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UDFMTSFY - BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies (including foundation year)

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Arts Level Honours
Possible interim awards
Total credits for course 480
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Subject Area Creative Technologies and Digital Media
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Part-time 6 YEARS 8 YEARS
Full-time 4 YEARS 8 YEARS
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About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The BA Film and Television Studies (including foundation year) combines the theoretical, historical and cultural study of film and television with opportunities for practical and industry learning. Students explore a wide variety of theories, approaches, national cinemas and television industries, engaging in critical analysis of both text and context. The course provides students with a wide-ranging knowledge and understanding of the film and television industries and their global cultural significance. Practical skills of filmmaking and screenwriting are developed, as well as up-to-date industry knowledge. Students are able to gain transferrable skills throughout the course via student presentations, group work, research and coursework planning and practice-based assignments, as well as through the opportunity for work-related learning. The foundation year provides students with a broad range of learning in the media area as well as initial technical skills and study skills learning, providing foundational learning in preparation for level 4 study. Students will experience a structured route into higher education, allowing them to scaffold their learning through carefully graded (mostly coursework-based) assessments. The course shares a common level 4 with the BA Film and Television Production that covers both essential academic learning and audio-visual skills. Subsequently, students specialise in academic, historical and cultural analysis of film and television, while also continuing with some practical and industry-based learning. The course aims to combine all these elements to provide students with the academic, industry and practical knowledge, and an array of transferrable skills required for a career in the cultural industries.

Students will experience a variety of teaching and learning approaches including lectures, seminars, film screenings, workshops, group work, and blended learning via WebLearn. Students are expected to complement their in-class and blended learning opportunities with extensive guided independent study and to be actively engaged in their learning. Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning experience through developmental learning and both formative and summative assignments including portfolios, essay and project planning, presentations and project management that are embedded across the course. Learning strategies on the course are designed to promote transferrable skills of communication, independent thinking, the ability to work effectively with others, work planning and independent responsibility. Student feedback and engagement with teaching and learning strategies are promoted via student representatives and course committees. Learning facilities include large screen lecture theatres, flexible open-learning spaces and the extensive facilities of the university’s Learning Centre. For practice-based learning, students have access to up to date digilab facilities and camera equipment.

Course aims

The main aims of the BA Film and Television Studies (including foundation year) are:


• To offer students the chance to progress towards specialized accredited learning

• To equip students with the tools to research the background data or academic framework for any writing or practical task which they are set

• To develop students’ understanding of film and television theories and histories

• To enable students to critically analyse film and television in relation to a variety of cultural issues

• To develop students’ transferrable skills through presentations, group work, practice-based assignments, employment-based learning, course committees and student consultation

• To encourage skills of research, writing, argument development and critical analysis

• To promote students’ self-directed learning

• To encourage students to reflect on their personal development through reflecting learning and assessment

• To enable students to develop skills in screenwriting, digital film production

• To prepare students for careers in a variety of fields including the film and television industries, and for further academic and practice-based study

Course learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of Film and Television Studies, including a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1) deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Film and Television Studies;


2) devise and sustain arguments, and/or solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Film and Television Studies;


3) describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Film and Television Studies, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;


4) manage their own learning, and make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Film and Television Studies);


5) apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;


6) critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution –or identify a range of solutions –to a problem;


7) communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;


8) exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;


9) undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.


10) make use of transferrable skills and employment experience in a related field in the workplace.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Subject Benchmark Statement:

Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies [Oct-2016]

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/subject-benchmark-statements/sbs-communication-media-film-and-cultural-studies-16.pdf?sfvrsn=4fe1f781_12


The above latest subject benchmark statement is used in the design, delivery and review of the course and in facilitating the knowledge and skills normally expected of a typical course graduate.

Assessment strategy

The course provides a variety of assessment strategies designed to promote and evidence students’ engagement with academic, practice-based and experiential learning. Assessments are both formative and summative to promote developmental learning, and include formal essays, presentations, portfolios, case studies, practice-based assessments such as scriptwriting, short film-making exercises, and reflection on work-related, skills-based learning. Module assessment is frequently designed around connected summative assessments, providing opportunities for initial research, planning and group work to develop towards final assessments, and so providing opportunities to demonstrate good academic practice. Students have the opportunity to submit draft material to tutors and receive written and in-person feedback prior to formal submission of summative assessments. Students will be provided with both formative and summative feedback in a variety of forms including in-class, tutorials, on-line, and formal written feedback via WebLearn. Students are encouraged to attend individual tutorials to gain additional understanding of written feedback. Processes for marking and moderating assessments and marking are clearly articulated on WebLearn module sites. The course structure diagram below sets out the course structure for full-time students. This will vary for part-time students according to their programme of study.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Students are required to take a work-related learning module, ensuring work-related experience during their period of study. Within the module they have the opportunity to reflect on their experience and skills gained in order to combine both practice-based and critical learning. The module demonstrably contributes towards the student’s portfolio of employable skills, providing the opportunity for students to demonstrate how they have developed high-level transferrable and career management skills, or how their work has demonstrably contributed towards their engagement with the discipline of Film and Television Studies.

Course specific regulations

Module Title Module Code
Introduction: Media and Communications SM3017
Introduction: Film, TV and Broadcast Media SM3018
Introduction: Digital Media SM3019
Introduction: Journalism and Writing for Media SJ3002
Approaches to Film and Television SJ4030
Film and Television Histories SJ4031
Film and TV Practice 1 MD4009
Film and TV Production 1 MD4010

Hollywood Industry and Politics SJ5087
Hollywood Stardom, Genre and Authorship SJ5088
Cinema and Television in Europe SJ5030
Film and TV Industry Roles MD5050
Stardom and Performance SJ5072
Contemporary American Television SJ5070
Work Related Learning for Media 1 FC5W52

Screening America in Hollywood Film SJ6032
Project (Film and Television Studies) SJ6P30
The French New Wave SJ6059
Film Reception and Interpretation SJ6058
The Hollywood Musical SJ6078
Writing for Film and Television SJ6085

Modules required for interim awards

All modules are compulsory and core

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Strategies designed to promote students’ reflective learning and personal development planning are embedded across the course. Assessments including presentations and portfolios of research and planning encourage students to reflect on their learning experience and develop plans for both individual and group projects. In addition, reflection on the links between theory, practice and work-related learning is central to course content. Formative feedback on assignments encourages students to reflect on and develop their learning and forms an integrated aspect of the assessment strategy. Group work on both theory and practice modules promotes students’ engagement with group planning and teamwork. Similarly, presentation assignments promote students’ skills in communication and group work. Through the work-related learning module, students have the opportunity to reflect on their experience of a working environment or project and the skills developed. Through the project management component of the level 6 dissertation module, personal development is extended to the higher level of students’ extended research and writing, encouraging deeper learning skills of effective planning, reflection and engagement with feedback.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in the creative and cultural industries, teaching, arts administration and a variety of media-related professions. The programme is also excellent preparation for further research or study.

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you for a career within the creative industries, film or academia.

On graduation you’ll also have opportunities to enter postgraduate study.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent, eg Functional Skills at Level 2), if you meet the UCAS points criteria but obtained a grade D/3 in English at GCSE you may be offered a University test in this area

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2019/20 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 04 Sep 2019 Last validation date 04 Sep 2019  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes
Route code FMTSFY

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 03 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SJ3002 Introduction: Journalism and Writing for Media Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
          NORTH SPR+SUM TUE AM
SM3017 Introduction: Media and Communications Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
          NORTH SPR+SUM TUE PM
SM3018 Introduction : Film, TV and Broadcast Media Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
          NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SPR+SUM MON PM
SM3019 Introduction: Digital Media Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
          NORTH SPR+SUM WED AM

Stage 1 Level 03 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SJ3002 Introduction: Journalism and Writing for Media Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM TUE AM
SM3017 Introduction: Media and Communications Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM TUE PM
SM3018 Introduction : Film, TV and Broadcast Media Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM MON PM
SM3019 Introduction: Digital Media Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM WED AM

Stage 2 Level 04 October start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
MD4009 Film and TV Practice 1 Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM TUE AM
          CITY AUT+SPR FRI AM
MD4010 Film and TV Production 1 Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM TUE PM
          CITY AUT+SPR FRI PM
SJ4030 Approaches to Film and Television Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM MON PM
          NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SJ4031 Film and Television Histories Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM WED PM
          NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM

Stage 3 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
FC5W52 Work Related Learning for Media 1 Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
          NORTH SPR MON PM
MD5050 Film and TV Industry Roles Core 15 CITY SPR TUE AM
SJ5030 Cinema and Television in Europe Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SJ5070 Contemporary American Television Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
SJ5072 Stardom and Performance Core 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
SJ5087 Hollywood Industry and Politics Core 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
SJ5088 Hollywood Stardom, Genre and Authorship Core 15 NORTH SPR THU PM

Stage 4 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SJ6032 Screening America in Hollywood Film Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
SJ6058 Film Reception and Interpretation Core 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
SJ6059 The French New Wave Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
SJ6078 The Hollywood Musical Core 15 NORTH SPR TUE AM
SJ6085 Writing for Film and Television Core 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM
SJ6P30 Project (Film and Television Studies) Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR NA