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Film and Media Studies (with placement year)

BA (Hons)
Entry requirements: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: P307
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Overview

Our four-year, full-time Film and Media Studies sandwich degree will give you the skills and industry experience you need to launch a career in film and television production.

The programme is flexible, allowing you to tailor your studies to your particular areas of interest, or career aspirations.

You’ll learn fundamental film and media theories and practical production techniques.

You will examine social and cultural contexts of communication, and have the opportunity to engage with emerging areas of film and media studies and research including:

  • media archaeologies
  • social media studies
  • alternative media

In your third year you can take a year’s placement in industry - an invaluable way to gain practical experience and build contacts.

On graduation you’ll have built a creative portfolio, and be equipped for a career in areas including:

  • studio and location management
  • production management
  • producing and directing
  • camera, sound or lighting
  • scriptwriting
  • editing
  • research

Showcase

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

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"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?

The world’s first UNESCO City of Film, Bradford is at the heart of British film making. The UNESCO City of Film offices are based on campus, at the School of Media, Design and Technology. This gives our students unique opportunities to get involved in their events and initiatives, and to produce content for City of Film.

Bradford is the home of the National Science and Media Museum. We have a long-established partnership with the museum, giving you privileged access to the museum’s collections, exhibitions, industry events, film programmes and festivals. Just five minutes’ walk away from the University, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in film and media.

You’ll be surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside the UK has to offer, including Bronte country, the Lake District and the Peak District. This means plenty of amazing locations to shoot film, practice time lapses or just gain inspiration and reflect – all a quick bus or train journey away.

We have outstanding film and media facilities, including on-site specialist video production, photography and digital design facilities.

You’ll learn in our industry standard TV Outside Broadcasting Truck and television studio, and benefit from the wide range of media resources held within the University's library collections.

Our in-house production company, the Digital Media Working Academy, gives you the opportunity to undertake professional-style production projects as part of your studies, developing your creative industrial experience.

Our partnership with the BBC gives students the chance to do work experience with the corporation, and as a result a number of our graduates have been able to start their careers at the BBC.

You’ll also be able to engage with a wide range of extra-curricular production opportunities, working with organisations such as:

  • BBC
  • Bradford City Football Club
  • Bradford Bulls Rugby League Club
  • Great Central Railway
  • Bradford City of Film

Rankings

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.

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

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.

 

Modules

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
Soundscapescore
Factual Productionoption
Hollywood and Societyoption
Year 4
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.

Study Abroad

All students have the opportunity to study abroad at an international partner institution.

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 programme prepares you for a career in film and television production in disciplines such as:

  • Research
  • content creation
  • scriptwriting
  • camera, sound and lighting
  • editing
  • studio and location management
  • production management
  • producing and directing

You will also be able to continue your studies on our Master's course in Digital Filmmaking. Graduates have also gone into teaching and academic research. Our graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas for organisations including BBC, Sky, ITV, Thames Television, Channel Four, HBO, Endemol, The National Science and Media Museum, Warner Brothers, MGM, True North Productions, MTV

Our graduates have worked on hit TV shows and movies including Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Big Brother, Emmerdale, Happy Valley, BBC Look North, BBC Reporting Scotland, War Horse, The King's Speech, The Theory of Everything, Skyfall, the Harry Potter films

Salary expectations

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

Study Support

A comprehensive support network is here for you to ensure you reach your academic potential and go on to further success in the future.

You’ll benefit from a range of support services, including:

Facilities

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

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £16,970
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700

* 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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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.