Welsh / Film and Television Studies

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By choosing to study BA Welsh and Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University, you will study in two highly renowned departments that are innovative in their teaching and research. They are the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. The two departments offer a wide range of choices to students, staff expertise and up-to-date facilities. They combine creative and critical methods to teach their disciplines through innovative practical work and challenging academic research.

Course Overview

Why study Welsh and Film and Television at Aberystwyth University?

  • You will join two lively and creative departments: the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies which leads the sector in fields such as creative writing, Welsh in the professional workplace and translation services, and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies where drama and theatre, film and media, scenography and theatre design collide.
  • The standard of research and teaching in both departments is of the highest possible standard.
  • This degree scheme consists of pathways for Second Language and First Language students on the Welsh elements of the course.
  • You can take advantage of our connections with key partners in the industry, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company and National Theatre Wales. You will also be able to use our fantastic resources and facilities for practical work: three practice studios with flexible technical resources in each one; two studios with professional equipment and digital rig lighting controlled by the ETC Congo and Strand Lighting, Yamaha and Soundcraft PAs, Sanyo AV systems and costume facilities.
  • You will benefit from our close connections with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the biggest Arts Centres in Wales, which presents Welsh plays, evenings that celebrate Welsh literature, dance shows and many other events.
  • In Aberystwyth you can live through the medium of Welsh and enjoy the social life of the Welsh society here. Join the union for Welsh-speaking students at Aberystwyth (UMCA), come to live in Pantycelyn Hall, go on the Geltaidd’s rugby trips, join the Pantycelyn choir and go to nights out such as Gwobrau Selar. 
Our Staff

All academic staff in the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies are research active scholars and experts in their chosen fields of study, including the study of languages and literatures as well as creative writing.

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 degree in Welsh and Film and Television?

Many of our students have been successful in securing work in the following fields:

  • directing
  • designing
  • scriptwriting
  • teaching and education
  • Arts administration
  • marketing
  • management
  • public relations.

 What skills will I gain from this degree?

 Employability is an essential element of all our activities.

 Students studying Film and Television Studies will nurture the following valuable skills that are valued by employers. These include:

  • working effectively in groups to develop, practice and produce live events
  • using creative, imaginative and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations
  • researching, evaluating and arranging information
  • communicating ideas effectively and logically in various situations, using a variety of methods
  • working independently and collaboratively
  • managing your time effectively and using your skills
  • listening to constructive advice, and using it
  • motivating yourself and being self-disciplined
  • using a range of IT skills and resources
  • being entrepreneurial while developing cultural projects.  

What opportunities are available for work experience while you study?

Click here to learn about the different opportunities that the Aberystwyth University Careers Team offers.

Improve your employability opportunities with Go Wales and our Year in Employment Scheme which are run by our Careers Service. 

Course Content

What will I learn?  

The summary below will give you an idea of what you may study during this three-year degree course.

In your first year you will discover:

  • introductory modules on Film and Television - designing, thinking, and learning about its history
  • the aspects of Welsh that interest you most
  • a variety of literary periods and other aspects of the subject so that you can put together your own unique combination of modules in the second and third year.
  • contemporary approaches to constructing theatre in the studio and on placement
  • key periods, customs and historical methods in drama and theatre
  • a choice of modules that include British cinema, classic Hollywood cinema and the media.

In your second year you will explore:

  • designing contemporary theatre through practical, historical and theoretical methods
  • other language modules to further develop your confidence.

You will also choose from a wide range of modules that are available in the two departments which include:

  • production work on a large scale
  • developing skills in studio production, documentary programmes, scriptwriting for film and television
  • the development of modern European theatre
  • Shakespeare in contemporary performances
  • theatre and contemporary society
  • new Media and creating performances.

In your final year, you will get the opportunity to:

  • create an independent piece of creative work
  • undertake a large research project and advanced theoretical studies
  • extend your skills through independent and collaborative production projects
  • develop your entrepreneurial skills by producing and curating cultural events
  • write your own drama script
  • study specialist modules that may discuss: space, place and landscape, performance and philosophy, performance, politics and protest, theatre, gender and sexuality, performance and architecture, new music theatre and British and Irish contemporary drama.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through practical workshops, seminars for small groups, lectures, production projects and project work in groups.

We use a variety of methods in our teaching, by questioning theory through practical exploration and looking at things through the lens of various theoretical points of view.

You will be assessed through formal essays and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities.

A personal tutor will be allocated to you for the duration of your degree scheme, and will help you with any academic or personal problems or enquiries. You can contact your personal tutor at any time for assistance and advice.

Student Testimonials

Ers gadael y Brifysgol yn Aberystwyth rydw i nawr yn gweithio ar raglenni plant i gwmni teledu Boomerang yng Nghaerdydd. Roeddwn i wastad wedi bod eisiau gweithio yn y cyfryngau, felly roedd y dewis i astudio ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth yn un hawdd. Dros y tair blynedd, bues yn ffodus iawn i ddysgu gan ddarlithwyr profiadol, deallus, a oedd o hyd yn barod i helpu, ac fe gafon ni dipyn o hwyl drwy gydol y cwrs. Cefais gyfle i ddefnyddio amrywiaeth eang o offer modern a oedd yn golygu fod gennyf y gallu a’r ddealltwriaeth i weithio gyda’r offer diweddaraf wrth fynd allan i’r byd mawr i chwilio am waith. Mae Aberystwyth yn sicr yn le hoffus iawn i astudio, ac nid yn unig y mae’r cwrs wedi ei gynllunio mewn ffordd sy’n rhoi’r cyfle i bobl astudio pob agwedd ar fyd teledu, ond mae hefyd yn rhoi’r gallu i’r unigolyn adeiladu’r cwrs mewn modd sy’n caniatáu iddyn nhw ddysgu’r sgiliau priodol sydd o ddiddordeb iddyn nhw. Rhywbeth sydd wedi bod o help mawr i mi yn bersonol ydy’r ffaith fod gan yr Adran yn Aberystwyth gysylltiadau da â chwmni teledu Boomerang, a oedd yn golygu fod nifer o’r myfyrwyr, yn cynnwys fi, wedi cael y cyfle i wneud profiad gwaith gyda’r cwmni, yn enwedig tra roeddynt yn defnyddio stiwdio o fewn ein Adran i recordio rhaglenni. Golygodd hyn i Boomerang gynnig swydd i mi yn syth wedi gadael Aberystwyth. Felly rydw i’n hynod o ddiolchgar i’r Adran, a’r darlithwyr am y cyfleodd y maent wedi’u rhoi i mi. Mi wnes i fwynhau pob eiliad o fy amser yn Aberystwyth, ac mae wir yn lle sy’n cynnig bywyd myfyriwr anhygoel, heb sôn am roi’r profiad a’r ddealltwriaeth sydd angen ar fyfyrwyr i ddechrau ar eu gyrfa. Byddwn yn argymell i unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb yn y maes i ystyried y cwrs yma o ddifri. Nathan Ifans

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC gan gynnwys Cymraeg Iaith Gyntaf neu Ail Iaith (gradd B)

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM, plus B in A level Welsh 1st or 2nd Language

International Baccalaureate:
30-28, plus B in A level Welsh 1st or 2nd Language

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall, plus B in A level Welsh 1st or 2nd Language

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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