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Sheffield Hallam University

Film Studies

UCAS Code: P303

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

Entry requirements


At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

104

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BCC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Film studies

•Learn cinematic codes and the conventions of film storytelling, with a grounding in narrative theory.
•Study a variety of films across a range of different genres, periods and countries in state-of-the-art cinema facilities.
•Develop research skills with an emphasis on how they can be applied to future careers.

Learn to analyse films as well as cinema's industrial development, changing production, distribution and exhibition practices and leading theoretical frameworks. You also have the opportunity to undertake a range of activities related directly to future employment across a number of industries, such as film journalism, film marketing, and management of film festivals.

In lectures you gain knowledge and understanding of the subject. In seminars and workshops you participate in discussion, presentations and writing exercises, developing communication and teamwork skills, as well as the ability to think and respond quickly and creatively to questions and ideas. Our modules include weekly screenings, either in our own cinema, The Void, or at Sheffield's leading art cinema, the Showroom, with whom we have a long-standing partnership.

You learn through
•seminars
•lectures
•workshops
•film screenings
•essays
•online blogs
•shot breakdowns and segmentations
•verbal presentations
•portfolios
•video essays

Applied learning

Live projects

During the course you have the opportunity to engage with a range of volunteering opportunities and placements at film festivals (such as DocFest, Celluloid Screams and Sensoria), as well as participate at film events (such as running film clubs and screenings). Students also publish a film magazine, The Void, and participate, as both presenters and production crew, in our own weekly radio programme, The Film Show, on Sheffield Live!

Field trips

Alongside taught sessions, your learning is expanded by trips off-campus (previous trips have included the British Film Institute, the National Science and Media Museum , local cinemas, and the Berlin Film Festival ) as well as a variety of guest lecturers and speakers including, leading film directors, script writers, film composers and film journalists.

Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.
Year 1
Compulsory modules

Module: Cinema Now!
Module: Cinemania
Module: Film Narrative
Module: Introduction To Film Analysis
Module: Studying And Researching Cinema
Module: Studying Film History
Year 2
Compulsory modules

Module: Community Cinema
Module: European Cinemas
Module: Thinking About Movies
Elective modules

Module: A Close-Up On British Cinema
Module: Beyond The Mainstream
Module: Diy Film Making
Module: Foreign Language
Module: Hollywood Cinema
Module: Tv Comedy & Drama
Final year
Compulsory modules

Module: Film Dissertation
Module: Film Theory
Module: Professional Film Writing
Elective modules

Module: American Nightmares
Module: Contemporary East Asian Cinema
Module: Documentary
Module: Foreign Language
Module: Must-See Tv

Assessment methods

Coursework and practical assessment

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

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.

77%
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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

84%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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.

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low
Average annual salary
93%
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Employed or in further education
90%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, and employing thousands of new graduates every year, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic — this is a highly-sought after industry and jobs are amongst the most competitive around. If you want to be a star in front of the camera or in print, you might want to look at other options. Media studies graduates are much the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2015, one in five grads entering the film industry, and one in four getting jobs in TV or film production had a media studies degree) and they’re more likely to be in crucial roles directing, producing, or operating sound or video equipment, or in media research or marketing roles. Self-employment and freelancing is more common than for most degrees, so that may be something to prepare for.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Film studies

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

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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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