Film and Media Studies BA (Hons)

Film and Media Studies BA (Hons)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    PW36; Short form: BA/FMS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This diverse and distinctive programme focuses particularly on the moving image, most importantly film and television. You can also choose modules around advertising and around the role of popular music in culture. Explore media from historical, critical, cultural and ethical perspectives, developing the analytical, research and communication skills highly valued by employers. The course investigates how institutions affect diverse film and media product and how audiences interpret them. It closely examines questions of representation, ideology, power and identity in contexts of production and consumption, preparing you for employment in areas such as television, advertising and marketing, social media, teaching, research, media heritage, arts administration, film production and digital marketing.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

104 points at A2; General Studies accepted
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit,Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction Distinction
Access to Higher Education: 106 points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 26 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English.
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

All of the following are compulsory:

  • Reading the Media (20 credits)
  • Re-View, Reading Film (20 credits)
  • Studying TV & the Industry (20 credits)
  • Popular Music & the Media (20 credits)
  • Media Audiences and Fandom (20 credits)
  • Critical Approaches to Cinema (20 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

  • British Cinema (20 credits)
  • Film & Media Work Placement (20 credits)
  • Post-War European Cinema (20 credits)
  • Popular TV (20 credits)

Plus 40 credits from the following:

  • Advertising Media and Consumer Culture (20 credits)
  • Popular Music & Communication (20 credits)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules:

  • Film & Media Studies Dissertation (20 credits) OR
  • Film & Media Studies Dissertation (40 credits)

Plus either 80 or 100 credits from a selection taken from the following:

  • Cinema & Postmodernism (20 credits)
  • Science Fiction in Film & Television (20 credits)
  • World Cinema (20 credits)
  • Popular TV Drama (20 credits)
  • Media Ethics (20 credits)
  • British Popular Music & the Media Since 1960 (20 credits)
  • The Visual Culture of Popular Music (20 credits)

Further Information

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page.


Study a broad range of media including film, TV, popular music, advertising or media and specialize in your own area of interest in your final year with your own film and media dissertation. The course has a sharp focus on how the signs and codes of media communicate with audiences in the fields of film, television, digital and print media and popular music.

The Film and Media team are internationally published academics with a reputation for excellence, and this informs classroom teaching. Between us we have published over twenty monographs and edited collections on subjects such as European cinema, road cinema, transnational cinema, representation of women, British popular music heritage, Liverpool and Manchester music, tribute bands, wider questions of 'race' and representation and employability in film and media. Our teaching is informed by our research and teaching inspires us to venture into new areas of research.



On the course I have been able to take a really diverse range of modules delivered by friendly teachers and involving thought-provoking activities. I have been involved in highly stimulating projects such as creating journals and pitching ideas for documentary and TV drama. I would recommend this course to anyone who is looking to gain an integrated perspective of media, society, culture, film and philosophy to enhance their knowledge of media and develop media skills

Izhan, Year 3


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The course is great in the way that everyone is really encouraging when the opportunities arise. They understand that it's good to have a degree but it's important to have that hands-on experience.

Markham Pickering, Current Student


Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and Assessment

Learning is through illustrated lectures, workshops, screenings, seminars and / or use of interactive social media. Delivery is, where appropriate, via PowerPoint, including DVD/Video extracts, web material or social media. Work-based modules might be delivered in real environments, work experience will take place in situation.

We have good links with local media companies in television, radio, press and advertising and there is an on-campus TV and radio station. We offer all students a work placement module, and modules such as World Cinema, Cinema and Postmodernism and Media Ethics have an international focus and prepare students for an international market. We organise field trips to media events and meetings with the employers to demonstrate the connection between the theory and practice of the media.

In 2014 several Film and Media students enjoyed the opportunity to pitch programme ideas to CBBC's Creative Director. In 2015 students enjoyed the opportunity to pitch programme ideas to ITV senior staff. One of our students in 2015 became an Assistant Director on HBO’s Game of Thrones within three months of graduating.

There is a variety of assessment methods including essays, project reports, presentations and the pitching of original ideas in TV drama. There are no exams in Film and Media, only coursework which takes the form of essays, presentations (individual or group), reports, critical reviews, in-class essays, or portfolios of work/learning logs.


You’ll be well prepared for a career in media, the creative industries or teaching. Our graduates are working in television, radio, film production, advertising, journalism, public relations, market research companies, sales and teaching, as freelance music writers or are undertaking further studies such as MAs or PhDs.

You’ll have the opportunity to do work placements in media, or with charities or advertising agencies. It is also possible to arrange teaching practice as work experience. You’ll have an opportunity to study abroad in Year 2, either in Europe or America so you can experience global aspects of media. Opportunities will exist for you to work for PSTV, Frequency and Pluto – UCLan’s television and radio stations and student magazine. PSTV won Best Media Platform of the Year at this year’s National Student TV Awards.

You’ll be offered an extensive career planning and work experience module which will help you find jobs in TV, radio, film, marketing, teaching and research. Past students have found placement work with Lime Pictures, Preston City Council, Lancashire Evening Post, NOISE Festival, Galaxy Radio and Rock FM. One of the Film and Media lecturers is on the BAFTA Career Pathways Working Party

We have links with media organisations such as the ITV, BBC, Lancashire Evening Post, Galaxy Radio and Rock FM.