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Study Film & Television abroad

About this subject

  • About this subject
  • Is this the course for me?
  • Careers prospects
  • Studying Film & Television
  • Where to study

Film and Television Studies refers to the academic discipline involved in the study of film, TV and cinema; from its production to its criticism. As a subject film & television studies is a fairly recent degree programme, given that the film industry has only thrived over the past 100 years. Initially, when films were produced and shown in 1880s, they were carnival-esque in style and were accompanied by full – scale orchestra’s as opposed to dialogue.

These days technology has advanced to such an extent that simple films and TV programmes can be made on a low budget with basic technology – even mobile phones. Directors are also increasingly able to showcase their creativity through the development of CGI and 3D camera technology. The possibilities are endless.

Is this the course for me?

Are you passionate about Film & Television? Do you have a firm understanding of what constitutes a great film? Would you like to learn more about the history of the film & television industry and where it’s heading in the future? If so, then perhaps studying for a degree in film & television studies would be a good idea.

However, it is also important that those who decide to study Film & Television Studies as a degree subject have strong analytical skills. As a key part of the course you will not only be required to watch and potentially make fantastic films, but you will be able to identify the leading features of key genres and place them within a social and historical context.

Careers prospects

As well as learning the practical skills behind how to make and produce strong works of Film and Television, you will have developed skills in research, project management and communication all of which will make you desirable to potential employers.

There are a wide range of occupational careers available to Film & Television studies graduates. Many people with a degree in this field find work within the film industry as assistants on film sets or work on multi-media arts pieces of their own.

Similarly, many Film & Television graduates opt to work within production companies or with large TV networks such as Sky, ITV, BBC or channel 4 as research assistants. It is also possible to use your Film Studies degree to pursue roles within the marketing, advertising and on-line industries or to develop a career working as a journalist.

For those students who wish to further specialise, there is the option to study subjects such as directing and script-writing as well as acting to a post-graduate level.

Studying Film & Television

The majority of graduate Film & Television courses will last a minimum of a year and undergraduate film-related courses last for a minimum of 3. Course content will be both practical and theoretical in content. From the narrative structure of a successful story to the history of Hollywood musicals, you will be expected to study a wide range of subjects, so a previous knowledge of the Film & Television industry or film-making process will be beneficial to your studies

However, most Universities do not specify that any of your A-level subjects or previous qualifications have to be in Film & Television studies, although this will strengthen your application. Different establishments will require students to have different grades but most will expect applicants to have at least 3 A-levels for a BA (hons) qualification or a 2:1 degree for any postgraduate course.

In addition, those who do not speak English as a native language will be expected to sit an IELTS test and score a minimum of 6.0.

Where to study

Your studies at University will inevitably equip you with the skills requires to enter a career within the Film & Television industry, but these alone will not get you the job of your dreams. The Film & Television industry is one where practical experience and contacts will give your career a significant boost. Try and look for a University that has a strong reputation and has cultivated links within the Film & Television industry as it will be easier to find work placements and meet potential employers.

When choosing a Film & Television Studies course you might want to question which areas of study you find most interesting and does your choice of university teach modules that reflect your interests. Whether you want to study directing and writing or the history of British film, there’s a range of courses available that will suit each graduate’s taste. This should be one of your primary concerns as no matter how prestigious your course, it is important to be happy with the course content.

Of course, your own personal happiness is also paramount when deciding where to study. If you’re an outgoing individual who loves new experiences, then try and study in the heart of a larger community where there is always something happening. Smaller Universities will be more suited to personalities who prefer to socialise in smaller communities.

Of course fees and academic grades should also come into consideration when deciding where to study.  Many of the prestigious universities expect applicants to have a top level grades. Do your predicted grades match these requirements?

Are you are struggling with fees? Still applying for funding? If so there are a number of bursaries and scholarships available for students.

What Film & Television courses are there?


Film / Video / Television Production


Film / Video Production


Television Programme Production


Special Effects (Film/Video)

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