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University of Reading

Film & Television

UCAS Code: W600

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120-141

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Cinematics

Blend practical work with the theoretical study of film from the late nineteenth century to the modern day, including world cinema, avant-garde and experimental filmmaking. Explore the cinema of classical and contemporary Hollywood, together with new forms of digital entertainment and video art. We are ranked 5th in the UK for film production and photography (Guardian University Guide, 2018).

You will have the opportunity to combine the study of ground-breaking theory with practical application, using our purpose-built £11m facilities that feature three theatre spaces, a multi-camera film and TV studio, a digital cinema, and dedicated recording studio and mixing suite. You can also investigate television from its origins in the mid-twentieth century to contemporary engagements with new media and digital platforms, from soap opera to sitcom to sci-fi, exploring questions of authorship, genre and audience.

The focus is on your development into a critically informed filmmaker. You will gain academic knowledge and practical skills, with opportunities to collaborate on films and television programmes in the final two years. You will also be trained in a range of creative techniques, such as editing, sound and lighting design, and television studio production.

Watch, interpret and debate a wide range of film and television, including documentary, Soviet cinema and the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and build up a strong foundational knowledge of, and appreciation for, how stories and images work. Learn key production and post-production skills, and start to explore what it means to apply critical ideas in a practical context.

Then delve into work within and beyond classical and conventional narrative traditions. Investigate a variety of areas in detail through optional modules: from genre and authorship in Hollywood and international cinema, to avant-garde, art film, political and feminist cinema. You will also have the opportunity to select theatre modules.

Engage with group-based practical work in either film or television and develop your ability to creatively respond to different movements, practitioners and historical periods. This builds towards a 6-minute film or television piece developed across the second half of the year.

Deepen your knowledge and understanding of the subject through research-based modules in your final year. These modules are based around our academics’ current research and are all discussion-based, allowing you to rigorously engage with cutting-edge thought. Your practical work across the degree culminates in either a collaborative 10-minute film, a collaborative 40-minute theatre piece or a written dissertation.

We strongly support collaborative work and you will be encouraged to build your own knowledge and skills through working alongside fellow students.

**Careers**

96% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE survey, 2016–17).

Our degrees are designed to develop the skills valued by both creative and commercial industries providing you with a diverse range of career opportunities following graduation. An emphasis on professional skills is built into the courses to prepare you for the future.

Each course has a dedicated careers module to support your personal development and a range of written and practical assessments designed to make you a highly articulate and rigorous graduate.

You will develop the practical film and theatre production skills needed in industry, as well as many transferable skills for work in a wider range of sectors. Many of our alumni work in the creative industries and their roles include theatre directors, actors, playwrights, visual FX experts and critics.Graduates also go onto a range of related careers in areas including commercial marketing and media, advertising, journalism and teaching.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Introduction to film
* Practical: making meaning
* Creative practice: film/TV
* World cinema
* Millennial television

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,890
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

Film, Theatre and Television

TEF rating:
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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.

74%
med
Cinematics

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.

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

70%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
B

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.

Cinematics and photography

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.

£20,250
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Other elementary services occupations

A few years ago graduates from this subject were having a very hard time but things have improved a lot thanks to our active media, film and photographic industries - much the most common employers for this group. The most common jobs are in the arts — as photographers, audio-visual technicians, operators and designers, as directors, as artists and as graphic designers. Training in presenting sound and graphics is useful in other industries as well, so you can find graduates in journalism, in advertising, in business management, in events management and in web design and IT. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Cinematics

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

£25k

£25k

£21k

£21k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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