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Film Studies and Music BA (Hons)

University of Manchester

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Our BA Film Studies and Music joint honours course aims to develop your understanding and awareness of the rich possibilities of both of these creative media, encouraging you to approach your study from a range of historical and theoretical perspectives. **Film Studies** At the heart of our Film Studies courses is a commitment to expanding your experience of film through modules and screenings that focus on both classical and contemporary cinema, covering a wide range of film cultures from around the world.You will study mainstream and non-mainstream films in order to broaden your understanding of the history of film, as well as the debates and issues that are informing and generated by current practice in film and shaping its future. As you enhance your skills of close analysis, you will also develop an understanding of how film engages with socio-cultural and political concerns, placing the films you study in their historical context, as well as thinking about current debates and future challenges for cinema as a medium. You will be taught through a combination of lectures and smaller seminar discussion groups, with the vast majority of course units supported by a programme of relevant film screenings, taking advantage of cinema-standard digital projection facilities. The course emphasises historical and theoretical approaches to studying film, rather than practical production modules. You will be encouraged to develop as independent critical thinkers able to work in a diverse range of assessment scenarios, taking in solo written assignments, presentations and, on certain units, group work and creative projects that enable you to put theory into practice.One of our core aims is to deepen your enthusiasm and understanding of film and equip you with the skills and confidence to be able to convey your knowledge in a diverse range of settings and employment situations. The course seeks to develop and enhance your transferable skills so that you will be able to look to making meaningful contributions to relevant fields, including careers in film education, distribution, exhibition and curation.**Music** We admit students of a high calibre, with graduates who go on to work in the music profession, the creative industries and beyond. We offer excellence in Performance , Compositionand Musicology , incorporating specialisms in Music Theory & Analysis and Ethnomusicology. Underpinned by our excellence in research, regular updates in the course content reflect the latest findings in music scholarship. With a range of course units to choose from (see the lists below), the course is diverse and flexible, enabling you to build upon existing interests, while allowing you the room to discover new ways of understanding, performing and creating music. With our mix of academic and practical experience, you will be taught by internationally recognised academics and a roster of professional instrumental and vocal tutors, drawn from Manchester and the North West. Our teaching and music-making takes place in the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama. You will rehearse, take masterclasses and perform in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall and can get your hands on the latest digital-audio technology in the award-winning NOVARS studios for electroacoustic music and interactive media. You will also benefit musically, academically and socially from the extensive music-making and management opportunities provided by the Music Society and the 100+ concerts and events that the department sponsors each year. And this is to say nothing of the diversity of music to be experienced in cosmopolitan Manchester, a global city for the performing arts with a rich heritage of professional and amateur music-making.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 19,500per year

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Entry requirements

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A level : AAB

AAB, including A in Music.Alternatively, we will accept AAB plus ABRSM Grade 8 Theory at Merit or above, if a candidate is not taking A-level Music; one A-level must be in an essay-based subject (such as English Literature, History or Politics).Also required is Associated Board (or equivalent) Grade VIII Practical, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.The course requires you to achieve the same musical entry requirements as those on our Single Honours MusB Music, thus enabling you to pursue any area of s


University information

University of Manchester

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  • Campus address

    The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 102 8

    3rd out of 85 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    173 90%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    58 58%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    199 92%


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    / Max 100
    80 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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