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About the course

Are you interested in the studying at the point where film and literary theory meet? This interdisciplinary degree will enable you to combine critical analysis of films and literary texts with various practical filming projects. Upon graduation, you may wish to pursue a career in publishing, writing, PR, advertising, TV, media, journalism, management, administration or research for film and TV. This course is also a suitable platform for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study.

In the 2017 National Student Satisfaction (NSS) Survey the English studies subject area, which includes BA (Hons) English and Film, ranked 13th out of 92 universities for overall satisfaction.

Southampton Solent University’s English and film students are taught these skills by a course team with expertise in screenwriting, production and directing. The academic staff are responsible for a range of published work and maintain strong ties to the industry.

This course integrates critical analysis and research into film and film practice with insights into working in the film industry. This helps students develop an understanding of how films are planned, developed and creatively executed, allowing them to achieve a critical understanding of how film theory can be married to film practice.

In the past, this style of learning has been facilitated by a programme of guest lectures and masterclasses delivered by professionals in the film, writing and publishing industries.

Alongside these special guests, regular lectures and seminars help students to understand literature, literary genres, writing and production styles in the context of different periods of literary and film history.

To help enable students study, Solent is home to a multi-million pound media academy which offers access to some of the most up-to-date media technology. Facilities include TV studios, editing suites and high-end video laboratories. Students are also able to access our on-site 3D cinema and an extensive film and television library.

Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Further studies Sandwich year

Our English and film course is taught by a combination of academic researchers and industry professionals.

What does this course lead to?

You’ll learn the transferable and practical skills you need to work in a number of communication-based industries, including teaching, journalism, programme research, copywriting, information management and film criticism.

Who is this course for?

This full-time undergraduate programme is ideal for students who are interested in applying literary theory to contemporary and classic cinema. Candidates should be keen readers with a passion for cinema.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year Q3P3
  • 3 Years Standard Entry QP33

Sandwich

  • 5 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P33Q
  • 4 Years Standard Entry QP3J
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,700

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Optional costs:
Study or theatre trips: £750 per year

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • GCSE English at grade C or above.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by telephone.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry is available through our Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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of students have been able to contact staff when needed

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Cultural Fragments
  • Adapting the Novel
  • Making and Reading Poetry
  • Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English
  • Framing Film
  • Exploring Film History
  • Screenwriting: From Pitch to Page

Year two

Core units
  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • Playtexts in Context
  • Empire and Industry in 19th-Century Literature
  • The Business of Independent Publishing
  • Spectacular Cinema: Vision-Power
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Literature & Film of the New World

Year three

Core units
  • Shock Value: Modernism to Post-Modernism
  • Dissertation/Major Project

Options

  • Work Experience: English
  • Freelancing with Solent Creatives
  • On the Road: An Introduction to Travel Narrative
  • Radical Re-Readings
  • Criminal Texts
  • Minority Experiences in American Literature
  • On the Road: An Introduction to Travel Narrative 
  • Cinefantastic: Dreams and Nightmares
  • The Time Machine
  • Cine-Extreme: the Cultural Politics of Transgression
  • Sex on Screen
  • Acting and Performance
  • The Musical
  • Contemporary British Film
  • After 9/11: Film, Television and Culture
  • The Director
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures

4%

Written exams

84%

Assessment by coursework

12%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Carolyn Cummings-Osmond academic profile Carolyn Cummings-Osmond Course Leader View profile
Devon Campbell-Hall academic profile Devon Campbell-Hall Senior Lecturer View profile
Seamus Finnegan academic profile Seamus Finnegan Senior Lecturer View profile
Jacqueline Furby academic profile Jacqueline Furby Senior Lecturer View profile
Claire Hines academic profile Claire Hines Senior Lecturer View profile
Donna Peberdy academic profile Donna Peberdy Senior Lecturer View profile
Eden Sharp academic profile Eden Sharp Lecturer View profile
Stuart Joy academic profile Stuart Joy Associate Lecturer View profile
Dr Tom Masters academic profile Tom Masters Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

A fully equipped IT centre, with both PC and Mac computers and featuring industry-standard software packages such as Adobe Creative Suite, QuarkXpress and video and audio editing programs. Training and access to photographic equipment is also available.

Our English and film course is taught by a combination of academic researchers and industry professionals.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Publishing
  • Writing 
  • PR 
  • Advertising 
  • TV
  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Research in film, media and culture.

90%

of students go on to work and/or study

100%

of students feel staff have made the subject more interesting

Industry links

You will be taught by experts in their fields, including screenwriters, producers, directors and academics with an excellent range of published work and strong ties to the industry.

We also host a programme of guest lectures and masterclasses by professionals in the film, writing and publishing industries. Recent examples include award winning film directors Alan Parker, Michael Apted and Mike Hodges, producers Claire Lewis and Nik Powell, writer Julian Unthank, cinematographer Brian Tufano (Trainspotting), editors Alex Mackie (CSI) and Anne V Coates and speakers from a range of film and TV companies, including the BBC, Channel 4, the Film Council, Polygram, Working Title, the National Film Archive and the BBFC.

Solent Creatives, our in-house creative agency, provides opportunities to develop links with employers and enhance your employability with professional experience on live creative briefs.

Placements

Work experience is a core element of our English degrees and you’ll be encouraged and supported in finding placement opportunities. You’ll also have the option of working at our in-house agencies: Solent Creatives, Solent Press and Solent TV.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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