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University of Central Lancashire

Film, Media and Popular Culture

UCAS Code: PW36

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

Entry requirements


104 UCAS points at A2

106 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 104 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects

104 UCAS points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM

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

DD

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

MMM

104 UCAS points

104 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

104
89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Film studies

Media and communication studies

This diverse and distinctive programme focuses particularly on the moving image, most importantly film and television. You can also choose modules around advertising and around the role of popular music in culture. Explore media from historical, critical, cultural and ethical perspectives, developing the analytical, research and communication skills highly valued by employers. The course investigates how institutions affect diverse film, media and popular culture product and how audiences interpret them. It closely examines questions of representation, ideology, power and identity in contexts of production and consumption, preparing you for employment in areas such as television, advertising and marketing, social media, teaching, research, media heritage, arts administration, film production and digital marketing.

Study a broad range of media including film, TV, popular music, advertising or media and specialize in your own area of interest in your final year with your own film, media and popular culture dissertation. The course has a sharp focus on how the signs and codes of media communicate with audiences in the fields of film, television, digital and print media and popular culture.

The Film, Media and Popular Culture team are internationally published academics with a reputation for excellence, and this informs classroom teaching. Between us we have published over twenty monographs and edited collections on subjects such as European cinema, road cinema, transnational cinema, representation of women, British popular music heritage, Liverpool and Manchester music, tribute bands, wider questions of 'race' and representation and employability in film, media and popular culture. Our teaching is informed by our research and teaching inspires us to venture into new areas of research.

Modules

Year 1: Compulsory Modules; Understanding Media, Critical Approaches to Cinema, American Cinema and Society, Television and Radio, Popular Music and Popular Culture, Digital Media

Year 2: Compulsory Modules; Creating Media Content, Creative and Cultural Industries Work Placement, Optional Modules (Students need to choose 80 credits from the following); Elective which may be Free choice elective from another subject area, British Cinema, European Cinema, Popular Television Drama, Popular Music, Media and Communication, Advertising and Popular Culture, Student Initiated Module

Year 3: Compulsory Modules; Film, Media and Popular Culture Live Project OR Film, Media and Popular Culture Extended Live Project OR
Film, Media and Popular Culture Dissertation. Optional Modules (Students must choose either 80 (or 100 credits if taking FI3026) from the following modules); Science Fiction in Film and Television, Popular Music on Screen, World Cinema, Media Ethics, British Popular Music within Popular Culture Since 1960, Student Initiated Module

Tuition fees

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Humanities and the Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Media studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


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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.

£15,500
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations
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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