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Film and Media Studies

BA (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: P306
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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On this course you will be introduced to fundamental film and media theories and practical production techniques to develop an integrated range of knowledge, understanding and skills to be a highly trained practitioner of film and media. You will learn how to generate and develop ideas and adopt a creative approach to your studies. You will examine social and cultural contexts and be exposed to opportunities to engage with emerging areas of film and media studies and research, including; media archaeologies, social media studies and alternative media.

In the second and third years there are a range of options to enable you to develop your own areas of interest and expertise. Between the second and third year you can also take a year out to study abroad at a partner university or to do a placement year working in industry if you choose to study our four year course.


See examples of work produced by our Film and Media students.


"The University of Bradford is a great launchpad to help start your career. It helped me gain confidence, achieve great results and also learn more about myself before I started my career. My degree gave me an insight into the media industry. It also helped me realise what my strengths and weaknesses were so I knew which area of the industry I wanted to pursue.”

Media Studies graduate - now at BBC Asian Network

Why Bradford?

You will have access to the National Media Museum's extensive archives and resources, and on-site specialist video production, photography and digital design facilities, including our full-scale HDTV Outside Broadcasting Truck and television studio, plus a range of media resources held within the University's extensive library collections.

Students can undertake professional-style production projects as part of their course that replicate the creative industrial experience.

And this course gives you the opportunity to spend 12 months in appropriate employment.

There are also opportunities to study overseas at a partner university through one of our international exchange programmes.


Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM - there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS tariff of 112. There are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Creativity and Imaginationcore
Film Narrative and Genrecore
Institutions and Audiencescore
Moving Image Productioncore
Reading the Screencore
Screen Criticismcore
Year 2
British Film and Television Fictionscore
International Mediacore
Media Archaeologies core
Social Mediacore
Factual Productionoption
Hollywood and Societyoption
Year 3
Dissertation Preparation core
Dissertation Write Upcore
Professional Industry Profilecore
Alternative Film and Mediaoption
Experimental Filmmaking option
Practices of Representation option
World Cinemaoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

82% of our 2015 graduates in film and media found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

This course will prepare you for a career in film and television production in research, content creation, scriptwriting, camera, sound, lighting, editing, studio and location management, production management, producing and directing or you may prefer to continue your studies on our Master's course in Digital Filmmaking. Graduates have also gone into teacher training.

Our graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas for organisations including the BBC, Sky, ITV, Thames Television, Channel Four, Home Box Office, Endemol, the National Media Museum, Warner Brothers, MGM, True North Productions, MTV and many others. Our graduates have worked on hit TV shows including Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Big Brother, Emmerdale, BBC Look North and BBC Reporting Scotland as well as blockbuster movies including War Horse, The King's Speech, The Theory of Everything, Skyfall and all of the Harry Potter films.

87.5% of our 2014 Film and Media graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Over the last five years our post-graduate employment and study rates have been considerably better than the national average for film and media studies courses in the UK.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 graduates in the School of Media, Design and Technology was £19,929.


Production facilities include HD video and broadcast TV cameras, broadcast TV studio, Outside Broadcast Truck, lighting rigs, track and dolly, jib arm crane, Steadicam, audio recording studio, photography studio, digital stills cameras, digital printers, Macs and PCs with Adobe Creative Suite and industry standard editing software. Equipment is free for students to use and small budgets are provided for project work.

All course books, journals and online resources are provided in the library.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £16,970

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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