Experienced and expert staff complemented by practitioners in the field
Expansive course that investigates a wide range of films from around the world
Strong links with the cultural industries, particularly those involved in film distribution and exhibition
Since the introduction of cinema, film has been used as a unique platform to educate, entertain and inspire its audiences. This course is about taking films seriously, discovering the industry from a number of perspectives and projecting its future.
By focusing on the broader study of film history, aesthetics and theory, you will examine a range of critical approaches to film, investigating developments in American and British cinema from their origins to the present day and discovering how cinema has become a significant part of our culture as a major entertainment industry.
You will research and analyse key films and film movements in cinema, deepen your understanding of film and make presentations of your findings. You’ll gain an academic, intellectual and practical understanding of one of the world’s most popular forms of mass entertainment and study work-related themes such as film distribution, exhibition and film journalism.
The course has strong links to the local culture industries, in particular: Cornerhouse/HOME, Greater Manchester Arts Centre; The Salford Film Festival, and the Viva: Spanish and Latin American Film Festival. This will give you an insight into the practicalities of film distribution and exhibition through work placement opportunities. Graduates of this course have gone on to work in a number of filmrelated careers such as film journalism, cinema administration, cinema programming and film festival organisation.
Through a series of core modules, Year One will take you through the history of cinema from its origins to the present day. It will also examine a range of critical approaches to film and investigate the world’s most powerful film industry: Hollywood.
The first part of Year Two will extend your basic knowledge and understanding of cinema through core modules that focus on areas such as British cinema, Asian cinema and contemporary Hollywood. In the second part of the year, you will have the opportunity to build upon your knowledge and understanding by pursuing modules that reflect the expertise of Salford’s Film Studies teaching staff, these may include: Comedy and British Cinema, Film Journalism and Genre.
The final year offers you the opportunity to specialise further by choosing from industry-focused modules such as Film Distribution and Exhibition or more traditional subjects such as Regional Filmmaking, Film and Theory or British Television Drama. All final year students will also complete a dissertation.
Three options from the following:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||104 - 120 points|
|GCE A level||Film Studies or Media Studies preferred but not essential. General Studies accepted only with two other A levels.|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|Scottish Highers||104 - 120 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||120 points|
|Access to HE||104-120 UCAS Tariff points from Level 3 QAA approved Access programme in relevant subjects.|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
You will have an inquisitive nature and an ability to think critically about the world around you. Alongside that, a keen interest in cinema from a variety of contexts including both mainstream and less well-known films is essential.
This course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. These will be complemented by screenings, cinema visits and talks by visiting experts from outside the University.
Throughout the course you will be assessed by:
This course will provide you with the opportunity to find out about a number of film-related careers such as film journalism, cinema administration, cinema programming and organising film festivals.
A degree in Film Studies will also provide a grounding that could lead to a job in the wider field of arts administration or enable you to embark upon teacher training. Some students who have completed a critical course such as Film Studies go on to do a more practically-based postgraduate or training course.
The course has strong links to the local culture industries, in particular: Cornerhouse, Greater Manchester Arts Centre; The Salford Film Festival, and the Viva: Spanish and Latin American Film Festival. This gives those on the course an insight into the practicalities of film distribution and exhibition.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time