Film and Screen Studies BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    BA: P300
    BA with Foundation:
    P304

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 3 years
    Full Time Foundation: 4 years
    Part Time: 4 - 5 years

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK 24/25:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,540 (per 20 credits)
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International 24/25:

    Full Time: £15,200
    Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200

  • Location:

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


The University of Northampton’s BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies degree is an exciting and forward-facing programme of study that gives you the opportunity to explore both the art and the industry of modern screen media. From Superhero Cinema to South Korean Television, Indie videogames to Disney fandom, British teen dramas to cult science fiction, the diversity that at the centre of the course means you get the chance to investigate the narrative, artistic, cultural, economic and political implications of a range of both nationally and internationally significant screen texts.

Through exciting interactive seminars, discussion based workshops and free screenings at the local cinema, the Northampton Filmhouse, you’ll study modules that combine world class staff expertise with a contemporary focused and media industry informed curriculum. Learning about processes such as scriptwriting, media curation and exhibition, film festivals and conventions, Film and Screen Studies will give you the skills you need to understand that screen media not just entertainment: it’s the primary medium for storytelling, and for learning more about the world we live in and the people who live in it with us.

Updated 06/02/2024

Highlights


  • Covers a diverse range of film and screen media – from traditional Hollywood cinema to Netflix and Disney+ and the latest cutting-edge video games.
  • Engage with vital contemporary issues concerning diversity and social justice movements
  • One of the only film studies degree programmes in the UK to teach students in a working independent cinema.
  • Opportunity to visit free UK sites and trips, and partake in masterclasses with industry practitioners.
  • Taught by staff with internationally recognised expertise
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course. Terms and Conditions apply

Course Content


  • Focusing on the study of the moving image, the Film and Screen Studies BA (Hons) programme enables students to analyse how screen media creates meanings through particular forms, techniques, and styles; how industrial organization affects the way films are produced and received; and how the social context in which they are made and consumed influence the way we understand and make meaning.

    The curriculum covers a diverse range of media formats, with emphasis upon popular and contemporary screen media (film, television, streaming services, mobile and digital screen media.)

    Year 1

    The Film and Screen Studies degree is structured on a three-stage progressive model. The first year will introduce students to the history and development of screen media, as well as how society and scholars have sought to understand the content, audiences, and industry of popular media; specific modules include investigating the figure of the superhero, animation and representation, stardom, transmedia, Hollywood film and the auteur.

    Modules you might study include:

    • From King Kong to The Godfather: Introduction to Hollywood Film (20 credits)
    • Marketing Stardom: Celebrity on Screen (20 credits)
    • Truth, Justice and Adaptation: Superheroes on Screen (20 credits)
    • Beyond the Disney Princess: Representation and Animation (20 credits)
    • Youth on Screen (20 credits)
    • Studying the Modern Auteur (20 credits)
    • A History of a Thousand Faces: Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics (20 credits)

    Year 2

    In stage two, you will build on the skills gained in stage one; more optionality allows focus on specific areas of screen media, developing your knowledge of how film and screen media operate in the field of popular culture and its various industrial contexts. Typical modules include Fan Cultures, scriptwriting, European Cinemas, sci-fi and fantasy genres, and critical and cultural screen theory.

    Modules you might study include:

    • Genre: Fantasy, Robots and Monsters (20 credits)
    • Fan Cultures (research module) (20 credits)
    • Screen and the Self (20 credits)
    • Global Cinema: Europe (20 credits)
    • Working in Screen Media (20 credits)
    • Gender, Race and Sexuality in Contemporary Media (20 credits)
    • Scriptwriting (20 credits)
    • It’s Alive!, It’s Alive!: Studying Contemporary Character Design (20 credits)

    Year 3

    In stage three, building on the work done over prior years, module options will provide the opportunity for students to pursue specialised interests, such as Cult Media, East Asian Cinemas, and Videogames. You will also have space to explore your specific passions via a written dissertation.

    Modules you might study include:

    • Global Cinemas: East Asia (20 credits)
    • An Offer You Can’t Refuse? Contemporary Crime on Screen (20 credits)
    • Cult Media (20 credits)
    • Video Games (20 credits)
    • Hollywood and Beyond (20 credits)
    • Long Dissertation (Can involve Advanced Scriptwriting option) (40 credits)

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

      • Module code: MED1085
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to key debates around creative thinking and production and examine writing about media within the context of production and reception.
      • Module code: MED1090
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with a survey of key examples from the early and classical periods of Hollywood Filmmaking. Students will explore how key films, offer perspectives on the key thematic and representational concerns of US culture.
      • Module code: MED1092
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to ideas and concerns that are relevant to contemporary screen media. The module will use the superhero narrative, a popular contemporary form, to look at critical debates surrounding scholarly topics including adaptation, representation, transnationalism, cultural materialism, ideology and screen theory.
      • Module code: MED1093
        Status: Compulsory
        This module studies and interrogates styles and conventions of filmmaking via a range of directors and films across various genres, national movements, and eras, thereby providing students with an introduction to the study of the moving image and the vocabulary of film studies from both technical and critical perspectives.
      • Module code: MED1094
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to critically introduce students to the diverse range of character representatons beyond, and which even challenge, the infamous fairy tale princess in Disney live-action and animated film, tv and video game.
      • Module code: MED1095
        Status: Compulsory
        This module encourages students to chart the evolution of screen stories for and about the young: considering different approaches and themes from the lighthearted, comic and celebratory to the often darker, more brutal depictions of the challenges of adolescence.
      • Module code: MED2120
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to consider the concept and importance of one of the most significant structuring principles for screen media: genre. This will be achieved through the close study of three specific popular instances: Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror.
      • Module code: MED2121
        Status: Designate
        In this module, students will be encouraged to use their personal experiences to critically consider the media franchises with which they engage and relate these to theoretical debates in fan studies, with emphasis upon ideas of identity, and the potential power of fandom.
      • Module code: MED2122
        Status: Designate
        Students will examine key developments in critical and cultural theory in terms of how these have been/can be applied to the analysis of moving image media. The historical trajectory of these theories is considered, as well as how these conceptual frameworks inform contemporary scholarship.
      • Module code: MED2123
        Status: Designate
        This module provides the historical, cultural and industrial contexts that will allow students to view, discuss and interpret film and other screen media from a number of European movements and national cultures.
      • Module code: MED2124
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to familiarise students with a range of research methods and approaches in both professional and academic environments, encouraging development and employability. It also prepares students for the dissertation at Level 6.
      • Module code: MED2125
        Status: Designate
        This module will introduce students to a diverse range of contemporary identity theory and encourage them to consider how these ideas might be applied to a range of screen media including (but not limited to) film, television, music video and videogames.
      • Module code: MED2126
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is for students to develop an understanding of the working practices of writing scripts for film, covering aspects of short form and feature writing, via the practical development of a series of scripts and related materials following industry practice and to a professional standard.
  • A typical offer for Film and Screen Studies would be:

    • BCC at A-Level or,
    • DMM at BTEC/Cambridge Technical or,
    • Pass (C and above) at T Level

    We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications, and also applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally:

    • DEE at A-Level or,
    • MPP at BTEC or,
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level

    However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £15,200
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £14,750
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time Film and Screen Studies degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your film studies course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page or dedicated International Perks page.

    *UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details).

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a film studies degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • How will I be taught on Film and Screen Studies BA (Hons)?

    We aim to bring out the best in all our undergraduates and we recognise that employers are increasingly demanding that graduates are well equipped with a range of transferable skills. You will be taught via a variety of lectures, seminars, and workshops, augmented by online blending learning content.

    How will I be assessed on the Film and Screen Studies degree?

    You will be assessed in a variety of ways; alongside more traditional assessment methods such as essays, presentations, and projects, you will also engage in innovative technology-supported assessment, such as video essays and podcasts, via the University virtual learning environment. Throughout your degree, we will offer you the best support available to allow you to get the most from your independent and team-based learning.

Staff


Mike Starr, Senior Lecturer in Film & Screen Studies
Mike Starr

Senior Lecturer in Film & Screen Studies


Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

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Careers and Employability


Students take Film and Screen studies for a great variety of reasons; whether you wish to pursue a career in the creative industries, or simply explore your passion for screen media, the course will provide you with skills which open up a range of career opportunities. The most common sectors you may find work in are the media, creative, cultural and heritage industries. As well as traditional destinations in the film and broadcasting industries, you may also be interested in other media sectors such as publishing and research.

Recent graduates from BA Film and Screen Studies have secured jobs with Disney, The BBC, and Channel 4, while others have formed their own independent media companies, have pursued careers in web design, publishing, teaching, or gone on to further academic study.