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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BA (Hons) Film & Television Studies with Employment Experience

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Film & Television Studies with Employment Experience Programme codeUFA4EGLEGL17
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2024/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BA (Hons) Film & Television Studies with Employment Experience programme offers the opportunity to study an exciting range of film and television from different periods and international contexts; you will watch films from American, European, and other World cinemas, as well as learning about the trends and technologies of television. You will gain a deep and wide ranging knowledge of film and television as cultural, social, industrial and global phenomena and familiarity with different conceptual and theoretical approaches to them. The range of materials studied will equip you to understand the complex histories of these media as well as how important issues of cultural difference are raised through them, giving you the tools and vocabulary to take a questioning attitude to your own media culture. We encourage you to make the most of the facilities available to broaden and enhance your study of film, not just on campus and in the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum but also through the lively film culture (art-house cinema, media facilities) in the city itself.

As you progress through your degree into the second and final years, you will be able to follow your own interests by choosing from the variety of topics on offer, culminating in your own research project, a dissertation, in your final year.

This programme is studied over four years. The first two years and the final year are university-based, and the third year is spent gaining employment experience at a suitable location in the UK.

This Employment Experience variant of the programme is a great way to incorporate graduate-level work placement or placements undertaken in the United Kingdom directly into your programme of study, to reflect critically upon these experiences, and for them to count towards the assessment of your degree. There is no better way to gain valuable employment experience that can be rewarded and recognised clearly by future employers. With preparation, support and approval from the College of Humanities, you can also demonstrate adaptability and resourcefulness by organising suitable placements in areas of employment related to your interests and potential future career.

You are required to find your own placement with suitable employers and organisations with preparation, support and approval from the College of Humanities. If you are taking this variant you are strongly encouraged to take HUM2000 or HUM2001 (Humanities in the Workplace) at stage 2 and must participate in the pre-departure briefing sessions for Humanities Employment Experience.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme is intended to:

  • enable and encourage you to engage with current critical and theoretical debates relating to film and television
  • give you an appreciation and understanding of the distinctive features of European, US, and World cinema
  • provide you with an appreciation of the trends and technologies of television in the UK, US, and elsewhere
  • provide you with the analytical skills necessary for an understanding of film and television as audiovisual media
  • provide you with a variety of approaches (both traditional and innovative) to teaching and learning, and a lively and supportive studying environment which stimulates enjoyment and independent study
  • provide a broad and challenging intellectual training and a foundation of personal and key skills for those students entering the world of work on graduation, together with a suitable basis for those who wish to pursue further research in the relevant subject or subjects
  • use the research expertise of staff to promote a stimulating interaction of teaching and research within the flexible programme structure
  • enable you to become reflective and autonomous independent learners.
  • develop a range of subject specific, academic and transferable skills, including high order conceptual literacy and communication skills of value in graduate employment
  • offer you the opportunity to develop your skills and capabilities (including linguistic skills, where appropriate) through the pursuit of study in another University in a different geographical and cultural setting
  • incorporate a work experience placement into your degree programme

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Optional modules offered are subject to change depending on staff availability and student demand.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in the first, second and final stages as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EAF1501 Major Debates in Film Theory 30No
EAF1504 Introduction to Film History 30No
EAF1506 Interrogating Screens 30No
EAF1507 The Contemporary Film and Television Industries 30No
HAS1905 Employment Experience HASS 0No

Stage 2


120 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HAS2905 Employment Experience HASS 0No

Optional Modules

a You must select 90-120 credits from this list of Film & Television Studies modules.

b You may select 0-30 credits from this list of English, Modern Languages, and Humanities modules, or from outside of the programme subject to selecting 120 credits in total. You may only select one of the two modules HUM2000 or HUM2001.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
FTVS Stage 2 SH option modules 2023-4 [See note a above]
EAF2500 European Cinemas: Art, Industry, Entertainment 15 No
EAF2502 Shots in the Dark 30 No
EAF2508 Cinescapes: Time, Space and Identity 30 No
EAF2510 Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture 30 No
EAF2511 Television: Times, Trends and Technologies 30 No
EAF2512 European Cinemas: Art, Industry, Entertainment 30 No
EAF2513 Filmmaking 30 No
FTVS Stage 2 SH co-listed modules 2023-4 [see note b above]
EAS2103 Modernism and Modernity: Literature 1900-1960 30 No
EAS2031 Creative Writing: Building a Story 30 No
EAS2090 Humanities after the Human: Further Adventures in Critical Theory 30 No
EAS2104 Crossing the Water: Transatlantic Literary Relations 30 No
EAS2089 Creative Industries: Their Past, Our Future 30 No
EAS2113 Culture, Crisis and Ecology in a Postcolonial World 30 No
HUM HUM2000-HUM2001 [see note b above]
HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace 30 No
HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace 15 No

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUM3997 Employment Experience Abroad 120Yes

Stage 4


30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

c You must choose either EAF3514 Film Studies Dissertation or EAF3516 Creative Film Dissertation  (you cannot choose more than one module from this group).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EAF3514-EAF3516 [See note c above]
EAF3514 Film Studies Dissertation 30 No
EAF3516 Creative Film Dissertation 30 No

Optional Modules

d You must select 90 credits from this list of Film & Television Studies modules.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
FTVS Final Stage SH option modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
EAF3501 American Independent Film 30 No
EAF3508 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Western Cinema 30 No
EAF3513 British Screens 30 No
EAF3514 Film Studies Dissertation 30 No
EAF3515 Something to See: War and Visual Media 30 No
EAF3516 Creative Film Dissertation 30 No
EAF3518 Queering British Film and Television 30 No
EAF3520 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15 No
EAF3521 Film Audiences 30 No
FTVS Final Stage SH co-listed option modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
EAS3128 Writing the Short Film 30 No
EAS3504 Surrealism and its Legacies 30 No
EAS3195 Acts of Writing: From Decolonisation to Globalisation 30 No
EAS3225 'Reader, I Married Him': The Evolution of Romance Fiction from 1740 to the Present 30 No
EAS3252 Poison, Filth, Trash: Modernism, Censorship and Resistance 30 No
EAS3241 Harlem and After: African American Literature 1925-present 30 No
EAS3502 Shakespeare and Crisis 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate a broadly-based understanding of European, American and World Cinema and of television texts and industries.
2. Identify, evaluate and appreciate the variety of approaches and critical traditions taken within the disciplines of film and television studies.
3. Describe film and television aesthetics; trace and evaluate key developments and relate them to an overall conception of the subject matter.
4. Analyse film and television and their critical and theoretical contexts, and relate with issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history.
5. Explain the economies and technologies of cinema and television.
6. Apply critical terminology and, where appropriate, methodological, linguistic, stylistic, and/or formal terminology to an understanding of film and television; utilise appropriate bibliographical style.

ILOs 1-6 are acquired through lectures, seminars, workshops, study groups, tutorials and other learning activities throughout the programme. The degree of specialisation of subject knowledge increases during the programme, culminating in the dissertation. Modules at stage 3 are most closely related to the research specialism of the staff teaching the module. The precise method of teaching varies according to each module. On team-taught modules you will normally engage in both lectures and seminar groups. In smaller options you will normally spend most of your contact time in seminar groups and workshops.

Your learning is further developed through engagement with assessments, following guidance from tutors and lecturers and through feedback on work submitted.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, log-books, web-based assessments, audio-visual and written essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation which can be critical or creative. Essays, exams and presentations are especially significant within the programme because they assess each of the skills in ILOs 1-6.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Apply critical skills in the analysis of film and television.
8. Articulate knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts and theories relating to film and television.
9. Demonstrate sensitivity to aesthetic and generic conventions and to the shaping effects upon communication of circumstances, authorship, textual production and intended audience.
10. Communicate effectively and construct a coherent argument in oral, written and audio-visual presentations, as appropriate.
11. Apply bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.

ILOs 7-11 are developed throughout the programme in all modules, with the emphasis becoming more complex as students move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both in presentation and seminar discussion).

They will culminate in the substantial and independent research skills demonstrated within the dissertation.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, log-books, web-based assessments, written and/or audio-visual essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

12. Apply advanced literacy and communication skills in appropriate contexts including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
13. Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of material, both textual and visual.
14. Acquire and interrelate substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds, in a structured and systematic way, and involving the use of the distinctive methodological and interpretative skills of the subject areas.
15. Apply research skills for the retrieval of historical material, and develop the ability to gather, sift and organise this material independently and critically, evaluating its significance.
16. Interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions, and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives in a critical and self-reflective manner.
17. Exercise independent thought and judgment.
18. Engage with others through the presentation of ideas and information in groups, and work towards the collective negotiation of solutions.
19. Plan and execute written and other forms of project-work over both short and long timescales.

Personal and key skills are delivered through all modules, and developed in lectures, workshops, study groups, tutorials, work experience and other learning activities throughout the programme.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, log-books, web-based assessments, essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation.

ILOs 12-17 are also strongly developed in the course of the portfolio of assessed essays and other audio-visual and/or written work produced through the programme. These assessments work on the principle of offering formative feedback to support the development of your work within as well as between modules. Feedback on one assignment is intended to inform the next piece of work you undertake on the module; the next piece of work on the programme, or the future learning of graduates.

ILO 18 is associated especially with the range of group presentations taking place in modules during the programme. Group presentation assessment brings into focus an important range of skills for students, including sharing workloads, responsibility for tasks, team working, collaborative and communicative skills. Individual contributions to group work are also assessed individually, most often in the form of a reflective presentation report.

ILOs 19-20 are also accomplished in the course of ‘real-time’ formal assessments such as presentations and end of module exams, which occur through the programme.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 you must normally achieve an average mark of at least 50% in Stage 1. If you do not achieve an average mark of 50% in Stage 1, you will be interviewed to determine whether you can continue on the Employment Experience programme; if you do not succeed in that interview you will be required to transfer to the three-year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their Employment Experience are selected. If you are unsuccessful in your application for Employment Experience, you will be transferred to the three-year programme.

HUM3998 Employment Experience UK counts as a single 120 credit module and is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BA Film & Television Studies with Employment Experience. If you fail the Employment Experience your degree title will be commuted to BA Film & Television Studies.

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All students in Film Studies have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study and who are available at advertised ‘office hours’ (staff changes are likely due to Research Leave etc.). There are induction sessions to orientate students at the start of their programme.  A personal tutoring system will operate with regular communication throughout the programme. Academic support will be also be provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Programme handbooks and other useful information can be accessed via the student intranet: http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/taughthandbook/.

Other useful information and student resources can be accessed via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE): http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/login/index.php, which has specific information on library skills, essay writing and research skills.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Film & Television Studies with Employment Experience

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Communication, media, film and cultural studies

23. Dates

Origin Date

22/08/2017

Date of last revision

15/09/2022