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Overview

The Film Studies and Production degree aims to introduce students to
the widest possible experience of filmmaking and film culture through
the integration of film production and critical thinking. Film degrees at
Queen’s were ranked 1st in the 2017 Guardian League Tables.

Film Studies and Production Degree highlights

Film Studies degrees at QUB are rated first in the UK (Guardian University League Tables for Film and Production 2017).

Global Opportunities

  • You will have the opportunity to apply for study abroad for a semester though student exchange on this degree in Europe or North America.

Professional Accreditations

  • Accredited as Avid Authorised Learning Partner for Education, the School of Arts, English and Languages offers industry accredited certification in Media composer and Pro Tools, both industry leading software for film editing and sound postproduction. Coursework for these qualifications are embedded in the coursework of certain modules.

Industry Links

  • Northern Ireland has one of the fastest growing creative industry sectors in the UK economy. Film production teaching is regularly carried out and supervised by tutors who are actively involved in the film and media industry, providing invaluable opportunities to learn first-hand from film and media professionals.
  • Film at Queen’s has close links with a range of independent and community-based film and media production companies as well as BBC (NI), Northern Visions, UTV, and Belfast Film Festival, Screen NI, and the Queen’s Film Theatre.

World Class Facilities

  • Our Film degrees use cutting-edge digital production facilities; we have both offline and online editing suites, with software such as Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, Nuke for VFX Compositing, Fusion 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 Film Studies and Production F electrically-controlled hoists and green screen.

Student Experience

  • We are an Authorised Avid Learning Partner for Pro Tools and Avid Media Composer, offering certified industry-approved training integrated into the degree.
"Something I didn’t expect when I came, was how involved and how passionate, how committed the lecturers were to what they taught and how supportive they were… you’d meet tutors in first year who you were still in contact with in third year."
John Emerson, BA in Film Studies (2014)

Course content

Course Structure

Course Content
The BA in Film Studies and Production is taught through an equal mix of hands-on film production modules and critical film studies modules, with increasing flexibility at Levels 2 and 3. The modules will typically
include (*indicating compulsory module):

Year 1
• Introduction to Film Studies 1*
• Introduction to Film Studies 2*
• Introduction to Film Practice*
• Film Editing*
• Introduction to Visual Studies

Level 1 students also have the opportunity to take one or two approved modules in other subject areas.

Year 2
Compulsory
• Cinematography and/or
• Screenwriting

Optional
• Experimental Practice
• Hollywood Cinema 1
• World Cinemas
• Film Authorship
• Cinema and Modernism
• Documentary Film
• British Cinema: Nation, Identity and Industry
• Screen Industries in Europe (not in programme spec)
• Introduction to Arts Management

Year 3
• Advanced Film Practice 1*
• Advanced Film Practice 2*
• Work Placement
• Dissertation
• Film and Music: Theory and Criticism
• Cinema and Postmodernism
• British Film and Cinema: Decades and Debates
• Contemporary Cinema
• Hollywood Cinema 2

People teaching you

Dr Des O'Rawe
Lecturer in Film Studies
Film Studies and Production
Des works chiefly on comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of film.

Contact Teaching Times

Large Group Teaching
6 (hours maximum)
6 hours of lectures
Medium Group Teaching
6 (hours maximum)
6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Personal Study
24 (hours maximum)
22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, editing lab or studio, etc.
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
2 (hours maximum)
2 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week.

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:

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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 also embedded 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Assessment

The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Module Outline Document which is provided to all students.

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Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments.

Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations.

Feedback

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:

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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.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
BBB

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65%.

All applicants
There are no specific subject requirements to study Film Studies and Production.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application. The information relates to 2017 entry and will be updated for 2018 entry as soon as possible.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for that particular subject or degree programme along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

For last year's intake, applicants for this BA programme must have had, or been able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language). Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed would also have been taken into account and the Selector checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.

The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those candidates taking a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).

The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 8 Merits.

For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. The current entrance requirements are successful completion of the HND with 9 Merits and 7 Passes overall. Any consideration would be for Stage 1 entry only.

Candidates offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits. Where offers were made last year, the standard set was an average of 65%.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of BA degrees, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions and Access Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

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 degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • 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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

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Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
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.

Employment after the Course
Our graduates have gone into a diverse range of careers, including the following:Our graduates have gone into a diverse range of careers, including the following:
Lauren McGuigan (Assistant Editor, Yellow Moon)
Alastair Livesley (Sub-Editor at Virgin Media Presents)
Stephanie Fitzsimons (Trainee Associate at PwC)
Daniel McCabe (Sound Trainee, HBO)
Niall McEvoy, (on set VFX supervisor, HBO, Game of Thrones)
Grace Sweeney (Camera Department, HBO, Game of Thrones)
Maria Murphy (Assistant Producer, Below the Radar)
Aaron Bell (Online Assistant at ‘Fifty Fifty Post’)
Chris McGeown (Content Delivery Operator at BBC)
Michele Devlin, (Director of The Belfast Film Festival)
Genevieve Ewing (Business Consultant at CSG The Global Talent Experts)
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Employment Links
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.

Professional Opportunities
Film at Queen’s has built up extensive industry partnerships with local film production companies, which have
been experiencing significant growth in recent years. Industry placement forms an important component of the Single Honours degree at Level 3.

What employers say

"Embedded throughout this course are the skills we employers are looking for in film graduates. We have seen the success of good students from this film programme and what they are capable of at this early stage of their professional lives. It’s one of the reasons our company supported the work placement option."

David Kilpatrick, Producer/Owner Clean Slate Productions

Additional Awards Gained

Avid Certified Professional (Media Composer)

Prizes and Awards

Students across the department recently won 4 Royal Television Society student awards at both local and national level.

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be based on 2017-18 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,030
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
Other (non-UK) EU £4,030
International £15,100

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

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Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Film Studies and Production costs

Students are occasionally required to purchase tickets for performances. This is estimated at a maximim of £100 per year. Students may also incur some costs on props or costumes, but these are discouraged as the School will be able to provide these (or similar) in most cases.

How do I fund my study?

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.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

How and When to Apply

How to Apply

Application 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 2018 from 1 September 2017.

Advisory closing date: 15 January 2018 (18:00).

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.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

Apply via UCAS
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

  1. Applying through UCAS
    Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2018.
  2. Applying direct
    The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
  3. Applying through agents and partners
    The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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