Film and Television, B.A.

Film and Television, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
The University of Bristol has a longstanding reputation for innovation and excellence in the study of film and television. In the late 1960s, Professor George Brandt introduced film and television studies to the drama curriculum, making Bristol the first university in the country to do so.


In our Department of Film and Television, guided by leading scholars and practitioners, you will explore the history of film and television, consider theoretical perspectives and engage in practice-based activities.

As well as being trained in scholarly investigation and critical thinking, you will work collaboratively in groups and develop practical skills relevant to employment in the creative industries.

Why study Film and Television at Bristol?

Bristol is distinctive for the way in which we blend historical and theoretical study with practice-based investigations of film and television. You will have the opportunity to develop and extend your interests across a broad spectrum of subjects and approaches and through a variety of teaching methods.

Units include an introduction to analysing film and television, as well as exploring significant historical movements, contemporary practices and the theoretical concepts that underpin, inform and shape film and television.

During the course, you will use our editing suites, cameras and filmmaking equipment. Facilities and production resources include an on-site cinema, Final Cut Pro Edit Suites, Panasonic HVX HD cameras, sound mixers and animation suites.

We have strong and dynamic links with a range of film festivals, media archives, arts centres and media companies. We also have a lively postgraduate community and many of our students have gone on to study our MA courses and research degrees.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Introduction to Film and Television studies
  • Production Skills for Film
  • Close-Up on Film
  • Close-Up on Television
  • Adapting the Text
  • Filmmaking through Hitchcock
  • Criticism in the Arts
Second year
  • Film History to 1960
  • Film and Television History, 1960 to the present
  • Plus a choice of four from the following units (indicative):
    • Television Broadcasting
    • Animated Film
    • Screen Technologies: Colour
    • Hollywood Cinema History
    • Film and Television Comedy
    • Documentary Histories and Practices
Third year
  • A choice of three from the following units (indicative):
    • Contemporary Hollywood
    • Film Criticism
    • Global Cinema/Local Stories
    • Digital Filmmaking
    • Television and Everyday Life
    • Extended Written Dissertation
  • Independent study through the following:
    • Practical Project
    • Written Dissertation
    • Placement in a creative industry.


This subject is suitable for those with an interest in and passion for film and television. You will study these areas in an academic context and engage creatively with the practice of filmmaking.

Our courses offer a combination of conceptual, historical and practical study, and would be particularly suitable for those who wish to develop a deep understanding of film and television, alongside developing skills in filmmaking, through a rigorous and multifaceted degree.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB no specific subjects required.
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit
  • SQA: SH: AAABB and AH: AB
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 80% overall
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: no specific subjects required.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
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