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UCAS Code
PP32
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2022, September 2023

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2022 complete this short application form, call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Our Clearing hotline is open:

  • Thursday 18 August (A level / T level results day): 8.00am to 8.00pm
  • Friday 19 August: 8.00am to 7.00pm
  • Saturday 20 August: 09.30am to 3.00pm
  • Sunday 21 August: Phone lines are closed

Outside of these dates normal opening hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 09.00am to 04.00pm on Fridays.

Take your interest in film and turn it into a promising career or pathway to further study with our Film Studies degree course. 

You'll examine film and its related institutions from a contemporary perspective, focusing on the theories and concepts that define them. Guided by an internationally recognised team of researchers and academics, you’ll explore film's interrelationships with society, culture, identity, history, and the future, in areas ranging from fandom and popular culture to gender and global cinema. Our range of optional modules, industry talks and experiences, and local community and outreach connections in the curriculum will offer you a tailored degree experience to enhance your learning and enjoyment.

You’ll graduate from our course with a critical and global understanding of film. You'll also develop adaptable media skills in research, industry knowledge and communication, which will help you fashion your career in film or whatever field you choose.

Course highlights

  • Take part in the annual Portsmouth Comic Con for the latest developments in film, popular culture, fan communities, and technology – course lecturers and students are panellists and run film screenings
  • Screen your final-year film project at Portsmouth's established independent No. 6 Cinema and gain industry contacts
  • Learn from widely published media experts and active researchers to add depth to your studies
  • Be part of our extensive media culture at Portsmouth: you can write for student publications, collaborate with students on our Film Production and Television and Broadcasting courses, and participate in our student-led TV channel CCI TV
  • Become an Adobe Certified Professional (ACP) to enhance your technical and production skills
TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Film Studies

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBC–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–112 points (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Pass (C or above in the core)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Facilities and specialist kit

film industries and creative writing cinema

Eldon Screening Room

Watch cinema from across the globe in our 80-seat lecture theatre, fitted with high-specification audio-visual technology, rich sound systems, and acoustic panelling.

Explore room

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Professional TV and film cameras

Broadcast and film in crystal clarity with our range of industry-level Sony, JVC and Canon cameras.

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Video Editing Suite

Award-winning kit for future award-winning filmmakers. Our suite includes non-linear editing software Avid Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve, and specialist hardware for efficient film editing.

Explore Suite

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Equipment loan stores

Whatever your work, you can borrow computers and professional-standard film, photography, lighting, and performance equipment from our loan stores in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. 

Careers and opportunities

Along with theoretical and practical knowledge of film, you'll also graduate with a more nuanced understanding of the world. You'll develop methods for deconstructing its sociocultural ethics, means of representation, and constructs, and scrutinise environments more deeply. These analytical skills are crucial in many sectors within and outside media and film.

Many of our graduates begin their careers in communication, such as public relations and advertising. Some continue to postgraduate studies and research in multimedia, while others take teacher training to begin careers in higher and further education. 

With such a flexible degree as our Film Studies course, you'll be able to explore many other possibilities.

Graduate roles

Roles our graduates have gone onto include:

  • Content Creator
  • Marketing Manager
  • Theatrical Marketing Department Executive
  • Lecturer
  • Writer and researcher
  • Videographer

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have worked at places such as:

  • Pathé
  • CIC Film Crew 4u
  • Arrow Films
  • Studio Canal
  • Chichester College

Graduate success

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Alumnus James co-wrote 'Boiling Point': an award-nominated indie film that's since been released nationwide. Learn how it was made, as well as how James feels about his growing recognition.

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Ongoing careers support

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience. You can also venture into freelancing, or set up and run your own business with help from the University Startup Team.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Placement year (optional)

Between your second and third year, you can complete an optional work placement to gain professional experience and enhance your skills. It's also a great incentive for employers once you graduate.

You can work for a company, organisation or agency, or you can go self-employed and start your own business with fellow students or by yourself.

Whatever you decide – or even if you just want some employability advice – our exclusive Creative Careers team can support you every step of the way.

Creative Careers

Our in-faculty Creative Careers team has extensive recruitment experience and knows the creative sector well, making it easier for students to find placements within the creative industries.

They can guide you through every step of the application process, including:

  • Searching for the ideal job through their database of vacancies
  • Giving tips on how to write an interesting CV that will catch employers' attention, no matter the role
  • Organising mock interviews, so you can hone your technique and familiarise yourself with the recruitment environment
  • Writing your startup business proposal – if you're going down the self-employment route

The team will continue to give you support throughout your placement year.

What you can do on a placement year

If you're thinking of doing a placement but not sure what role to take or where to go, we can steer you in a direction that fits your aspirations.

Check out our Creative Careers team's blog to find out where fellow film, media and communication students have interned during their studies.

Read our blog post

Placement experiences

Our students have worked in a variety of capacities, areas, and countries for their placement years, developing their soft skills and film and media knowledge in professional environments. These include:

  • Events organiser and coordinator for film festivals in France
  • Working with independent filmmakers in Czechia
  • Working in a social media and market research team at Mercedes Benz
  • Working in a communications team at Vivid Homes
  • Working in a production team at Global Fire Creative

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Film Studies degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1
Year 2
Placement and study abroad years (optional)
Year 3
In the first year, we introduce key analytical strategies to understanding film and introduce the core areas of film theory. We’ll introduce you to a wide range of films and cinematic culture, and offer you a grounding in film production skills and the academic study skills needed for your degree. You’ll be supported by an assigned personal tutor, in a small tutor group.

Core modules

What you'll do and learn

Covering case studies from across the globe, we will investigate the diversity and shared global connections found across the cinema industry. You will learn about historical changes in representation, film language and culture, through examples of Japanese cinema, Spaghetti westerns, Australian cinema and much more.

Teaching Activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, film screenings and assessment support workshops. You will be further supported by resources on the Moodle VLE

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through creating and maintaining a blog on chosen case studies in global cinema

What you'll do

You'll also explore the critical study of genres and the field of adaptation studies.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe basic critical approaches to film authorship
  • Indicate the importance of dominant genres to modern film culture
  • Understand a range of adaptation processes
  • Detail some of the industrial and cultural constraints on film authorship
  • Apply close reading to printed and visual texts
  • Demonstrate skills of spoken presentation
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend a weekly 2-hour lectures featuring clips and lecture discussions, and a weekly 1-hour seminar to discuss ideas and key readings, and to complete seminar tasks. You'll also have access to in-class preparation sessions for assessments and one-to-one tutorials for essay assessments.

You'll be supplied with online resources such as lecture materials, supportive learning materials, the reading list, suggested film texts and other materials. You'll be able to contact module lecturers in their office hours and via email.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 128 hours studying independently. This is around 4 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word essay (25% of final mark)
  • a 10-minute oral assessment: group presentation (25% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word essay (50% of final mark)

What you'll do and learn

Focusing on the disciplines of film and television studies, as well as recent developments in screen-based entertainment, the module will examine the changing nature of screen media and explore the people (creators and audiences), institutions and technologies of the screen industries.

Teaching Activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and study skills workshops.You will be further supported by resources on the Moodle VLE

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a online test, written essay and group presentation

What you'll do

You'll also develop the capacity to produce and understand, and to stimulate an informed understanding of these practices that will underpin further critical and creative work and industry practice.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Recognise and apply practically audio-visual processes and skills in a range of media
  • Work collaboratively on specific audio-visual projects, demonstrating organisational skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and design narratives, images and sequences that function within existing recognised formal systems
  • Reflect on their own creative and organisational work and understand how to develop that in future projects and modules
  • Produce effective and clear narrative project in and audio visual forms
  • Work within established procedures to produce a film within health and safety requirements
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and practical classes.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This in on top of the 44 hours of scheduled teaching activities making the 200 hours expected for this 20 credit module. This is around 5 hours of independent study time a week over the duration of the module. Independent work, research and group project development and production are key to this unit.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • an individual project proposal (20% of final mark)
  • an individual pre-production portfolio including visual preparation and planning (40% of final mark)
  • a group project final short film and production paperwork portfolio (40% of final mark)

What you'll do and learn

You will develop your skills on proposal development, screenwriting and pitching ideas.

Teaching Activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and you can book extra tutorials if you want them.You will be further supported by resources on the Moodle VLE.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a 7-page screenplay and a group presentation.

What you'll do and learn

Looking at examples of Hollywood spectacle, censorship, new technologies, audiences and production, we will discuss how Hollywood history is repeated and reproduced as the industry strives to continue to make movies that both entertain and tell a story. The tension between spectacle and narrative will be discussed through a range of examples from early cinema and the latest blockbusters.

Teaching Activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and assessment workshops. You will be further supported by resources on the Moodle VLE.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a take home test, weekly journal and an essay.

In your second year, you’ll start focusing on your own interests and specialisms through an optional production strand and a variety of modules on film and media culture. You’ll be offered many experiences – including industry talks – to help support your career development and build up to an optional year-long placement between your second and third years.

Core modules

What you'll do and learn

You will study the impact of legislation, changing film markets and issues surrounding the representation of 'Britishness' on screen. With a particular focus on gender, race and class, you will offer your thoughts on how ideas about nationality are filtered through the lens of cinema. Case studies include gangster films, the impact of social realism, popular music culture and the impact of specific producers, studios and politics on British films.

Teaching Activities

On this module you will attend lectures and film screening workshops, where we will discuss set films. You will be further supported by resources on the Moodle VLE.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through one essay on British Cinema

What you'll do and learn

We will cover broad developments like 'New Hollywood', independent filmmaking and the rise of so-called 'blockbuster' franchises. Although primarily director-based in structure, the module will interrogate notions of 'auteurism' throughout, focusing also for example on such specific roles as editing, sound and cinematography.

Teaching Activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, screenings and individual tutorials, further supported by resources on the Moodle VLE.

Assessment

On this module you'll be assessed through two essays and 10 weekly lecture summations.

What you'll do

You'll learn how legacies of colonialism and imperialism shaped cinematic production in different regions, and  study the impact of the move away from national filmmaking in favour of global funding, distribution and exhibition networks.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Interpret, analyse and explain aesthetic, thematic, political and economic concerns of transnational films and filmmakers
  • Apply key theoretical reading to analysis of films
  • Critically assess how new technologies, production and exhibition contexts impact on national and transnational filmmaking
  • Evaluate the relationship of film to wider geo-political agendas and concerns
  • Critically understand and articulate distribution, marketing and reception of transnational work
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 37 hours of seminars (including film screenings)
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 139 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a quiz (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word assignment (70% of final mark) – in this assignment you'll design a website

Optional modules

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Use appropriate equipment and techniques to develop a video-based project, using the relevant health and safety policies and procedures
  • Collaborate effectively with group members and contribute to team projects
  • Use time management skills to complete tasks within allotted schedules
  • Demonstrate a reflective understanding of the interrelation of theory and practice within your own work, and the work of other practitioners
  • Demonstrate advanced audio-visual literacy and camera skills
  • Use post-production skills to inform your appreciation of film and video
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and practical classes.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through coursework (100% of final mark).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Use appropriate equipment and techniques to develop a video-based project, using the relevant health and safety policies and procedures
  • Collaborate effectively with group members and contribute to team projects
  • Use time management skills to complete tasks within allotted schedules
  • Demonstrate a reflective understanding of the interrelation of theory and practice within your own work and the work of other practitioners
  • Demonstrate an understanding of film grammar and narrative
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and practical classes.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through coursework (100% of final mark).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify future career goals and reflect on these to develop a personal development plan (programme of learning), which includes suitable work experience and skills/knowledge development opportunities
  • Arrange suitable work experience, engage with personal development opportunities and analyse relevant literature relating to enhancing your employment opportunities
  • Critically evaluate and articulate your learning (knowledge, skills and attributes) in relation to your future career goals
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in work-based learning and attend lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 188 hours doing work-based learning or studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word report (20% of final mark)
  • a 3,000-word report (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll research genre through focused case studies in the horror genre, looking at its inception and main categorisations, and at hybridity and cross-media presentations. You'll explore the production, reception and consumption of horror texts to question the validity of using genre as a category in critical studies.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the role of genre as a categorisation
  • Explain the critical and economic considerations of media texts
  • Evaluate texts in institutional, historical and cultural contexts
  • Recognise and analyse the cultural relevance of genre in various media
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend weekly 2-hour lectures featuring clips, analysis exercises and lecture discussions, and 3 x 1-hour online seminars to assist with assessment preparation. You'll also have access to one-on-one group tutorials to prepare for assessments.

You'll be supplied with online resources such as recordings, suggested materials, film and media texts, the reading list and other materials. You'll be able to contact module lecturers in their office hours and via email.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 174 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word portfolio (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word academic poster or blog post on a horror media text of your choice (50% of final mark)

Before your assessments, guidance and informal assessment through drafting and feedback will be offered on an individual basis.

What you'll do

You'll look at the global representation of sport, with a focus on the UK and the US.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Use different methods and concepts to analyse the representation of sport in media
  • Identify issues related to the relationship between sport and media in historical, economic and cultural circumstances
  • Understand various approaches to the study of sport and the media
  • Reflect on your own methods of study, learning and application
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework exercise (10% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word essay (90% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll form a small group (typically with 4 other students) and work through areas such as designing, manufacturing and pitching ideas. The knowledge and skill you will get through this module will help you to run your own business, but are also transferable skills you can use in many other careers.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the complexities of launching a start up business
  • Critically reflect upon the factors which contribute towards successful market research, marketing, manufacturing and selling
  • Recognise suitability for specific roles in business and collaborative working
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently (including group work). This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a portfolio (100% of final mark).

What you'll do

The cross disciplinary nature of this module equips you with employability skills required by creative transmedia industries. You'll develop practical approaches and team work skills, combined with theoretical underpinning, to develop your own transmedia franchise.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically examine commercial and grassroots texts that contribute to larger media franchises (mobisodes and webisodes, comics, games)
  • Trace the historical context from which modern transmedia practices emerge
  • Understand the processes of transmedia narrative structures
  • Develop and pitch transmedia strategies around an existing or proposed media property in a team
  • Conduct, apportion and complete research within planning processes
  • Successfully execute a student proposed transmedia project
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 13 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 6 hours of demonstration
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (30% of final mark)
  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (70% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll look at topics including comic book to film adaptation, representation, revisionism, global markets, international forms and narratives, and nostalgia and canon. You'll explore case studies in the context of contemporary academic dialogues on comics and popular culture, and art and the visual image.

You'll develop your research skills, including the use of specialist databases, to help prepare you for further study.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Contextualise industrial and historical factors within Comic Book industries
  • Outline and dissect appropriately-pitched theoretical and industrial research material relevant to the subject area
  • Analyse Comic Book texts within their production and consumption contexts
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of supervised time in studio/workshop
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 166 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll do this by engaging in interdisciplinary work, developing an appreciation of other creative disciplines and understanding how professionals collaborate.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate independent, analytical and creative attributes
  • Demonstrate the ability to be an effective team player, able to provide leadership and to support the success of others
  • Communicate clearly and effectively using various methods and to different audiences
Teaching activities

On this module you'll work independently and in groups with regular tutorial support, and also attend some briefings and lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a group presentation (40% of final mark)
  • an individual portfolio (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word report (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll enter at the appropriate level for your existing language knowledge. If you combine this module with language study in your first or third year, you can turn this module into a certificated course that is aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module:

  • You'll have improved your linguistic skills in Arabic, British Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish
  • You'll be prepared for Erasmus study abroad
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • coursework (100% of final mark) 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Develop a critical and reflective appreciation of the relationship between film and ethics, with an ability and readiness to question the principles, practices and boundaries of film practice and analysis, allied to a commitment to social justice issues such as equality, respect and sustainability
  • Engage in an interdisciplinary approach that combines a contextual analysis of film with a detailed consideration of professional practice, bringing the insights of both together to better enhance the transferable skills developed in each subject area
  • Develop a future career strategy informed by a considered duty of care both to one's self, one's co-workers and to one's future employers, at the heart of which will be a self-critical understanding of the ethics of professional practice that can be applied across a range of different career contexts

Explore this module

During your studies here, you can take a year-long study or placement to help gain relevant global and industry experience. These year-long options are completed in year three of a four-year sandwich degree structure – after your second year.

Go to our placement year section above to find out about the benefits of work placements.

Throughout your degree, we’ll offer you opportunities for paid part-time work, volunteering, self employment and other ways to develop a full CV while completing your studies. If you don't want to take a full year in a placement, we can help you find your own pathway to industry experience.

Optional modules

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Work independently with less need for supervision and direction
  • Communicate a detailed knowledge of the contexts of business and industry-specific practices relevant to your chosen field
  • Demonstrate awareness of ideas, contexts and frameworks within self-employment, freelancing or business start-ups
  • Develop professional working relationships within industry/business disciplines
  • Proactively evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and develop your own criteria and judgement relating to your business practice, future learning and future employability goals
Teaching activities

N/A

Independent study time

N/A

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a portfolio (100% of final mark).

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Work independently with less need for supervision and direction
  • Communicate a detailed knowledge of the contexts of business and industry-specific practices relevant to your chosen field
  • Demonstrate awareness of ideas, contexts and frameworks within your chosen area of employment
  • Develop professional working relationships within industry/business disciplines
  • Proactively evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and develop your own criteria and judgement relating to your business practice, future learning and future employability goals
Teaching activities

N/A

Independent study time

N/A

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a portfolio (100% of final mark).

This module combines the Work Placement and Self Employed Placement, so you can alternate between shorter periods of an industrial placement or start-up experience.

What you'll do and learn

With the support of the Creative Careers team, you can find, apply for and complete a year of a work placement with a variety of employers - previous placements have been offered from NBC, Disney, Warner Bros. and a variety of SME's in the region.

Teaching activities

You'll be offered supervisor visits (online, by phone or in person) to support your experience in the workplace.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a portfolio (100% of your final mark).

 

What you'll do

Study abroad placements are done in year 3 of a 4 year sandwich degree structure. Enhance your learning experience by adding a global dimension to your studies and develop knowledge and skills essential for roles in the global workforce. Participation in this module is subject to a selection process, supply and demand you'll be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Where activity is to be undertaken in a non-English speaking country, you'l need to evidence your language ability and plans for improving your language competency.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically assess how activities relate to disciplinary knowledge and practice covered on your course within a global context
  • Manage and complete tasks in an overseas study environment relevant to your course, with an appropriate level of skill, independence and performance
  • Reflect critically on your personal development during your study abroad, identifying the transferable skills you acquired and their relevance to future study and employability
Teaching activities
  • 5 hours of tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 20 hours studying independently. This is around half an hour a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000 portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

What you'll do

Study abroad placements are done in year 2 of a three year degree. Enhance your learning experience by adding a global dimension to your studies and develop knowledge and skills essential for roles in the global workforce. Participation in this module is subject to a selection process, supply and demand you'll be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Where travelling to a non-English speaking country, you'l need to evidence your language ability and plans for improving your language competency.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically assess how activities relate to disciplinary knowledge and practice covered on your course within a global context
  • Manage and complete tasks in an overseas study environment relevant to your course, with an appropriate level of skill, independence and performance
  • Reflect critically on your personal development during your study abroad, identifying the transferable skills you acquired and their relevance to future study and employability
Teaching activities
  • 3 hours of tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 20 hours studying independently. This is around 1 hour a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000 portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

In your final year, your subject interests will guide your final year project (written or video production) and optional modules informed by your lecturers' research specialisms.

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll develop your knowledge of research and writing skills. You'll also receive ten hours of one-to-one tutorial support.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Use analysis and enquiry techniques within an ethical framework
  • Critically evaluate theories and data to form a judgement, frame further questions and identify potential solutions
  • Use current research or equivalent advanced scholarship in the relevant field
  • Manage your own learning
  • Communicate in writing to a specialist audience
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and tutorials.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 386 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000 word essay (10% of final mark)
  • a 9,000 word dissertation (90% of final mark)

What you'll do and learn

You will learn about film and gender theory, feminist theory, postfeminism, trans and queer theory, and theories of masculinity as we apply key ideas to a range of exciting case studies from film and television. You will have a chance to engage with key debates and apply what you have learnt to case studies of your choice for the assessed work.

Teaching Activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, and tutorials complemented by screenings. You will be further supported by resources on the Moodle VLE.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a blog and an essay on a subject of your choice related to one of the topics covered on the module and with guidance from the module coordinator.

What you'll do and learn

You will cover approaches to marketing and releasing, including the development of marketing, how trailers and posters create a specific image. You will analyse box office results to assess the relative success of a given film. This module focuses on the theatrical release of films, but the concepts can be applied to other forms of media release and promotion. Topics covered will include how the star system, genre, auteurism, intellectual property and franchises or ideas of prestige via awards and film festivals, play a part in the film business.

Teaching Activities

On this module you'll attend weekly two hour lectures and weekly one hour seminars. You will be further supported by resources on the Moodle VLE.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a formative online quiz about halfway through the modules, and the final assessment will be a long form essay/report on the marketing and release of two films of your choice

What you'll do

You’ll trace the historical and critical contexts from which media fan cultures have grown and consider the theoretical and methodological development of audience research, considering ideas around the active audience, cult film and television fans, fan practices and the collecting of media merchandising, community, and subcultural distinction. You’ll apply these theories and methods in your own primary fan research by studying peoples and cultures on the web.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate different theoretical approaches to the study of audiences and fans
  • Analyse the social, cultural and economic premises and consequences of media fandom across different texts and their contexts
  • Articulate and demonstrate an understanding of the wide range of discrete practices of media fan communities
  • Research and defend a theoretical position with regard to questions of media fan cultures and their related fan practices
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 2 x 1-hour seminars
  • 4 hours of supervised time in a studio/workshop
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 170 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word report (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also learn how to create a video to industry standards and requirements.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Work as part of a team to produce practical projects
  • Research and develop appropriate skills for a chosen production role
  • Apply time, scheduling, project and resource management skills to practical projects
  • Complete projects to a predetermined schedule
  • Apply knowledge of equipment, techniques and resources to the production of video
  • Work in a professional manner that follows industry practices
  • Understand the connection between film and media theory and production practice
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and supervised workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 320 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework exercise (10% of final mark)
  • a portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a project (50% of final mark)
  • a 4,000-word report (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll focus on the distinction between 'factual' and 'fictional' science, and draw on history and theory to examine how science, technology and the figure of the scientist have been represented in a variety of media forms. These include literature, cinema, television, advertising, new media and journalism.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically discuss the role of the mass media in our understanding of the world, including the consequences and effects of social and technological change on that media and understanding
  • Evaluate diverse representations of mediated science and technology in a variety of institutional, cultural and historical contexts
  • Recognise and critique the wider social and cultural relevance of science and technology, as well as the implications of its mass mediation, in contemporary society
Teaching activities
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework project (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll develop your knowledge of research methods for both visual and written sources.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate animation styles, designs and the visual practices commonly associated with familiar animated texts
  • Apply various codes and visual practices to a variety of animation styles
  • Evaluate agency, authorship, national and industrial factors in animation
  • Demonstrate the use of both primary and secondary arguments for a written piece of work
  • Review your own methods, learning process and application of research
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend 4-hour sessions in lecture rooms per week. In these sessions you'll participate in reflective and interactive exercises that will feed into written assessments.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word portfolio (10% of final mark)
  • a 3,000-word essay (90% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll look at these ideas from political, philosophical and ethical positions.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Engage with key debates and theories on modern comedy history and theory
  • Demonstrate the use of both primary and secondary arguments for a written piece of work
  • Evaluate agency and authorship, as well as national and industrial factors in comedy
  • Approach the study of comedy from national, political, social and cultural contexts
  • Use different academic views in the analysis of comedy
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend small group lectures. These will incorporate reflective and interactive exercises that will inform your assessments.

You'll be supplied with online resources such as recordings, suggested materials, film and media texts, the reading list and other materials. You'll be able to contact module lecturers in their office hours and via email.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a portfolio (10% of final mark)
  • a 3,000 word essay (90% of final mark)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you’re assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • video productions
  • film scripts
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • dissertation or video project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • filming/editing workshops
  • film screenings

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5.00pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,200 a year (subject to annual increase)

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Costs breakdown

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)

You may need to buy items such as DVDs and MiniDV tapes to use on practical units, which cost approximately £20–£30.

You’ll need to cover the material costs for individual project work, which usually costs £50–£100.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – PP32
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start this course in 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – PP32
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.