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UCAS Code: Combined Honours only – see combinations tab|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply
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Film and Visual Culture is an intellectually stretching, stimulating and challenging degree that probes social issues and confronts inequalities and prejudices such as race, class, and gender through their representation in national and international films throughout history.

Critical practice on the degree enables you to study the history, theory and contemporary subject of film, whilst having the opportunity to apply this understanding to creative practice in the fields of screenwriting, filmmaking (drama and documentary), photography and animation. You will graduate with a degree underpinned by academic rigour, but with the transferable skills needed if you intend to work in the creative industries.

The degree is taught by leading international scholars and practitioners and are supported by outstanding library resources and practical equipment. Extra curricula activities support the curriculum whilst widening critical and creative horizons. These include fieldtrips to the national Museum of the Moving image, and a London fieldtrip, which in recent years included a visit to the Media Department at the Ministry of Defence, and photographic exhibitions at Tate Britain.


Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which have typically no more than 10 students. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week, as well as regular local and national fieldtrips.

For the Film and Visual Culture part of your Combined Honours degree, you will have approximately 6 teaching hours each week in your first year, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend around 14 hours studying independently each week, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.


Throughout your three years of study, you will have a number of assessments including written exams and essays. In your first two years, there is a focus on practical assessments of practice-based portfolios, and in your final year, you complete a dissertation. For all assessments, you will receive detailed written feedback by the course tutor. You will also be given the opportunity to discuss the work and feedback in a one to one meeting with the course tutor.


Your first two years you study two main strands: film history and theory, and practical work. In your final year, you have a choice of topics to study. 


Film History and Theory

Your first year builds your knowledge of the key themes that underpin Film and Visual Culture. You will look at film as social practice, as well as how to read films. You study the classical Hollywood studio system, and will learn about the auteur and genre theories. You will also explore a number of representations in film, including women, masculinity, sexualities, race and class. Finally, you will study stardom.

Practical Work

By the end of the first year, you will have gained a broad understanding of and will be competent in animation, photography and filmmaking.


Film History and Theory

Your second years builds your knowledge and covers topics such as German expressionism, French surrealism and poetic realism. You will explore the soviet montage and will look at Liverpool on film and TV. You study American film from post-World War Two right up to the 1980s, and will also look at Italian neo-realism.

Finally, you study British film from 1960s-1970s, and will explore the British new wave of film.

Practical Work

By the end of your second year, you will have developed your skills further in animation and photography, and will have gained knowledge about filming a news bulletin.


In you final year, you study the cinematic years 1967-1980 in their political and cultural context, as well as world cinema. In addition, you will choose one topic to study in depth from either film history and theory or a practical workshop (specialising in photography, animation, or filmmaking). You also complete a research project on a topic of your choice.


UCAS Tariff Points120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements


Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5


Graduates of Film and Visual Culture have gone on to have careers in teaching, film journalism, cinema management, and film and television studio researcher. Other careers include screenwriters, producers and directors, and often graduates establish their own companies.

Some graduates also go on to postgraduate study to further their knowledge.


Work Placement Opportunities

During your degree, you may have the opportunity to work in the creative industries through links the department has with a variety of local businesses. For example, students have recently completed filming for the Warrington Peace Centre using department equipment in an event co-organised by the Head of Media at Hope and a BBC journalist who also teaches Journalism to Media students at Hope. These activities build your CV and portfolio before you graduate. 


The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.

Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.


You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.


We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.


The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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