In choosing to study a degree in Film and Television Studies with integrated Foundation Year, you'll be immersing yourself in a rigorous and challenging discipline combining both practical and theoretic components.
The Department works closely with the BBC, S4C and Boomerang+ Plc. With a focus on developing the essential competencies and capabilities demanded by the key industry employers, the degree will provide you with the skills and attributes required in the discipline. In addition, you'll be taught in one of the UK's pre-eminent facilities by enthusiastic and dedicated staff.
The integrated foundation year - designed for prospective students who do not have a sufficient or relevant academic background - is the perfect option to access this highly-sort scheme. In the Foundation Year, you will be brought up to speed on the fundamentals of Film and Television Studies, providing a solid base for you to go on and enjoy the full undergraduate degree.
Student Satisfaction and Employability Results
Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Drama and Dance (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
95% of students agree staff are good at explaining things in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. (NSS 2019)
98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)
Following the foundation year, the syllabus of this course is identical to its sister course [Film and Television Studies, W620].
Why study Film & Television Studies at Aberystwyth?
- You will be taught and mentored by a team of internationally known designers and experts;
- We are a vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide;
- All students benefit from our complementary learning experiences where theory and practice are designed to feed into each other;
- As a department, students benefit from our connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, BAFTA, Avid and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. These creative partners provide an excellent opportunity to network and liaise with those in the industry before graduation;
- Students in the department have access to our superb facilities and resources for practical work: three rehearsal studios, each with flexible technical facilities; 2 large professionally-equipped studios with digital lighting rigs controlled via ETC Congo and Strand Lighting consoles, Yamaha and Soundcraft PAs, Sanyo AV systems and Strand lighting and two NXAMP; and costume and wardrobe facilities;
- On our campus and situated next door to the Arts Centre is one of the largest Arts Centres in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work;
- Aberystwyth University is known for having a large number of clubs and societies, so be assured that your time will be occupied with your studies and taking part in your chosen club/society's activities. The University has a large and energetic drama society, come and say hello during a visit to Aberystwyth;
- If you're looking for an experience beyond Aberystwyth, all students will have the opportunity to take part in a study abroad placement with one of our partnered Universities in Europe through the Erasmus + programme and some further afield through our International Exchange programme. Find out where your adventure could take you!
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.
What can I do with a Film and Television Studies degree?
Many of our graduates have been successful in finding employment in these fields:
- Researchers, editors, floor managers, camera operators, designers and directors for film and television production companies;
- Film distribution;
- Freelance film-making;
- Marketing and Public Relations;
- Film festival programming;
- Arts administration;
What skills do I gain from this degree?
Students in our department gain the following transferable skills that are sought after 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 cultural projects.
Are there any work experience opportunities whilst studying?
- The department has strong partnerships and connections with many organisations e.g., the BBC, Fiction Factory and Boom Pictures, with who our students have been offered work placements.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four-year degree scheme.
In the first foundation year, you will be introduced to core components of Film and Television Studies.
In your second year you will take:
- Core introductory modules in the history, theory, and analysis of film and television products.
- Practical modules that develop skills in all stages of the production process: scriptwriting, shooting, directing, and final editing.
- A choice of modules: Movements in Film History, Studying Communication, and Studying Media.
In your third year, you will have the opportunity to:
- Develop skills in studio production, documentary filmmaking and writing for film and television.
- Gain knowledge and key critical skills in a range of complementary theoretical modules that span Hollywood cinema, documentary filmmaking, art cinema and contemporary issues in digital culture.
- Increase your employability prospects and transferrable skills through the compulsory work placement module.
In your final year you will be able to:
- Specialise in documentary production, fiction film, experimental media or scriptwriting and build advanced skills in this area.
- Study specialist subject areas that deal with histories of technology, experimental film, cult cinema, television and society in the 20th Century, and stardom.
- Embark on an independent research project, leading to a dissertation on a film and television-related topic of your choice.
- Benefit from extensive support and guidance whatever pathway you decide on.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught through a variety of lectures, seminars, screenings, technical demonstrations, and group-based project work. The diversity of activity is essential part of our philosophy, and creates a uniquely exciting and productive learning environment.
How will I be assessed?
We assess our students through:
- Group devised productions;
- Individual film and video projects;
- Practical analyses;
- Production diaries and creative scriptwriting;
- Formal essays and examinations;
- Reflective journals, blogs, Wikis;
- Seminar presentations.
Additional assessments may include:
All of these materials you could use to generate a working portfolio to present to potential employers.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme, 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.
Typical Entry Requirements
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
BTEC National Diploma:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org