Bath Spa University Film

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Bath Spa University Film

Film and Screen Studies aims to produce graduates who have an informed, critical and creative approach to both understanding film and screen in contemporary society and to their own forms of critical, reflective and communicative practice. You’ll develop intellectual, analytical, research and creative skills that will help you to prepare for employment and have the opportunity to engage in practical filmmaking projects if you wish.

Course structure

Year one
In the first year there are two cores modules. The first is Introduction to Film in which you’ll investigate film as a specific academic discipline and how meaning is conveyed through film form and content. As part of your work you’ll analyse how films are constructed and be introduced to ways of writing effectively about film. The second core module is Understanding Hollywood, which offers an advanced investigation of key theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of cinema, and explores film as a commercial, cultural and aesthetic institution.

Years two and three
In Years 2 and 3 you can design your programme from a range of exciting modules including film theory, Hollywood cinema, video games, film and national identity, stardom and celebrity, Asian cinema, European cinema, film genres such as westerns and horror, games, Short film  production, and documentary filmmaking. You can also take part in organising LineUP, the annual Student Film Festival at Bath Spa University.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes essays, research reports, journals, group presentations and portfolios.

How will I be taught?

Our modules have well-defined teaching structures consisting of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, which give you wide opportunities to learn progressively, stretch your capabilities, test your ideas and methods and interact positively with staff and other students in the department.

As you would expect, Film and Screen Studies modules also use parts of the new media in their teaching practice. Students are encouraged to make use of the University’s virtual learning environment, ‘Minerva’ and of the web in seminars and workshops.

This course is designed to appeal to students who wish to study both the craft of film and TV and its historical, contemporary and theoretical contexts. The programme will enable students to develop practical and creative projects highlighting their technical and craft skills, while demonstrating critical and theoretical knowledge and understanding. Throughout the degree there will be opportunities for students to work on group and individual projects in developing their skills and creative ideas. This is employability centred in its focus upon commercially informed creativity, film crafts and skills. In addition students will present a sound and rounded academic context to their work and the work of others; positioning them as the some of the most employable in the sector.

This degree will: offer a coherent and integrated learning experience relevant to the needs of future film and television professionals; immerse students in film and TV practice and theory, and the application of a variety of crafts and digital technologies; enable students to effectively design and create film and television content and formats; enable students to work effectively both independently and as part of a team; develop student knowledge and awareness of the technical, social, ethical and legal issues in the film and television business; and provide students with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.


Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Course leader: Professor Terence Rodgers