BA (Hons) Film and American Studies

Film and American Studies at Winchester offers you the chance to engage with textual and cultural approaches to study that will draw on interdisciplinary methodologies in both Film and American Studies.

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BA (Hons) Film and American Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS code: T7P3

Entry Requirements

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

25 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) | £36,400** (sandwich option)

Additional Costs:

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA; Asia (Japan)

Work experience/field trips:

Students have the opportunity to take part in field trips and gain work experience through volunteering.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

This programme is built on the acquisition of relevant subject knowledge, critical approaches and key skills in Year 1. These are developed in Years 2 and 3 while integrating the study of film and American Studies through specific attention to American contexts for film and enhancing research skills to allow you to work in both independent and informed ways at advanced levels of study.

Relevant theoretical and cultural contexts are provided to emphasise representation in historical and cultural contexts while also allowing you to specialise in American forms of representation (both visual and literary). The programme draws on the research interests and expertise of staff with subject-specific and strong interdisciplinary backgrounds.

In both Year 2 and Year 3, in addition to the mandatory requirements, you must take at least two Film Studies and two American Studies optional modules in each year.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Reading Film
  • Film Criticism
  • Introduction to American Studies I
  • Film Form, History and Culture
  • Understanding Horror Film
  • Introduction to American Studies II

Year 2

Core modules:

  • American Modernity
  • Classical Hollywood Cinema or Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • Researching Film Studies or Researching American Culture

Optional modules:

  • Contemporary European Cinema
  • Music and Film
  • Cinema,Politics and Society
  • B-Movies
  • Gangster and Crime Film
  • British Cinema - Comedy, Realism and the Imaginary
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • The American Film Western
  • American Gothic 
  • Region and Environment
  • American Science Fiction
  • Writing America
  • Literature and Film
  • Making it, Buying it and Being it: Work and Money in American Literature
  • Field Trip
  • Volunteering for Film Studies
  • Volunteering for American Studies

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Film and American Studies Dissertation (Extended Independent Study)
  • Identity in Contemporary American Film

Optional modules:

  • Authorship and Film 
  • Stars
  • Film and the City
  • Melodrama and Film
  • Animation
  • Cult Film and Art Cinema
  • Film and Reality: Modernity, Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Gothic Film
  • Killer Films
  • American Conspiracies
  • African America
  • The Contemporary American Novel
  • American Crime Fiction
  • Sex and the City and Beyond
  • American Women's Culture in the Nineteenth Century
  • Liberty and Extremism in America

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Programme Leader

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 69 per cent coursework
  • 11 per cent written exams
  • 20 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 87 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 13 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 78 per cent coursework
  • 3 per cent written exams
  • 19 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates may pursue careers in film- and television-related industries, creative industries, advertising, media and journalism, teaching, professional organisations and the public sector

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
UK and EU Students: Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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