Film and Television

The University of Bristol has a history of innovation in the study of film and television. Guided by expert 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.

The curriculum progresses from introductory units, which use specific topics to teach you how to analyse film and television, to more advanced units that cover significant historical movements, contemporary practices and the theoretical concepts that underpin, inform and shape film and television.

You will have access to our film-making and digital production equipment, high-specification cinema, production studio, animation suites, sound rooms and edit suites. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to undertake an independent project or work placement in the creative industries.

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 on our MA programmes and research degrees.

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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.

How is this course taught and assessed?

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

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

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

What are my career prospects?

The creative media industry is one of the biggest and fastest growing in the country, and a degree in Film and Television is an excellent foundation for a huge number of career paths within this sector.

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

We host frequent masterclasses and talks with industry figures, which have in the past included directors, producers, visual effects artists, and animators. These are specifically careers-oriented and help students understand the inner workings of the film and television industry.

Read more about what students from Drama go on to do after graduation (the Department of Film and Television was previously part of the Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television).

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