Film and Screen Studies BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    BA: P300
    BA with Foundation:

  • Level:


  • Duration:

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

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK 22/23:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,500 (per 20 credits)
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International 22/23:

    Full Time: £14,000
    Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000

  • Location:


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 893981


This single honours course is newly validated for September 2022 start. 

Today, more than at any time since the invention of mass communication technology, screen media is having a profound effect on our social, cultural and economic lives. Screen media is 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. Film and Screen Studies BA (Hons) is a dynamic and forward-facing programme of study that will give you the opportunity to explore the narrative, artistic, cultural, economic, and political implications of a wide range of diverse, global media.

The modules on the course combine world class staff expertise with a contemporary and industry informed curriculum. In particular, the course will provide a space to think about the potential for screen texts to be a force for positive social change, and how representations on screen have the power to alter and effect people’s opinions and attitudes towards both historical and contemporary issues. We offer a supportive environment for learning where you can develop your love of cinema, television and many other forms of screen media, and learn vital life skills for your future career.


Updated 21/06/2022


  • The curriculum will cover an exciting, contemporary and diverse range of film and screen media, encompassing everything from traditional Hollywood cinema and cult film and television, to the output of streaming platforms such as Netflix and Disney+ and the latest cutting-edge video games.
  • Engage with vital contemporary issues concerning diversity and social justice movements – such as BLM & #metoo. In keeping with the University’s changemaker ethos, students are encouraged to think about screen media as a force for positive social change with the power to alter and transform people’s opinions and attitudes towards both historical and contemporary issues including representations related to LGBTQ+, gendered, and racial identities.
  • As well as utilising the facilities of the new Waterside Campus, we are one of the only degree programmes in the UK to teach students in a working independent cinema, helping students learning about industry practices such as distribution, marketing, curation and exhibition.
  • Alongside your lectures and seminars, as part of your studies you will have the opportunity to visit free UK sites and trips, and partake in masterclasses with industry practitioners.
  • Students will be taught directly by staff with internationally recognised expertise and the subject area, each with their own specialisms and passions.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course. Terms and Conditions apply

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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 course 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 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

      • 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: MED1091
        Status: Compulsory
        This module enables students to consider the historical, theoretical, and social-cultural paradigms that have informed the study of stars from the beginning of cinema and television through to today?s transmedia landscape.
      • 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
      • 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.
  • General entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    For more 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. 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.

  • 22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

      • UK Full Time: £9,250
      • UK Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
      • UK Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
      • International Full Time: £14,000
      • International Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

      • UK – Full Time: £9,250
      • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
      • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)
      • International – Full Time: £13,000
      • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)


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

  • 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 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 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.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a 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?

    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.

Student Story: Sebastian-Marius Gabor

"Film & Screen Studies has cultivated my critical thinking and analysis in visual medias. It also helped me gain research skills that I now use every day at work."


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 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.

Student Story

"My course and time at Northampton really set me up for my career in Film and TV . . ."

Eleanor Todd