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Film and Television Studies / French

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Key Facts

Code RW16
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB with B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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The Aberystwyth Joint Honours Film and Television Studies schemes provide a rigorous and challenging programme of study, combining practical and theoretical approaches to the examination of film and television histories, productions, institutions and audiences.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 87% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Department of Modern Languages: 92% student satisfaction for the subject of Languages  (NSS 2018)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Film and Television Studies and French at Aberystwyth?

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth is the highest rated Arts and Humanities Department in Wales, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 60% of research submitted being rated world-leading.

The Department is one of the largest and most highly regarded in Britain in terms of staff reputation and the quality of the student experience. We can offer you an unrivalled range of student choice, staff expertise, and state-of-the-art facilities for practical work, including industry standard HD and digital cameras, editing suites, viewing areas and practical work spaces, so that you can utilise your creative skills to the full. Further facilities are available to you through our strategic partnerships with Boom Pictures Cymru, Wales’s largest independent television production company; Theatr Arad Goch, an Aberystwyth-based community theatre; and BBC Wales, whose local offices and studios are housed within the Department. The National Sound and Screen Archive of Wales is also situated next to the campus in the National Library of Wales, so that you can benefit from an unrivalled source of material.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest campus arts centres in the UK, is situated on the main university campus, and is a popular venue where you can stage your work and enjoy performances and screenings of all kinds.

The Department of Modern Languages offers a range of attractive degree schemes which will equip you not only with a high level of linguistic competence but also provide you with a sound knowledge of the culture within which the language or languages you are studying is/are used. During your time as a student you will be able to choose from a range of modules which appeal to a variety of interests. The Department is relatively small and this means that staff and students form a close-knit and friendly community. Many of the modules relate to staff research interests and you will benefit from being taught by staff who are experts in their fields and who are active members of national and international research communities.

Our Staff

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

All of the lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active specialists in their chosen field. We also employ highly qualified and experienced language tutors, and native-speakers, who will ensure that your learning is of the highest possible quality and who will provide you with constant support through your years of study.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
French Language (Beginners) FR10740 40
French Language Advanced FR19930 30
Introduction to Media Production (Semester 2) FM10520 20
Studying Film FM10120 20
Studying Television FM10220 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
British Cinema FM11020 20
Images of France: The French Family FR12910 10
Introduction to European Film EL10520 20
Introduction to French Studies FR11120 20
Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe EL10820 20
Studying Communication FM10720 20
Studying Media FM10620 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Abroad Year Credits TFS0060 60
Year Abroad Assessment FRS0060 60

Employability

The degree schemes provide a balance between critical approaches and creative practical experience to develop the skills needed for career opportunities within the creative industries and beyond. Students are supported through every year of study to enhance their employability skills and are encouraged to develop their reflective practice and self-motivation. 

Students learn how to become effective communicators and how to work as part of a team when collaborating in production groups. You will have access to some of the most up-to-date facilities such as a multi-camera high definition digital television studio, high-definition digital video cameras and digital and video projection facilities to develop your practical production work skills. Special master classes are arranged with specialists including: pitching competitions, sound design workshops, production design for film, hair and make-up design and special effects and presenting yourself professionally. Students can also develop their experience and knowledge of working in a bilingual environment and students can perform through the medium of Welsh and English.

The Department has excellent links with local, national and international production companies providing students opportunities to gain an insight into the industry and develop their networking skills. A guest speaker programme gives students access to industry experts to develop their knowledge of the creative industries and showcase their work and ideas.

Work placements are actively encouraged to allow students to develop the transferable and professional skills which will enable them to succeed in the workplace. In recent years students have been able to take placement opportunities with the BBC, Fiction Factory and Boom Pictures.

The Department has a close working relationship with the Careers Service and a link careers adviser will work with you to support your career development at university and the transition into the workplace. Careers events are held in the department to make students aware of opportunities available to them such as the Year in Employment Scheme (YES). These schemes provide opportunities to gain valuable experience in the workplace and test out your career ideas. 

Many students find employment with film and television companies, working as researchers, editors, floor managers, camera operators, designers or directors. Equally many graduates find employment in a variety of different areas including teaching, administration, marketing public relations, and advertising. Your degree will provide you with excellent inter-personal skills and transferable skills including experience in group work, leadership, planning, budget management and personal motivation.

A language degree opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. Modern linguists are statistically amongst the most employable graduates. Many of our students go on to teach the languages they themselves have learned and a high proportion of our graduates go into administrative and managerial posts. A degree from the European Languages Department is a qualification which opens the door to many professions in Britain, such as the civil service, tourism, social work, librarianship, publishing and broadcasting, and our degrees also take our students across the world.

Your year abroad will set you apart from the majority of graduates, demonstrating your ability to live in a foreign environment, and immerse yourself in a different culture. Alongside this, the university will offer you a range of initiatives to help improve your employability skills. Paid work and work experience opportunities are available in the University and the town, and the Careers Advisory Service are able to assist you in planning your future, putting together a CV, and looking for work during and after your studies. Furthermore, the University’s Personal Development Portfolio, in which you record and reflect on your academic studies, the development of your skills and your plans for the future is a useful way of tracking your progress through your studies, and can help you to decide what career might be suitable for you.

Transferable Skills

In addition to subject specific skills and knowledge, studying for a degree in Film and Television Studies and French will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include the ability to:

  • apply creative, imaginative and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations
  • research, evaluate and organise information
  • structure and communicate ideas effectively in a variety of situations and using a variety of means
  • work independently and with others
  • effectively organise your time and deploy your skills
  • listen to and make use of critical advice
  • be self-motivated and self-disciplined
  • use a range of information technology skills and resources
  • be entrepreneurial in developing projects
  • research and data analysis skills
  • enhanced mathematical and computational skills
  • effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
  • a thorough grounding in information technology skills
  • the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • self-motivation and self-reliance
  • team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

You will be able to gather, assimilate and interpret intellectual and aesthetic material independently and critically, deploying creative and imaginative skills developed through the realisation of individual and group practical and research projects. You will also have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently and creatively through oral, written and visual means to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames with specific resources and to specific deadlines.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn? 

The Film and Television Studies degree schemes have been carefully designed to ensure an integrated academic experience which will enrich and inform the development of your creative, critical and technical skills through innovative practical work and challenging scholarly enquiry.

In the first year, you will be introduced to the study of film and television and will develop your practical skills in all stages of the media production process.

In the second and third years you will continue to develop your production skills and build up expertise in key production techniques. You will also study the specific histories and traditions film and television. In your final year you will have the opportunity to focus on a specific area including experimental media, documentary, narrative fiction or scriptwriting. Alternatively, you may wish to produce an original piece of scholarship, the dissertation, you will have the opportunity to specialise in an area of particular interest to you. 

You may also undertake work experience as part of your course, which will enhance your employability prospects and enable you to gain and reinforce transferable skills.

French is available both for beginners and for advanced students. Beginners follow an intensive course in the first year including guided and independent work in the Language Resource Centre. In the second year beginners and advanced students are taught together.

France is one of Britain’s main economic partners and is Europe’s foremost investor abroad. In French language classes you will consolidate your knowledge of French grammar and will also practise putting that grammar to use in a range of oral and written styles. Our excellent laboratory facilities offer access to live French television programmes as well as a wealth of computer-assisted language-learning exercises, most of which you can access at any time of day for self-study to support your classroom–based learning. Translation is another important skill you will practise regularly, as well as essay- and report-writing.

As a student of French at Aberystwyth you will have a wide variety of modules from which to choose. All of them have been designed to consolidate your knowledge of the culture, language and society of France and the French-speaking world. Modules in French linguistics, contemporary French politics and Business French are available as well as French literature. We currently offer courses on, for example, Images of France through Childhood Memory, The Myth of Paris, Écritures de soi, and Regional Languages and Dialects of France. Staff have published widely on all of these topics.

Your year abroad, which forms your third year of study, may well be the most exciting, enjoyable and rewarding feature of a degree in European Languages. Having to spend a year living independently in a foreign country gives you an edge when it comes to impressing employers, as well as providing you with a memorable experience.

The Department believes in giving students a relatively free choice about the year abroad, although we do of course give you plenty of advice. Many students study at one or more universities. You can study at one university in the winter semester and spend the next semester in a country where your second language is spoken. At the moment we have links with, amongst others, the universities of Rennes, Paris-Sorbonne, Toulouse, Besançon, Nantes, Perpignan and La Rochelle. Or, if you prefer, you can work as an English assistant in a school. Assistantships are popular among those intending to go into the teaching profession, but other students choose them too. Being an assistant has the important benefits of a regular salary every month, daily contact with a large number of people and consequently lots of opportunities for communicating in the foreign language.

You could choose to be in employment, and a good proportion of our students use their own initiative to find themselves employment in one or more foreign countries for a year. There are also various EU-funded schemes which offer work placements abroad, e.g. Comenius or Leonardo. Full details will be made available to you in your second year. Or you can choose a combination of these possibilities, for example studying for one semester and working for one; assistantships are also available for some countries for half-years.

How will I be taught? 

You will be taught through a complementary set of teaching and learning methods and approaches, ranging from formal lectures and seminars to screenings, technical demonstrations and group-based project work. This diversity of activity is an essential part of the Department’s philosophy, and creates a uniquely exciting and productive learning environment.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including group-devised productions, individual film and video projects, research projects, practical analyses, production diaries and creative scriptwriting as well as formal essays and examinations. In addition, supplementary assessment methods such as storyboards, screenplays, pitches, treatments and films are designed to generate a working portfolio of material which you will be able to present to potential employers.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

What I love most about Film and Television Studies is the teaching staff. They are experienced professionals who are dynamic, enthusiastic and most importantly, approachable; it makes learning fun and my confidence has improved as a result. I also enjoy the various modules on offer. The practicals are great as they allow me to experiment with my own ideas but at the same time they teach me valuable skills. My favourite modules so far are Scriptwriting; Imagining the Short; and Writing for Film and Television. I love to write creatively and these modules enable me to develop my imagination. Angela Wendy Rumble

Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University is brilliant. The course has a great atmosphere which you can tell from how well-connected the students and lecturers are. The academic side of the course is illuminating, touching on a wide variety of topics and dealing with each of these in detail, which works well even for those students who want to focus more on the more practical modules. In addition the department provides plenty of opportunities for work experience as well as chances for students to hone their skills out of the classroom with departmental equipment. There is also a well-supported film society. Joe Williams

What I love about Film and Television Studies is the variety of different areas I've had the opportunity to be a part of. Last year I would never have had the confidence or know-how to organise a production team, to make and market short films and to work in a 3 camera studio. What I wanted from Aberystwyth University were the skills to become a film-maker; what I got were practical skills, knowledge of academic debates, and contacts that have given me an insight into the film and television industry. Peter Gosiewski

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB with B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points overall with 5 points in French at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall with 70% in French unless to be studied as a beginner

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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