Film – how it’s written, promoted, distributed, exhibited, analysed and enjoyed – will be central to your studies on this BA (Hons) Cinema degree. You will analyse and debate the forms and functions of film and cinema, develop your creative writing skills in screenwriting modules, and position yourself as a ‘cinema creative’.
This cinema and film degree is taught in the heart of Cardiff, a city with a thriving film and TV industry. It’s home to Pinewood Studio Wales and it’s where the BBC films many of its drama shows, including Doctor Who and Sherlock.
You’ll study alongside filmmakers from our new Film and TV School Wales, and benefit from industry events on and off campus such as talks by filmmakers and industry professionals and visits to studios and festivals.
In Year One, you will develop the skills to analyse and debate film and cinema. You will practice your creative writing skills in screenwriting, reflect on the industry and your role in it, and begin to develop as a ‘cinema creative’ through a diverse portfolio of written, oral and audio-visual work.
In Year Two, you will explore local, national and global production and exhibition, as well as develop your screenwriting skills further. A placement in the second semester, in conjunction with Film Hub Wales, is an important part this year. You will work supporting an arts venue or cultural event and responsibilities may include research, marketing, programming or education. This will be an excellent opportunity to broaden your knowledge of film and media, as well as gain valuable skills for employment.
Year Three allows you to study advanced modules in theory and practice, and studies in audiences and fandom will further your knowledge in the exhibition sector. You will also complete a final major project in screenwriting or analysis, and curate your own cinema event.
There is also the option to be part of an overseas film-related trip on this cinema and film degree. Past destinations have included Paris, Berlin and Rome where students have visited the French Film Museum, the German Museum of Film and Television, Babelsberg Studios, and Cinecittà, and attended events such as the Berlin Film Festival.
Year One – Cinema degree
- Employability for the Film and Cinema Industries
- Film Analysis
- What is Cinema?
- Cinema and Power
- Hybrid Cinema
Year two – Cinema degree
- Exhibition and Audiences
- British Film and TV Industries
- Global Cinema
- Film Conference
- Professional Practice (Exhibition)
Year Three – Cinema degree
- Advanced Screenwriting for Fiction
- Major Project (Cinema)
- Cinema Dissertation
- Cult Cinema and Fandom
- First-person filmmaking
This cinema and film degree will give you valuable training in communication, and the wide range of skills taught may prepare students for careers in screenwriting, journalism, exhibition, research and education.