama, as well as two student newspapers.

Film students play an active role in these societies, with the activities mainly located within the school.

The compact and well-appointed nature of the university campus allows a great deal of cross-disciplinary co-operation with other schools, and this has proved to be extremely beneficial to our Film students, as well as students from the other schools.

 

Studying for an undergraduate degree in the School is a rich and stimulating activity. The emphasis here is on creative exploration and critical understanding.

If you choose practical modules, we have specialist resources to support media production work.

As well as our extensive loans service for equipment such as digital recorders, video cameras, stills cameras and more, we have a range of industry-standard facilities:

Digital video edit suites running Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express on Apple Macs Professionally equipped Radio studio

  • Audio editing suites running Adobe Audition
  • Auditoriums
  •  Cinema Space with Dolby Surround Sound
  • John Phillips Hall with a large performance space with professional theatre lighting facilities for rehearsal and performance work
  • Professional equipment and computing facilities
  • Video and Radio kits for use on location work in the field of radio and TV
  • Multi-media computer room

All these facilities are available to you in addition to the University resources which you have access to as one of our students.

Our new multi-million pound Pontio centre is a major social hub for students as well as an international centre for learning, innovation and the performing arts.