The Film Studies and Production degree at Queen’s aims to introduce you to the widest possible experience of film production and culture through the integration of filmmaking and critical thinking. You will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in digital production, screenwriting, directing, and sound design. Throughout the programme your practice-based learning is framed by the study of film concepts, critical contexts, and current industrial practices. This approach encourages our students to become critical practitioners with ideas and positions that can be articulated effectively in the language of film and digital media, allowing them to specialise in specific areas and enhance their employability potential within the media and creative industries sector.
Film Studies and Production degrees at Queen's were rated first in the UK (Guardian University League Tables for Film and Production 2017).
"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
|Introduction||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):
|Stage 1||• Introduction to Film Studies 1*|
• Introduction to Film Studies 2*
• Introduction to Film Practice*
• Editing for Film and Television*
• Visual Studies: Theory and Practice
Level 1 students also have the opportunity to take one or two approved modules in other subject areas.
|Stage 2||• Cinematography*|
• Documentary Film Studies
• Experimental Practice
• Hollywood Cinema 1
• World Cinemas
• Cinema and Modernism
• Documentary Film Studies
• British Cinema: Nation, Identity and Industry
• Screen Industries in Europe
• Introduction to Arts Management
• Film Sound Design
Students may also be able to take some modules from the BA Broadcast Production programme.
|Stage 3||• Advanced Film Practice 1*|
• Advanced Film Practice 2*
• Work-based Learning (Placement)
• Film and Music: Theory and Criticism
• Film Authorship
• Cinema and Postmodernism
• Contemporary Cinema
• Hollywood Cinema 2
• Film and Animation
Students may also be able to take some modules from the BA Broadcast Production programme.
Film Studies and Production
|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.
On the BA Film Studies and Production 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:
How 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.
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:
Practical classes are held in a dedicated Film Studio with full broadcast-quality LED lighting using electrically controlled hoists and green screen.
|A level requirements|
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65%.
There are no specific subject requirements to study Film Studies and Production.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
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 entry to Film Studies and Production last year, offers were initially made to those who achieved at least three GCSE passes at grade B or above plus three GCSE passes at grade C or above, to include English Language. The final threshold varies from year to year depending on competition for places and, last year, offers were made to applicants with two grade Bs plus three grade Cs at GCSE (including 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 two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.
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, applicants must have good grades in the first year of their HND. 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 (email@example.com), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
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.
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.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Studying for a Film Studies and Production 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 and Production, with its practice and professional components, provides an excellent background for work in film, television and other broadcast media and creative industries. A degree in Film Studies and Production 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:
Lauren McGuigan (Assistant Editor, Yellow Moon)
Alastair Livesley (Sub-Editor at Virgin Media Presents)
Stephanie Fitzsimons (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)
Film Studies and Production, 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 and Production can lead to careers in education, training and arts administration as well as offering a wide range of career possibilities including postgraduate study.
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.
"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
Students are required to purchase the Avid Certified Professional (Media Composer) workbooks. These will be available for purchase in the School at approximately £30.00.
Students across the department regularly win Royal Television Society (RTS) and other student awards at both local and national level. Every year there are School prizes for the highest overall mark in this subject.
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.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,275|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||£4,275|
Tuition fees for 2020-21 have not been set. Those quoted above are for students commencing study in 2019-20. These will be subject to an increase for students commencing study in 2020-21.
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.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit
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.
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
An Avid Authorised Training Manual for Media Composer is required at Level 1 at a cost of approximately £45. Film Production will provide all of the film, sound, media equipment and editing suites needed. Students are not expected to purchase their own camera, microphones, laptop or editing software.
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/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
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/students.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2020 from 1 September 2019.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (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.
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Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/
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