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How you'll learn

Our flexibly designed degrees are built around innovative modules, industry partnerships, creative teaching and critical thinking - a strong foundation for your future career.

Because we challenge our students in a range of disciplines and contexts, we can help you graduate with a well-rounded skillset and a catalogue of valuable experiences.

Creative teaching methods

Our lecturers, technicians and visiting experts work together to provide you with a comprehensive and varied learning experience. Through practical workshops, classroom discussions, masterclasses and extended research projects, you'll develop skills that are highly valued by creative and commercial organisations.

For example, our first-year module 'Making Meaning' uses a combination of seminars, multimedia exercises and workshops with visiting practitioners. Students explore how to respond creatively and thoughtfully to real-world contemporary issues such as conflict and migration, and get a strong feel for the pressures and excitement of collaborative creative practice.

Student production at Southside

South Side : Year 2 performance directed by Tamara Osborn and Isabella Carini

We also encourage our students to get involved with established practitioners in order to learn techniques and methods in a real-world setting.

Relevant, practical experience

Practical work is a key part of all of our undergraduate degrees, and students soon discover the variety of ways in which they can help creative ideas come to life. For example, you may be able to work on a live soap opera, which is a great way to learn about the many production roles in film and television studios.

Devising and planning practical projects also involves extensive research, and this is an important part of what makes for intellectually engaged productions. Practical work is also an opportunity to collaborate across degrees, allowing you to draw on the skills and talents of other students in the Department.

 Teaching in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television

Academic skills

Academic rigour is central to how we approach film, theatre and television. Your research and discussions will engage with a diverse range of critical topics - from Hitchcockian cinematography to 'unruly women' in TV comedy, from racial politics in contemporary performance to children's media. You'll be challenged to write not only essays, but scripts and blogs and reports, helping you develop flexible communication skills to take forward into your future career.

Benefit from our partnerships and connections with the creative world

Our lecturers and visiting practitioners are extremely knowledgeable of current practices and trends in the creative industries, and use this to inform your learning. By studying here, you'll become part of our network, giving you access to experience, expertise and a number of career opportunities.

Student on-screen in a film produced at Minghella Studios

The Sandman Awakes : Year 2 film directed by Benedict Jewer and Kjetil Muri Skarstein 

A wide range of optional modules

You will be able to explore an incredible breadth of topics through one of our degrees.

Film and television sample modules

  • Documentary
  • Millennial Television
  • Cinema, Spectacle and Technology
  • Women's Cinema
  • Children's TV
  • World Cinema and Intermediality
  • Videographic Criticism

Theatre sample modules

  • Contemporary Performance
  • Theatres of Crisis
  • World Theatres
  • Performing Ecology
  • Ensemble Practices

Take your next step

Choose your ideal course, discover the topics you'll learn and find out how to apply.

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  • This is Living : Year 3 performance directed by Philippa Rogers

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