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Chandler

UEA (University of East Anglia)
Film and Television Studies BA (Hons)
OVERALL UNIVERSITY RATING
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26 Feb 17

I hate it, and I’m transferring (hopefully). There’s no practical teaching at all in the first year. This semester has been especially underwhelming, two are my modules are not even film related as they’ve been picked right out of the media department. For example, I spent an hour the other week listening to a lecturer talk about the history of radio, which is beyond ridiculous. I did well previous semester, got 70s and 80s, but that was awful too. Analysing Film and Analysing TV is nothing different than what I was taught at A Levels. A common saying among my peers is that “it will get better next year”, but after really reading into the upcoming modules, I really don’t think that’s true. The practical modules that are provided seem really basic, which would be fine, if it was year 1 (and you miss most of them if you plan to take the semester abroad). And if I understood correctly, the media practice project in year 3 doesn’t actually involve any teaching. I’ve also been strongly recommended by Year 3 students to avoid this module, which is annoying because it was one of the only ones I was looking forward to doing. I was told it will damage my degree, as in it you are expected to make an industry standard film, despite the lack industry standard training or teaching. Speaking of the the third year, they lie on their website. They say that you can do a dissertation or an advanced media project. This is a lie. You have to do a dissertation no matter what, and the advanced media practice project is just what I mentioned earlier, and there’s nothing “advanced” about it. This course has been such a disappointment. If you want to be a filmmaker, go to another uni, one that prioritises practical teaching. Doesn’t matter if it’s a former poly, forget the elitist stuff they try to sell you about unis, in the industry nobody cares how high ranking your uni is. Also, seeing how the majority of the people on the course are quite angry and disappointed with it, I don’t know how it’s going to maintain a reputation in this department (I’m talking about a big amount of first and third year students). I also don’t even want to live in England anymore, and nobody knows about UEA unless you live here.