Film and Television

The University of Bristol has a long-standing reputation for innovation and excellence in the study of film and television.

Guided by leading scholars and practitioners, you will explore the history and aesthetics of film and television through an exciting mixture of traditional academic study and practical film-making exercises.

As well as being trained in scholarly investigation and critical thinking, you will learn to 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 explorations of 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 film-making equipment. Facilities and production resources include an on-site cinema, edit suites, HD cameras, sound mixers and animation suites.

We have 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 programmes and research degrees.

What kind of student would this course suit?

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 film-making.

Our courses offer a combination of conceptual, historical and practical study. They would be particularly suitable for students who wish to develop a deep understanding of film, television and film-making skills through a rigorous and multifaceted degree.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshop and supervisions.

In your final year, we offer three supervised independent projects: written dissertation, practical project and industrial placement.

Assessment is by a combination of analytical and research essays, presentations, practice-based productions and reflexive accounts of creative work.

What are my career prospects?

Our students develop excellent transferable skills, which are highly sought after by employers. Graduates have gone into film production, research, broadcasting, arts administration, education, finance and related business sectors.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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Download the Film and Television leaflet 2017 (PDF, 279kB)

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