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University of Manchester

Film Studies and History

UCAS Code: PV10

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

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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Film studies

History

Cinematics

The Joint Honours BA Film Studies and History aims to develop your understanding and awareness of the rich possibilities of this creative medium and encourages you to approach the study of film from a range of historical and theoretical perspectives.

At the heart of our Film Studies courses is a commitment to expanding your experience of film through taught units and screenings that focus on both classical and contemporary films, covering a wide range of film cultures from around the world. You will study mainstream and non-mainstream films in order to broaden your understanding of the history of film as well as the debates and issues that are informing and generated by current practice in film and shaping its future.

As you enhance your skills of close analysis you will also develop an understanding of how film engages with socio-cultural and political concerns, placing the films you study in their historical context as well as thinking about current debates and future challenges for cinema as a medium.

The course emphasises historical and theoretical approaches to studying film rather than practical production. You will be encouraged to develop as independent critical thinkers able to work in a diverse range of assessment scenarios, taking in solo written assignments, presentations and, on certain units, group work and creative projects that enable you to put theory into practice.

**Aims**

All of our Joint Honours in Film Studies share the same core aims when it comes to the Film Studies elements of the course.
You will gain a good knowledge of a range of contemporary and classical film cultures, taking in mainstream and experimental film as well as Anglophone and non-Anglophone cinema.

You will also enhance your understanding of film history, theory and relevant interpretive methods.

In doing so, you will be able to display a critical understanding of the place and importance of film in contemporary society, including the issues, debates and controversies which film has contributed and responded to. That understanding includes an awareness of the contribution film can make to communities at both a local and wider level. You will develop your critical skills, broaden your intellectual horizons, audio-visual literacy and imagination, deepening your enthusiasm for the subject. Along the way, the course aims to help you develop a range of transferable skills to meet career demands and begin to make a worthwhile contribution to relevant fields, including careers in film education, distribution, exhibition, curation and production, and provide a foundation for lifelong learning.

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

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Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

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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?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

History

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

Cinematics and photography

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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.

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.

47%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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.

History

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Public services and other associate professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

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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.

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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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