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Undergraduate

BA/BA (Hons) Film and Media

You will learn practical production skills and have your critical thinking faculties sharpened to a fine point. This eclectic and inspiring course will give you the expertise to succeed in a variety of careers.

The film and media that we create and consume reflects our individual identities, our local and national cultures and the political players on the global stage. Our film and media degree will help you examine these topics using rigorous academic discipline and practical production techniques. Graduates are well equipped for careers in the creative industries and beyond.

Why QMU?

  • Learn from staff with international film-making experience.
    Staff member Walid Salhab’s Kelpies film, for example, premièred in New York as part of Scotland Week.
  • Our BA/BA (Hons) Film and Media offers a unique opportunity to study the forces that shape the media, and gives you the practical skills to make a difference.
  • See your work on the big screen, a selection of students’ films are screened annually at an end-of-year show at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.
  • You’ll learn in our specialist on-campus facilities including digital editing suites 
  • Students have access to the Business Innovation Zone and many of our students have gone on to create their own companies.

About the course

On this course you will study film as an artistic and commercial enterprise, as well as various media institutions and the debates surrounding them. You will engage in deep critical thinking about culture, media and society as a whole.
You will also develop real-world technical skills in video and media production, teamwork, academic research, project management and a variety of forms of communication.

Modules in the first two years will introduce you to key developments in film and media, and key concepts in film and media studies, including the emergence of cinema and the establishment of national broadcasting systems, and concepts such as narrative, popular culture and citizenship.

In Years Three and Four you choose specialist film and media options in, for example, television drama, screenwriting and photography. You can spend a semester in Year Three studying abroad with one of our exchange partners (subject to availability).

In Year Four you complete a written or production dissertation. Production dissertations can be in film, photography or screenwriting. You can choose a group production dissertation that adds another dimension if you want to specialise in a particular production role such as director, writer or editor.

Structure

You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined.

Modules

Year One

  • Studying Cinema
  • Media Analysis
  • Studying Media and Communications
  • Media and Communications Industries
  • Media Production: Skills and Techniques
  • Media Production: Video Project

Year Two

  • Film Genre Popular Media Cultures
  • Disruption in the Media and Cultural Industries
  • Media Production: Storytelling
  • Media Production: Online Journalism
  • Media Client Project

Year Three

  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Global Film Cultures
  • Media, Politics and Culture
  • Developing a Research Project
  • plus two options

Year Four

  • Dissertation
  • Modernity on Screen
  • Film and Family
  • plus three options

Years Three and Four options may include:

  • Communicating in Organisational Settings
  • Communication, Arts and Activism
  • Experiential Learning Placement
  • Film Festivals
  • Global Journalism
  • Photography and Visual Culture
  • Photography Practice
  • Playwriting
  • Playwriting 2
  • Political Communication
  • Popular Music
  • Radio and Audio Media
  • Reputation Issues and Crisis Management
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
  • Scotland on Screen
  • Screenwriting
  • International PR
  • Student Initiated Module
  • Television Drama
  • The American West in Popular Culture
  • The Video Essay
  • Video Production
  • The Only Way is Ethics

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check back here for any updates.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and in practical workshops. We have superb on-campus resources, and media production equipment, including a recently-upgraded film editing suite and dedicated production and photography area equipped with a green screen and on-site lighting equipment. You will be assessed in a wide array of ways across the course, including presentations, reflective diaries, blogs, videos, essays and some written exams.

Below you can read about Teaching and Learning Activities and Assessment Activities. We believe this will give you a good indication of what the course will be like, but the exact balance of activities may differ depending on the academic year and on the modules you choose.

Teaching and learning activities

Our Teaching and Learning Activities are focused on building your confidence, developing your problem-solving skills and preparing you for a successful career. Here you can read about how much time you should expect to spend undertaking these activities for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and in some cases practical workshops or laboratories. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

  • Year One: 14%
  • Year Two: 14%
  • Year Three: 14%
  • Year Four: 11%

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. You independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the Hub.

  • Year One: 86%
  • Year Two: 86%
  • Year Three: 86%
  • Year Four: 89%

Placement

Courses with placements give you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to observe and work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. Some courses offer placement opportunities in the UK and overseas.

  • Year One: 0%
  • Year Two: 0%
  • Year Three: 0%
  • Year Four: 0%

Assessment Activities

Assessment Activities provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject and receive feedback on your performance. Here you can read about how much of your final mark is based on each type of formal assessment for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

Exams

Assessment by written examinations normally takes place at the end of each module or semester, but they may also happen during modules.

  • Year One: 0%
  • Year Two: 0%
  • Year Three: 0%
  • Year Four: 0%

Coursework

Coursework assessments take place in a variety of ways, including assignments, essays, reports, portfolios, project output and your level 4 Honours project. We aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 20 working days of the submission date.

  • Year One: 68%
  • Year Two: 65%
  • Year Three: 95%
  • Year Four: 88%

Practical

Practical assessments can include oral presentations, performance, practical skills assessment, costume design and construction, film making, lab work or clinical practical skills depending on the nature of the course.

  • Year One: 32%
  • Year Two: 35%
  • Year Three: 5%
  • Year Four: 12%

NB This data is based on activity undertaken by students during academic year 2018/9. Updates will be made shortly.  

 

Placements

N/A

Exchange opportunities

In Year Three you have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, see Exchanges and Study Abroad.

On December 24th 2020, the UK Government announced that as an outcome of Brexit negotiations, the United Kingdom would not be seeking to participate in the Erasmus+ successor programme.

From 2022/23 Queen Margaret University will no longer operate under the Erasmus+ scheme. Over the coming year we will be working with new and existing partners on study abroad and exchange opportunities for the 2022/23 academic year and beyond.

Careers

You will graduate as a critical maker and consumer of media. You will be technically competent in the field, with rounded practical skills and ready to succeed in the career of your choice. Our graduates are making names for themselves in film and television production, media research, PhD and academic research, public relations, marketing, advertising, arts and cultural management. Employers including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Channel 4 and the Leith Agency have snapped up their skills and attitude.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - BBBB, Minimum - BBCC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: English, Media Studies, or Film Studies preferred at Higher/A level or equivalent. English required and Maths preferred at Nat 5/GCSE.

Mature/Access: Related Access course, see: www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and/or experience.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC in a related subject with B in the graded unit
  • Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher
  • A Level: BBB in relevant subjects

Year Three

  • HND in a related subject with CB in the graded units

For details of related HNC and HND courses, see: www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications.

 

Associate student places

N/A

Professional registration/ accreditation

N/A

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

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Please note: 

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

Duration
3 or 4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022
Location
On campus
Study Abroad
Yes
School
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Division
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
P303

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