Queen’s University Belfast Film Studies

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Queen’s University Belfast Film Studies

The Film Studies and Production degree aims to introduce students to
the widest possible experience of filmmaking and film culture through
the integration of film production and critical thinking. Film degrees at
Queen’s were ranked 1st in the 2017 Guardian League Tables.

Film Studies and Production Degree highlights

Film Studies degrees at QUB are rated first in the UK (Guardian University League Tables for Film and Production 2017).

Global Opportunities

  • You will have the opportunity to apply for study abroad for a semester though student exchange on this degree in Europe or North America.

Professional Accreditations

  • Accredited as Avid Authorised Learning Partner for Education, the School of Arts, English and Languages offers industry accredited certification in Media composer and Pro Tools, both industry leading software for film editing and sound postproduction. Coursework for these qualifications are embedded in the coursework of certain modules.

Industry Links

  • Northern Ireland has one of the fastest growing creative industry sectors in the UK economy. Film production teaching is regularly carried out and supervised by tutors who are actively involved in the film and media industry, providing invaluable opportunities to learn first-hand from film and media professionals.
  • Film at Queen’s has close links with a range of independent and community-based film and media production companies as well as BBC (NI), Northern Visions, UTV, and Belfast Film Festival, Screen NI, and the Queen’s Film Theatre.

World Class Facilities

  • Our Film degrees use cutting-edge digital production facilities; we have both offline and online editing suites, with software such as Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, Nuke for VFX Compositing, Fusion and Pro Tools. Full high-definition cameras are available, as are substantial lighting and grip kits for location work. Practical classes are held in a dedicated Film Studio with full broadcast-quality LED lighting using Film Studies and Production F electrically-controlled hoists and green screen.

Student Experience

  • We are an Authorised Avid Learning Partner for Pro Tools and Avid Media Composer, offering certified industry-approved training integrated into the degree.

Course content

Course Structure

Course Content
The BA in Film Studies and Production is taught through an equal mix of hands-on film production modules and critical film studies modules, with increasing flexibility at Levels 2 and 3. The modules will typically
include (*indicating compulsory module):

Year 1
• Introduction to Film Studies 1*
• Introduction to Film Studies 2*
• Introduction to Film Practice*
• Film Editing*
• Introduction to Visual Studies

Level 1 students also have the opportunity to take one or two approved modules in other subject areas.

Year 2
Compulsory
• Cinematography and/or
• Screenwriting

Optional
• Experimental Practice
• Hollywood Cinema 1
• World Cinemas
• Film Authorship
• Cinema and Modernism
• Documentary Film
• British Cinema: Nation, Identity and Industry
• Screen Industries in Europe (not in programme spec)
• Introduction to Arts Management

Year 3
• Advanced Film Practice 1*
• Advanced Film Practice 2*
• Work Placement
• Dissertation
• Film and Music: Theory and Criticism
• Cinema and Postmodernism
• British Film and Cinema: Decades and Debates
• Contemporary Cinema
• Hollywood Cinema 2

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
BBB

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65%.

All applicants
There are no specific subject requirements to study Film Studies and Production.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on ‘How we choose our students’ prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen’s, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for that particular subject or degree programme along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

For last year’s intake, applicants for this BA programme must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language). Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed would also have been taken into account and the Selector checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.

The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).

The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 8 Merits.

For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. The current entrance requirements are successful completion of the HND with 9 Merits and 7 Passes overall. Any consideration would be for Stage 1 entry only.

Candidates offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits. Where offers were made last year, the standard set was an average of 65%.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of BA degrees, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen’s.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • English for University Study: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen’s University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen’s offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen’s University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University’s world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.