BA Film and Spanish (L288)

2016 entry

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UCAS code L288
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 27
Number of places for 2016/17 4

About BA Film and Spanish

This course combines Film with the study of Spanish, and will suit those with an enquiring mind as well as a passion for exploring the culture of another country and society. You will study histories and theories of film, as well as learning practical skills in filmmaking, and take units in Spanish.

Spanish is the second most widely spoken European language in the world and is the second language of the USA. Studying a modern language in the context of its speakers' history, literature, experience and outlooks broadens horizons and can challenge preconceptions, including about one's own language and country.

You will spend your third year abroad, refining your language skills and cultural knowledge, before returning for your final year when you will have the chance to undertake an independent project or work placement in the creative industries.

More about Film and Television

Find out more about studying Film and Television at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Introduction to Film and Television Studies
  • Production Skills for Film
  • Close-Up on Film
  • Criticism in the Arts
  • Spanish Language
  • Introduction to the History and Literature of Spain and Latin America

Second year

  • Film History to 1960 or Film and Television History, 1960 to the present
  • Plus a choice of two from the following units (indicative):
    • Television Broadcasting
    • Animated Film
    • Screen Technologies: Colour
    • Hollywood Cinema History
    • Film and Television Comedy
    • Documentary Histories and Practices
  • Spanish Language
  • Two optional units in Spanish (eg: Social Conflict and Political Upheaval in Spain, Nationalism and national Identity in Argentina, 1810-1955, Race, Religion and Gender, Women’s Writing in Postwar Spain, From Frontiers to Football: Nations in Latin America)

Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year

  • A choice of two from the following units (indicative):
    • Contemporary Hollywood
    • Digital Filmmaking
    • Film Criticism
  • Independent Study in Film through one of the following:
    • Practical Project
    • Written Dissertation
    • Placement in creative industry
  • Spanish Language
  • Two optional units in Spanish (eg: Atlantic Cinema, Spain in Transition 1966-92, The Theatre of Federico Garcia Lorca, Hispanic Sociolinguistics, Conquest and Colonisation: Spanish America 1492-1700, Columbia: History and Culture since Independence)
Further details about the course structure for Film
Further details about the course structure for Spanish

Typical offer for BA Film and Spanish

(including international A-levels)
AAB including a modern language*
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
ABB including a modern language*
IB Diploma 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*
BTEC DDD plus A-level grade B in a modern language*
SQASH: AAABB and AH: AB including a modern language*
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB80% overall with 8 in a modern language*
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:no specific subjects required.
Academic qualifications*Spanish can be studied from beginner level but all applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with a modern language A-level at grade B or above (or equivalent).

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