Film & Media

3 weeks
Course Type
Summer School

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: 

  • Film Screenings
  • Audio-visual Storytelling
  • Filmmaking
  • Ethical Filmmaking
  • Acting, Directing and Screenwriting
  • Sound, Lighting and Editing Workshops
  • Tours may include the BBC Centre and the Warner Bros. Studio
  • Genre
  • Sweded Film Production

This is a three week programme and is equivalent to an accedited 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 2020.

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.
  • Have achieved English Language proficiency of PEARSON with a minimum of 53 in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

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.



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