University of Bristol

Film and Television

This distinctive and exciting programme integrates film-making practice with textual and historical approaches to the study of film and television. As a student on this innovative course, you will have the opportunity to learn the skills of film production, working intensively in small groups to explore aesthetic possibilities and gain insights into the craft and industry of screen media. You will also engage with critical perspectives and develop high ­level analysis skills. You will encounter a range of different research methods and be supported as you progress to independent learning. The University of Bristol has more than 40 years' experience in this field and the programme draws on the expertise of world-leading scholars, expert practitioners and industry professionals. The Department of Film and Television hosts a series of research seminars and industry masterclasses designed to enrich your studies. Facilities include a 200-seat cinema, a production studio, animation and edit suites, seminar rooms and sound rooms. Bristol is an excellent city in which to study film and television, with its varied cinema, television and digital media spaces, such as the Arnolfini, BBC Bristol, The Cube and Watershed Media Centre. Bristol's Harbourside is home to an array of film festivals, including the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the Slapstick Festival and the Afrika Eye Festival.

Course modules

The programme has been designed to develop skills and knowledge cumulatively, while allowing you the opportunity to tailor your learning to your specific areas of interest. In the first semester, you will be taught the skills and techniques of written formal analysis. You will have the option to learn the core skills of practical film making. These units will provide the foundation for optional units across the year, many of which will incorporate elements of intensive practice alongside more traditional critical and theoretical learning. In the second semester, you will gain knowledge of research methods relevant to the field of film and television studies. This will provide you with the necessary foundation to progress to the dissertation stage. Optional units may vary but will draw on departmental expertise in integrated practice research, writing, directing and production skills such as cinematography and editing, as well as specialisms including animation, aesthetics, particular film or television genres and histories, national cinemas, and documentary. You will also be able to choose from a wider range of units available within the Faculty of Arts. At the dissertation stage you will choose from three options: taking up an industrial placement (for which you will also produce a written element); writing an extended essay on a film and/or television topic of your choice (perhaps about a particular film/television programme or a study of the film/TV industries); or producing a piece of practice either individually or in a team (usually a short film or a film essay) to be accompanied by individual written reflection. All dissertation options will be supervised by one or more academic advisers. Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Film and Television. (


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 8,600 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 18,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 4,300 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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