BA Hons Film, Photography and Media
The BA Film, Photography and Media focuses on the development of theoretical and practical knowledge in digital film and photography. Students can also study a wide range of options including TV production, film editing, film production, script writing, film history, digital imaging and documentary production. For admissions enquiries, contact the Admissions Tutor, John Edmonds.
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This unique programme blends film, photography and media to help you develop the practical and theoretical knowledge to succeed in the fast-growing digital media industries.
You’ll study a range of production practices such as digital filmmaking, screenwriting and digital photography, and explore the ways in which theory and practice can support each other. At the same time, you’ll examine different approaches to understanding dominant forms of communication throughout history.
A wide range of options will also allow you to focus on TV production, film editing or production, scriptwriting, film history and theory, digital imaging, motion graphics, documentary production and mobile media.
You’ll gain practical production and post-production skills alongside a broader understanding of the historical, cultural, business and managerial contexts of these key media.
You’ll study in a supportive environment equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge resources. As well as our extensive loans service for equipment such as digital recorders, video cameras, stills cameras and more, you’ll benefit from access to our 40 editing suites equipped with the latest Avid video editing software and Photoshop.
The 58-seat Phil Taylor Cinema screens films twice a week during term time, and is equipped with HD video projection facilities, 16mm and 35mm film projectors and Dolby Digital surround sound. Our newly refurbished basement area has 5 bespoke specialist production pods as well as a new teaching area.
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Year 1 lays the foundations of the course by helping you to develop your academic and practice-based skills. Core modules will introduce you to screenwriting as well as camera, editing and photographic practices. You’ll then put these into context and build your critical skills with modules on the history and theory of film and communications, and learn more about research in communication and media that can help to inform practice.
In the following year you’ll expand and enhance your skills as you work on a short film project and take further core modules in photography and cinema. You’ll also begin to specialise in topics that suit your interests, career plans and abilities, with optional modules that range from motion graphics to PR, issues of genre in cinema and the role of technology in communication and the media.
By your final year, you’ll be in a position to work on a major project born out of your own interests. You could work on a script, compile a photography portfolio, make a short film (group based), develop a moving image project or complete a written dissertation on a topic in communication and media.
To complete your studies, you’ll choose from optional modules on topics like audience research, mobile media, documentary journalism and international communication – and you could undertake a four-week work placement to gain hands-on industry experience.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Introduction to Media and Communication Research 20 credits
- Camera and Editing 20 credits
- Introduction to Cinema 20 credits
- Photographic Practices 20 credits
- Screen Narrative 20 credits
- The History of Communication 20 credits
- Introduction to Media and Communication Theory 20 credits
- Thinking Photographically: Developing Approaches to Photography 20 credits
- Cinematic Themes 20 credits
- Short Film Production 20 credits
- Visual Communication 20 credits
- Technology in Communication and Media 20 credits
- Music as Communication 20 credits
- Communication Skills 20 credits
- Screen Fiction 20 credits
- Working in Digital Media 20 credits
- Creative Practice 20 credits
- Motion Graphics 20 credits
- Communication Research Methods 20 credits
- Introduction to Public Relations 20 credits
- Psychotronic Cinemas: The Cult Movie World Wide 20 credits
- Contemporary European Cinema 20 credits
- From Film Noir to Asia Extreme: Questioning Genre in World Cinemas 20 credits
You'll choose one of the projects below.
- Communication Dissertation 40 credits
- Moving Image Project 40 credits
- Script Project 40 credits
- Cinema Project 40 credits
- Photography Project 40 credits
- Film Theory and Aesthetics 20 credits
- The Documentary and Reality 20 credits
- Politics, Performance and Rhetoric 20 credits
- International Communication 20 credits
- Placement 20 credits
- Internet Policy 20 credits
- Mobile Media 20 credits
- Themes in Contemporary Photography 20 credits
- War and Media 20 credits
- Media Philosophy: Technological Dasein 20 credits
- Promotional Culture 20 credits
- Creative Work in the Cultural Industries 20 credits
- Cinema in the Digital Era 20 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn among experienced practitioners and world-renowned academics using a wide range of teaching and learning methods, to give you the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills that you need for a career in this challenging industry. These will include practical classes as well as lectures, seminars and tutorials.
In addition, you’ll have a reading list for each module and independent study is a crucial part of the degree, allowing you to develop your own ideas, creativity and understanding. Your tutors are available during their office hours to discuss any issues or questions that arise.
We use a variety of assessment methods so you can demonstrate different skills. These will include practical production coursework, team presentations, group projects, essays and exams.
This programme will allow you to develop your creative and technical skills across three different yet related disciplines, along with in-depth theoretical knowledge and important transferable skills in communication, visual and critical awareness, writing, interpretation, project management and research.
Our graduates are actively recruited by a variety of prestigious companies in different sectors of the media and creative industries, including film and TV production companies, web-based companies and advertising and marketing agencies. Others pursue postgraduate study or freelance work – and some also go on to start their own businesses and form independent production companies.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
If you don’t want to spend a full year on a placement, you can still choose to take the Placement optional module, which gives you the chance to spend around four weeks working at a company or organisation within the media or a related industry. We have excellent links with the local, regional and national creative industries, ensuring that you have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience that complements your learning.