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University of Winchester

Film and American Studies

UCAS Code: T7P3

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

Entry requirements


We welcome applications from students who are completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma. We normally look for applicants to have studied a course that is in a similar subject and offers are usually made in line with our published tariff point range.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Film studies

American studies

- American Studies achieved 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey

- Enjoy the freedom to study your favourite genres and periods of cinema as well as American history, literature and culture

- Develop as a well-informed critical thinker who understands the rich diversity of America and its place in the wider contemporary world

From The Godfather and Pulp Fiction to Jaws and Star Wars, America’s impact on the global film industry has been enormous. Hollywood was the birthplace of movie studios, ushering in a golden era in film and creating new genres such as action films and musicals. Film and American Studies at Winchester taps into this rich heritage and integrates the wider study of global film with America’s fascinating culture and society.

On our lively Film and American Studies course you study a diverse range of film forms, national traditions and historical periods from a variety of perspectives, using film as the key tool to reveal the complexities of US society and the American dream.

You develop the theoretical concepts and methodological skills needed to analyse film in historical, cultural and institutional contexts. The three-year programme draws on the research interests and expertise of staff with subject-specific and strong interdisciplinary backgrounds.

In addition, you may wish to take advantage of outstanding industry-standard facilities at our on-campus Multimedia Centre to learn practical elements in filmmaking and cinema technologies.

In Year 1, you learn critical approaches to film analysis and key skills, studying core modules such as Reading Film, Film Criticism, Introduction to American Studies, and Film Form, History and Culture.

These themes are developed further in Year 2 when you also take core modules in American Modernity, Hollywood Cinema and learn research skills across both disciplines.

In both Years 2 and Year 3, in addition to the mandatory requirements, you take at least two Film Studies and two American Studies optional modules in each year. Your choices may include Contemporary European Cinema, Music and Film, The American Film Western, and Work and Money in American Literature. In your final year, you also write a Film and American Studies dissertation and take a core module on Identity in Contemporary American Film.

You graduate as a well-informed critical thinker who understands the cross-cultural diversity of the contemporary world. Our graduates pursue careers in film-and television-related industries, advertising, media, journalism, teaching, and also in the creative and public sectors. They often find work in professions that value their ability to apply a deep understanding of film and American history, culture and ideology to practical contexts.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Winchester

Department:

School of Media and Film

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.

71%
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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

82%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

American and australasian studies

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Other elementary services occupations
20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

American and australasian 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.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Childcare and related personal services
10%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Just 615 UK students graduated with American studies degrees in 2015, so it's one of the smaller subjects in terms of student numbers and has lost numbers in recent years. Most graduates stay in the UK once they graduate - quite unusual for graduates in languages and studies of overseas cultures - and about one in six go into further study, mostly to take Masters degrees in subjects like journalism, languages, teaching and law. Graduates tend to go into any general graduate jobs, in industries such as education, advertising, social care and media and publishing. There might not be many jobs that specifically require a degree in American studies, but the skills you learn are useful in many roles.

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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£22k

£22k

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.

American 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.

£20k

£20k

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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