Film & Media

Based in the Department of Film and Creative Writing, this programme will provide students with an introduction to studying and experiencing film and media culture in the United Kingdom.

Seminars, lectures and workshops will combine with field trips and external activities to offer a comprehensive picture of the disciplines and their place in modern society. Professional academics and practitioners from the University of Birmingham will be on hand to provide expert guidance and support.

The intensive three week programme in Film & Media covers an array of topics including: 

Week 1

  • Module Induction – Audio-Visual Storytelling
  • Ethical Filmmaking
  • Research Skills for Film and Television
  • Pre-production - Scripts-Storyboards-Floorplans
  • Digital Distribution: YouTube
  • Filmmaking 101 (a) 

Week 2

  • BBC Drama Village, Birmingham
  • BBC Centre, Mailbox Birmingham
  • Filmmaking 101 (b) – Shot Selection - Shooting for the edit - Transitions
  • ‘Sweded’ Films
  • Editing
  • Studio Audience Trip

Week 3

  • Studio Audience Trip
  • Genre
  • Authorship
  • Performance
  • TV Aesthetics
  • Assessments

This is a three week programme and is equivalent to an accredited undergraduate course (20 UK credits, 5 US credits or 10 ECTS). All students will receive a certificate of attendance.

(Please note that the programme plan is subject to confirmation for BISS 2019) 

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the Film & Media programme you must:

  • Be aged 18 years or over at the start date of the BISS programme.
  • Be studying an undergraduate programme at a University outside the UK or be registered as an International student at a UK university.
  • Be of good academic standing (based on a translated transcript, verified by your University).

English Language Requirements

  • Have achieved proficiency in English Language equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall with no lower than 5.5 in any band.
  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of TOEFL IBT 80 overall with no less than 19 in listening, 19 in reading, 21 in speaking and 19 in writing.

The following equivalent English Language qualifications will also be accepted:

  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of 530 at level 4 or 500 at level 6 in Chinese College English Test (CET).
  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of 60 at TEM level 4.
  • Have achieved English Language Proficiency at HKDSE Level 3.

On completion of the Programme in addition to obtaining 20 credits you will have been given an opportunity to 

- Understand the basic principles of film and media scholarship in the UK

- Appreciate ways in which film and media are distributed and consumed in the UK

- Demonstrate an awareness of the history of film and media in the UK

- Develop and deliver ideas in writing and through critical discussion

Assessment methods

The programme is formally assessed with a written assignment and a group filming project.