2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Film Studies with Foundation Year

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

AFSF

Points required:

72

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Send a message >

Why study Film Studies with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • VISIT LAST YEAR'S LIVERPOOL SCREEN SCHOOL DEGREE SHOW
  • Explore the history and development of cinema from around the world
  • Study film theory, criticism and interpretation
  • Hands-on practice with digital cameras and editing software
  • Opportunity to learn filmmaking skills      
  • Opens up careers in film production, exhibition and distribution as well as research and teaching

About your course

The BA (Hons) Film Studies with Foundation at Liverpool John Moores University is a hybrid degree that combines practical and theoretical work. The course will enable you to explore the development of cinema worldwide, while providing you with extensive hands-on filmmaking and editing experience using our industry-standard production studio and editing suites.

Additional course costs

Production expenses are subsidised for Final Film Production at level 6.

The degree offered by LJMU is an academic programme but you will also be given the option of receiving hands-on practical experience with digital cameras and editing software to create an impressive portfolio of your own. This will include short fiction and documentary. Liverpool is the second most filmed city in the UK after London and the perfect place to start your filmmaking career.

You will be based in the Liverpool Screen School, which is located in the £38million Redmonds Building in the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool city centre. The building features the latest in specialist facilities, including a production studio, a green screen and designated editing suites.

"The degree was the first time I had direct academic support towards becoming a filmmaker. Having never written or worked on a film's production before, the course gave me my first invaluable practical experience. Since graduating, I have received two short film commissions from the UK Film Council as a writer-director."

Aubrey Reynolds, Film Studies graduate

Professional accreditation/links

The Liverpool Screen School enjoys excellent connections with key film and media organisations in the UK and internationally. Such connections open up exciting chances to network with leading practitioners as well as diverse work-related learning opportunities where you can put what you have learnt at LJMU into practise out in industry.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

This course has a strong vocational dimension and encourages the development of a particular set of skills that are valued not only in the film industry but in other industries as well.

LJMU Film Studies graduates have gone on to work in the film and television industries as writers, directors, researchers and actors. Employers include the BBC, Channel 4, FACT, LA Productions and Lime Pictures. 

Key skills gained during the degree - such as problem solving as part of a team, critical judgement and being able to approach tasks independently, creatively and in a disciplined manner - are also in demand in public relations, advertising, corporate communications, cultural journalism, research and the film and television service industries. As a Screen School student,
you will receive lots of opportunities to gain paid and unpaid work experience from PULSS (Production Unit Liverpool Screen School) alongside the taught curriculum

Alternatively, you may want to pursue postgraduate study at MA and PhD level or go into teaching.

Some of our graduate destinations include:

  • Joshua Pullar: ProducerMTV (New York)
  • Alex Beards: Editor LA Productions
  • Matthew Plant: Locations Assistant on Peaky Blinders
  • Abby Brennan: Digital Content Producer Creative England
  • Matthew Wiggins: PA/Editorial Department - Artemis Fowl, Rocket Man, Mamma Mia 2
  • Adam Yee: Social Media and Marketing - Sichuan Education Association (China)
  • Emma Green: Digital Marketing - Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • Adam Jones: Won BAFTA Scholarship
  • Joe Costin: MCR Manager - Envy Post Production
  • Danny Kilbride: Creative Director - Thinking Film Ltd.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

News and views

Browse through the latest stories and updates from the University and beyond

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 3

Core modules

Preparing for Success: Academic Skills
20 credits

This module provides you with the integrated skills required for academic success. You will develop your skills of creating posters, constructing bibliographies, and sourcing relevant materials. Alongside this you will learn to identify and understand academic writing and referencing techniques. The multi-disciplinary syllabus and assessment tasks will enable you to acquire the academic skills needed for successful transition into Level 4 and the completion of the degree.

Investigating Liverpool
20 credits

This module provides you with the necessary skills to develop a research project on the Liverpool City region from your particular subject perspective. You will explain academic research methods, write a coherent piece of academic work based on an understanding of Liverpool, and locate relevant research to support your project. The module will help you to develop an independent approach to learning. 

Creative Notebook
20 credits

In this module you will be introduced to academic staff in the Liverpool Screen School who will, each week, share personal passions and show how these have driven their research, writing and production profiles. You will be set smaller learning tasks driven by these specific interests in order to broaden knowledge and its practical applications. These tasks will form the content of the creative notebook. You will be encouraged to identify, consider and explore your own passions, potentially developing new enthusiasms as your experiences are widened.

Media Landscapes
20 credits

In this module you will be introduced to local organisations and companies and will be equipped with a broad understanding of the media, creative industries and organisations allied to the subjects covered by the Foundation course. This module enables you to study one of these organisations in depth, considering its history and contemporary purpose. You will also develop basic research and report-writing skills.

Media Literacies
20 credits

In this module you will be introduced to the vocabularies and conventions of the different media and creative subjects. You will practice the use of this vocabulary and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills through the production of a blog, exercises for which will be set during the semester.

Creative Project
20 credits

This module enables you to develop subject specialist and collaborative creative practice through the opportunity to create a performance/media event in response to a given stimulus theme. You will also be provided vocabularies and strategies for reflection on, and evaluation of, individual creative practice.

Level 4

Core modules

Film Language
20 credits

Film Language will introduce you to the key formal and aesthetic properties of film. You will learn different components of filmmaking, such as cinematography, editing, lighting, music, sound and mise-en-scene. This module will equip you with the fundamental tools for close textual analysis and basic elements of academic essay writing.

Screenwriting and Genre
20 credits

This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to genre and scriptwriting. You will learn how to use script formatting software as well as exploring the relationship between script and final film.

Introduction to Filmmaking 1
20 credits

The Studio Project/s provides the opportunity for you to develop your own programme of study via a series of projects. The aim of this module is to produce a creative body of work demonstrating a range of design applications in relationship to target audiences and support the development of research methodologies to appy to a range of concepts and outputs. This will strengthen the components of the Personal Development Portfolio focusing towards employabilty.

Introduction to Filmmaking 2
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the basic principles of factual filmmaking. You will be introduced to the organisation, planning and production of factual film to be able to critically reflect your own factual filmmaking.

Film Criticism
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop critical skills in film studies by outlining the different critical approaches to cinema. You will investigate textual criticism, identity politics and various other interpretive paradigms.

Documentary: Film and Reality
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the different formats of documentary, showing how throughout history, documentary film has taken various forms. You will investigate the problems of representing the historical world on screen and asses the ethical implications of different forms of representing reality.

Level 5

Core modules

American Cinema
20 credits

The module offers an overview of historical developments in American cinema from the silent period to the present, highlighting key industrial, technological and aesthetic transformations in its history. It explores the concepts of classical and postclassical cinema, and assesses their usefulness for understanding the recurring group characteristics of American cinema. It focuses on both mainstream and Independent films, and explores the changing social and industrial landscape in which they are produced, distributed and exhibited, and the effects of these changes on the form and style of the films.

Experimental Filmmaking
20 credits

In this module you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience, planning and managing a short film production. You will be able to develop specific skills in the areas of cinematography, lighting and sound design, as well as post production skills in editing and colour grading.

European Cinema
20 credits

This module serves as an introduction to the range and variety of films produced in Europe, and their industrial contexts. It highlights the diversity of cinematic production in Europe, focusing not only on different national traditions, but also on the fact that European cinemas consist both of art and popular films.

Optional modules

Film Adaptation
20 credits

In this module you will investigate the relationship between film and source texts such as novels, comic books, graphic novels, scripts, plays, computer games, other films etc. You will also explore the theoretical issues surrounding the relationship of form to content in narrative fiction film as they are highlighted in the process of adaptation, to facilitate the adaptation of a text into a film script.

Short Filmmaking
20 credits

Through practice-based learning, you will learn to plan, manage and produce a short film and develop the technical skills associated with filmmaking.

Working in Film
20 credits

The aim of this module is to give you an understanding of the working practices and organisation of the British film industry in the sectors of film funding, production, distribution and exhibition. It allows you to develop a personal career experience plan to aid future employment.

Audiovisual Essay
20 credits

This module provides a framework for you to develop a critical awareness of film studies and provides the analytical, reflexive, scholarly and practical skills to produce an audio-visual essay. You will use and explore digital technologies in order to investigate their objects of study, using the material itself to ask questions of the medium.

Level 6

Core modules

Final Film Pre-Production
10 credits

Within this module, you will learn approaches to pre-production and planning skills for fiction, documentary, and experimental film. You will also demonstrate how to compile a film proposal portfolio and explain how films are commonly pitched to a film industry audience.

Final Film Production
20 credits

In this module you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience of some of the technical equipment required for short video production at an advanced level with either fiction or non-fiction filmmaking.

Optional modules

World Cinema
20 credits

This module will provide an overview of world cinema so that you can examine cinemas of the world historically and aesthetically, developing an understanding of films from different cultural contexts.

Writing For Film
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to a range of writing skills adopted by the film industry. Throughout this module, you will practice different modes of writing and other skills such as recording videos for vlogs and other photo editing skills.

Interpretation in Film
20 credits

In this module you will explore historical and contemporary approaches to film interpretation. You will be able to critically examine and evaluate approaches to film interpretation so that you can engage with the serious analysis of film.

Dissertation
30 credits

This module provides you with the opportunity to research and conduct an in depth written study in any approved subject in Film Studies.

Mixed Media Research Project
30 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to explore the relationship between theory and practice to be able to research in depth on a specific topic of your own choice.

Work Based Learning
20 credits

This module will provide you with the opportunity to widen your direct knowledge of working practices in a media-related field, to widen your contacts and to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt throughout the course. It also encourages you to develop transferrable skills relevant to the world of work.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, writing workshops, film screenings, online activities and production group work. Your tutors will also be available for one-to-one tutorials and we make extensive use of our virtual learning environment, Canvas, to provide course information, further reading and peer interaction. 

Work-related Learning

The programme includes opportunities for work-based learning in which you spend a portion of your studies working in film or film-related industries, followed up by a written account of your experience. This is an invaluable opportunity to further enhance the practical and transferable skills that give you a professional edge when it comes to securing your first job in this very competitive market.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide one-to-one support over the three years of the course. Their role is to give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and professional development.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We appreciate that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include coursework (essays, reviews, individual and group presentations, individual and group critical self-evaluation, logbooks, self-reflective group portfolios, research exercises, individual work-based learning reports and dissertations); exams (seen and unseen, plus class-tests) and group productions (pre-production portfolios, factual and fictional films).

Constructive feedback is vital in helping you to identify your strengths and areas where you may need to put in more work. We aim to provide this within 21 days of submission of a piece of work.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Ruth Doughty

Dr Ruth Doughty

Programme leader

Dr Ruth Doughty is the Programme Leader for Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research interests include African American cinema, Film Music, Theory and Liverpool. Ruth is one of the co-founding editors of the peer-reviewed Routledge journal Transnational Screens (formerly Transnational Cinemas). She has also co-authored the book Understanding Film Theory (2017, 2nd edition) which has been translated into easy Chinese 电影理论自修课. Ruth is the principal investigator on a Heritage Lottery Funded project looking at the history of the Littlewoods Pools building in Liverpool as part of an oral history/audio-visual community project.

The hybrid course will enable you to explore the development of cinema worldwide, while providing you with extensive hands-on filmmaking and editing experience using our industry-standard production studio and editing suites.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, TV studios, radio suites, green screen, editing rooms and news rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 72


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: DDD
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 24 Merits and 21 Passes, or any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 72 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 72 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level
Will I be interviewed?

Mature or non-standard applicants may be invited to interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​We are looking for students with a critical and practical enthusiasm for film.

The kind of essential skills that you will need to demonstrate in your application are:

Teamwork, as you will have to work closely with others.

Good communication skills, as you will be expected to contribute to seminars and give presentations.

The ability to write logically and grammatically

Good analytical skills, so that you can critically assess films.


Desirable Skills are:
Information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for essays and projects

Time management skills, as you will have to work to deadlines on a regular basis

Good IT skills, as you will be expected to submit work that has been word processed.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.