Key Course Information
A-Level Requirements *
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Professional Year Out
Arts, English and Languages
*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.
Film is arguably the most important mass medium and art form of modern times. Shaping our modes of perception and communication, it is popular in its appeal and radical in its practices. It has transformed our ways of seeing and storytelling, and it influences virtually every aspect of contemporary culture. It is an area of not only immense interest and pleasure, but also practical expertise, innovation, and creativity.
Our Film Studies & Production degree aims to introduce students to the widest possible experience of filmmaking and film culture. It is also characterised by the integration of film production and critical thinking, offering a rich, diverse curriculum based on the main campus, and availing of both a new state-of-the-art film studio, and the Queen's Film Theatre.
Facilities: the Single Honours Film Studies and Production degree uses cutting-edge digital production facilities; we have both off-line and on-line editing suites, utilising software such as Avid Media Composer, DaVinchi Resolve, Nuke for VFX Compositing and Pro Tools. Full high-definition cameras are available, as are substantial lighting and grip kits for location work.
Practical classes are held in a dedicated Film Studio with full broadcast-quality LED lighting using electrically-controlled hoists and green screen.
Additionally, we are an Authorised Avid Learning Partner for Pro Tools and Media Composer, offering certified industry-approved training integrated into the degree.
Module seminars, screenings and lectures take place in the specially-equipped Queen's Film Theatre (QFT), which is also a fully-working cinema, playing host to an extensive programme of international art house and independent films. Students also have access to a large collection of feature films at the McClay Library, alongside an extensive collection of books and periodicals in the fields of cinema, media, and film practice.
Placement: we maintain strong contacts with the local film and media industries (which have been experiencing significant growth in Belfast in recent years) and an industry placement forms an important component of the Single Honours degree.
Industry Links: production teaching is regularly carried out by tutors who are actively involved in film and media production, providing invaluable opportunities to learn first-hand from industry professionals.
Did you know?
Film degrees within the School are ranked 1st in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2017 (Film Production and Photography)
In addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Irish Leaving Certificate: H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3
All applicants: there are no specific subject requirements to study Film Studies. However, if you plan to study Film Studies as a Joint Honours degree you should refer to the subject requirements for the other course.
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:
- English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
How To Apply
How to Apply
Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.
The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.
For candidates applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2015.
Currently there are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February).Those applying for entry in February 2016 should apply prior to 15 January 2015.
Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.
Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.
Course Content (including module information)
Level 1 Single Honours students take modules in Digital Film Production and Non-linear Editing.
Both Single and Joint Honours degrees examine key debates in film history, theory and criticism. Level 1 introduces key Film Studies debates and methods in the contexts of North American and European cinemas.
Level 2 Single Honours offers a substantial amount of film practice with specialist modules in:
- Experimental Film Production
Level 2 modules for both Single and Joint Honours degrees explore a range of national and world cinemas as well as central genres and film forms, such as the documentary and the Western. Key movements and historical moments such as French New Wave, New Hollywood and British and Irish cinema are also explored.
At Level 3, Single Honours students build on their earlier production work to develop a creative film project for exhibition. Students can specialise in documentary or fiction film production. Industry placements are also offered as part of the degree.
All students have the opportunity to examine more specialised areas of the field (eg Third Cinema, Experimental Film), and may also complete a supervised dissertation.
Fees & Scholarships
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.
Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.
Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.
Learning and Teaching
On the BA Film Studies programme we provide a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
- Lectures: introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to year group peers).
- Practicals: where you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to practical film industry contexts.
- Seminars/Tutorials: Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-15 students). These provide the opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
- E-Learning technologies: Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are alsoembedded in the degree through, and could include, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in practicals and project-based work etc.
- Self-directed study: This is a vital part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
- Supervised projects: In final year, all students take a double module which provides the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area such as film production and work collaboratively on a film project, to be screened publicly at the end of the semester. You will receive support from a supervisor who will guide you and provide feedback.
Personal Tutor: Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Years 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.
Studying for a Film Studies degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
Film Studies, with its practice and professional components, provides an excellent background for work in film, television and other media and creative industries. A degree in Film Studies can lead to careers in education, training and arts administration as well as offering a wide range of career possibilities including postgraduate study.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Our graduates have gone into a diverse range of careers, including the following:
Claire Campbell (Researcher, BBC NI)
Daniel McCabe (Production Trainee, BBC)
Niall McEvoy, (on set VFX supervisor, HBO, Game of Thrones)
Grace Sweeney (Camera Department, HBO, Game of Thrones)
Michele Devlin, (Director of The Belfast Film Festival)
Further study is also an option, including details of Masters programmes.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullemployability statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.
Assessment & Feedback
Assessment: The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Module Outline Document which is provided to all students.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
- Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
- Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
- Placement employer comments or references.
- Online or emailed comment.
- General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
- Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.
- Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
- Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.
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