Film Studies and English Literature BA(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

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Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Understanding the interplay between the written word and the moving image is a key to understanding world we live in. Combining the study of Film and English will allow you to explore textuality in its different manifestations as you learn how to and analyse stories in both written and audiovisual form.

Why study Film Studies and English Literature at Huddersfield?

  • You’ll be taught and supported by enthusiastic, internationally renowned professors, researchers and media practitioners
  • You’ll be working in industry standard production facilities.
  • The course will develop your abilities to analyse, research and write persuasively about a rich variety of films, shows and filmmakers, from the latest superhero blockbusters through to quirky indie movies, world cinema, and amateur YouTube releases.
  • We are in the top 3 English departments in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2018).
  • Our team of English academic staff are ranked in the top 5 in the UK for the quality of their research publications (REF 2014).

Studying film, we’ll look at a wide range of cinematic forms. From popular cinema through to challenging avant-garde works, you’ll be able to study a rich and varied selection of genres. We’ll also look at topics like national cinemas, and the work of individual filmmakers. You could look at adaptation, and how great works of literature are adapted to the big screen. Screenwriting, music and performance are all also part of the curriculum. As part of the wide mix of skills you’ll learn, we also give you a chance to try your hand at filmmaking. If you choose one of our documentary filmmaking modules you could get behind the camera and start exploring.

With English literature, we’ll encourage you to develop a broad knowledge of the best writing from this nation and further afield.

Course detail

Core modules:

Texts

This module introduces you to the analysis of industrially produced, professional media texts along with user-generated content (UGC). It ranges across different textual formats (written, spoken, audiovisual) from ‘old’ media (such as the press, film or television) and ‘new’ media (YouTube clips/memes) in the digital era, providing you with a toolbox of analytical methods to understand the construction and meaning-making of such texts and it introduces the concept of genre, their origin, content and structure. You will analyse user-generated texts, such as GIFs, podcasts and promotional texts.Your seminars and workshops focus on studying textual forms with a particular focus on popular entertainment.

Video and Audio Production

The module introduces you to a range of audio and video technologies: mobile, online, TV/video and radio/audio. You will be provided with the essential location skills necessary to produce a series of media artefacts, and to understand the language and concepts required to evaluate the product.

Thinking Critically

This module introduces approaches to studying literature at university level. We do this via a series of questions, such as ‘what is culture?’ ‘what is gender?’ and even ‘what is time?’ You’ll have the opportunity to evaluate ideas and concepts from a range of theoretical works, learning to take a critical perspective to the discipline and to think deeply about the cultural world around you. You will be assessed via written coursework and a portfolio in the medium of your choice.

Writing for the Media and Storytelling

This module introduces students to a range of media and professional writing practices. Students will be guided to develop transferable skills for a broad range of media writing. They will analyse material in newspapers, magazines, broadcast and online and through progressive writing activities develop and hone their writing skills. The module will introduce students to different types of journalistic writing.

Literary Genres

You'll be introduced to literary texts which represent the established genres that form the foundation of Western literary tradition. You'll have the opportunity to explore how they've been adapted, modified and reformed in later periods and across cultures. You'll also have the chance to explore literary conventions and innovations, along with concepts and terms used in the analysis of literary texts. The assessment for this module consists of a mixture of written coursework and presentational assignments.

Teaching and assessment

Our degrees seek to develop your creative, technical and analytical skills, and every aspect of your learning is designed to help you succeed in the media, creative and cultural sectors. We thus work with a wide variety of teaching formats which alongside lectures, seminars and workshops, include newsdays, work-based learning and placements, project work, dissertations, one-on-one and group supervision, and digital learning. We continuously review and innovate teaching formats to reflect changing technologies and industry contexts. 19.63% of the time on your course will be spent on timetabled activities.

We use a variety of assessments, including video shorts, podcasts, newsroom days, audience research portfolios, essays, production pitches, data analytics, presentations, and dissertation. This allows you the ability to tailor your degree to fit your passions, interests and strengths. You will be taught by world-leading scholars whose research is helping to shape our understanding of how media, journalism and culture operate alongside industry-leading practitioners and producers, supplemented by a variety of guest talks.

Entry requirements

To find out if you're eligible for this course, please email our Clearing Helpline Team at study@hud.ac.uk

Placements


This course offers the opportunity to complete a 5 week work placement which is an optional element of the second year of the course.

The course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Previous placement providers have included Pen and Sword Books, Oldham Evening Chronicle, Lotherton Hall, Rochdale Law Centre and a range of primary and secondary schools.

The most exciting part of my course is the opportunity to be creative, which is something I wasn’t expecting. Film is a really fun subject which can be studied and applied in so many different ways and perspectives. The tutors really attune the work to your individual strengths.

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Alex Baron, Film Studies and English Literature BA(Hons)

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Research Excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

The Department of Media, Journalism and Film at the University of Huddersfield is home to one of Europe's leading centres for the study of participatory culture, fans and popular media. The Centre for Participatory Culture brings together preeminent researchers in the study of popular culture with specialism such as screen industries and branding, media sport in the digital age, music festivals and music tourism, science fiction fandom, Regional Reality TV Drama, identity and globalisation, and the rise of fandom and anti-fandom in politics. The centre also explores the rise of digital media technologies and platforms, including social media and their impact on media industries and media representations, including on forms of journalism. We also assess the role of these technologies in changes to political participation and democracy.

Your Career


Media, creative and cultural sectors are one of the biggest and fastest growing in the UK. This degree will provide you with a combination of creative, technical and analytical skills for a variety of careers and roles in a rapidly developing digital economy.

*Whilst there are not enough graduate statistics for this specific course, 90% of graduates from the subject area of English Literature at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

90% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

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