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Film and Media

Entry requirements


96 UCAS Points from a minimum of 2 A Levels.

UCAS Tariff Points accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

96 UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted.

UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted. UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted.

UCAS Tariff

96

From a minimum of 2 A Levels.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Film studies

Combine film and media theory with practical skills including film-making, animation and digital publishing on our Film and Media degree in Cambridge.

Our BA (Hons) Film and Media degree will introduce you to the key issues debates in film and media from feminism and postmodernism to the impact of film, television, music and the media on society, including politics, youth culture and technology.

You’ll also create your own short films in video, animation or 16mm format. Working in our professional TV and film studios, you’ll be trained in all aspects of the craft, including camera operation, sound recording and editing. You’ll also be able to focus on particular areas of interest, including digital publishing (building apps), radio production, screenwriting and computer coding.

As a Film and Media student at ARU, you’ll learn the language of film from the perspective of a film-maker, and use this to inform your own short films. You’ll also explore current issues around our data-driven society through modules in digital media theory, law, culture and technology, and use this knowledge in the production of apps, podcasts or online platforms.

You’ll also have the opportunity to carry out a work placement, or produce a commissioned product, in the area of your choice as you prepare for a career in film- and media-related roles, including production, post-production, digital content creation and journalism.

Throughout your BA (Hons) Film and Media degree, you’ll be supported by our team of expert lecturers and a close-knit community of students and graduates.

In your final year, your moving image work will be screened at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. The best films will also be selected for showing at the annual Cambridge Film Festival.

Our links with local and national organisation will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies including the BBC, Cannes Film Festival, Sight and Sound magazine, MTV, and Zenith Productions.
As a student at ARU you’ll have use of a fully-equipped HD multi-camera TV studio includes multi-purpose scenic backdrops, suitable for current affairs, drama and magazine programmes; a film studio featuring overhead lighting, tracks, dollies, green screens, and flats; a full range of HD cameras, as well as Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film cameras, and sound-recording equipment for location filming; the complete Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, including Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects.

Our BA (Hons) Film and Media degree will help you prepare for many film and media-related roles, including film and television production and post-production, film journalism, cinema and film festival management, film programming and curation, publishing, broadcasting, web design and public relations.

Throughout the course you’ll benefit from extra-curricular events such as Cambridge Film Festival and our Campus Cinema events; regular field trips, such as to the BFI and Tate Modern; guest lectures, with recent speakers including Larry Sider, William Raban, Margaret Salmon, Guy Sherwin and Jayne Parker; events offered through our student-led film societies; the chance to join Cam FM, a student-run radio station with studios on our campus and at Cambridge’s famous Fitzwilliam Museum.

We’re an official Blackmagic Design training partner, which means you can get certification in their DaVinci Resolve video editing software.
What’s more, you can choose to study abroad as part of your course, and get funding to cover the cost.

You might also decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our MA Film and Television Production. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Film Language and Concepts
Creative Moving Image
Sound, Text, Image
Theorising Popular Culture

Year one, optional modules

Introduction to Television Studies
Introduction to Filmmaking: Super 8mm

Year two, core modules

Theorising Spectatorship
Classical Hollywood Cinema
Teenage Kicks: Youth Culture and Media
Online Journalism

Year two, optional modules

Documentary Film Theory
Television Genre
Digital Media Theory: Social Media, AI, and the Cultures of the Internet
Photography
Non-Fiction Filmmaking
Creative Media Practice Process
Creative Media Practice Themes
16mm Filmmaking
Independent Cinema: US and Beyond
Cinema and Sound

Year three, core modules

Major Project in Film Practice

or

Major Project in Creative Media Practice
Sound and Vision: Music and Media
Multiplexed: Contemporary Popular Cinema

Year three, optional modules

Special Topics in Film Studies
'Fake News', Media Law and Social Conflict
Cultural Politics of Celebrity
Contemporary Television
Experiments in Film and Moving Image
Narrative in Global Cinema
Digital Publishing
Experimental Cinema

Optional modules available all years

Anglia Language Programme

Assessment methods

You’ll show your progress through many different methods that reflect the range of skills required by employers. Your assignments might include case studies, critical essays, screenplays, journals, film reviews and analyses, presentations, and a portfolio of practical work, as well as ‘hands on’ assignments such as internet, print and video production / commissions.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Cambridge School of Creative Industries

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
med
Film studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

64%
UK students
36%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
19%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Media, journalism and communications

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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