Film and Television

Become part of Bristol's longstanding community of filmmakers and scholars, and be inspired by our historic and creative city.

First-class facilities

Access our high-spec 214-seat cinema, 39-seat screening room, digital filmmaking equipment, production studios, animation and edit suites, design workshop and sound rooms.

Expert tuition

Our internationally renowned academics have expertise in archives, classic Hollywood aesthetics, genre and transnational cinemas.

Outstanding reputation

Bristol is ranked 2nd in the UK for Film Production and Photography in the Guardian University Guide 2021.

Film and Television at Bristol

Bristol is distinctive for the way in which our degrees blend historical and theoretical study of film and television with filmmaking practice. Bristol was the first university in the UK to introduce film and television studies to its drama curriculum in the 1960s.

Guided by expert scholars and practitioners, you will explore the history and aesthetics of film, television and digital media through an exciting mixture of traditional academic study and practical filmmaking. Tutors draw on their own research to bring cutting-edge ideas to your studies.

Bring ideas to life with access to filmmaking and digital production equipment, a 4K screening room, two cinemas, production studios, stop-motion animation suites, sound rooms and edit suites.

The teaching quality is superb and we are given so much support. I have enjoyed the mixture of practical and theoretical work. There are plenty of cultural events going on in Bristol, especially to do with my course.

ALICIA, BA FILM AND TELEVISION

Career prospects

We host frequent masterclasses and talks with industry figures, which have included directors, producers, visual effects artists and animators. These are specifically careers oriented and help students understand the inner workings of the film and television industry.

A degree in film and television is an excellent foundation for a large number of career paths within the creative industries.

Graduates have gone into film production, research, broadcasting, arts administration, education, finance and related business sectors, and further study.

Bristol graduates include actors Simon Pegg, Jamie Demetriou and Pearl Mackie, as well as leading directors, producers and visual effects professionals.

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

At first you will study specific topics that teach you how to analyse film and television. You will then move onto historical movements, contemporary practices and the theoretical concepts that underpin and shape film and television.

You will have the opportunity to contextualise your studies by taking options beyond your department. Single honours students can choose to take units in related or broader subject areas.

There are also options to study a joint honours course with English, theatre, innovation or a modern language.

In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake independent projects, including a placement in or study of the creative industries. We have links with a range of film festivals, media archives, arts centres and media companies.

City of film

A UNESCO City of Film, Bristol is full of opportunities to get involved with, and is a real hub of creative activity as well as a frequently used filming location.

Bristol is home to several arthouse cinemas, film festivals, and studios including Aardman Animations and the BBC’s Natural History unit: over one quarter of the world’s nature documentaries are made here.

We have strong links with local partners such as Watershed Media Centre and the Encounters short film and animation festival, as well as larger organisations such as the BBC and the British Film Institute.

Film and Television

The University of Bristol has a history of innovation in the study of film and television. Guided by expert scholars and practitioners, you will explore the history and aesthetics of film, television and digital media through an exciting mixture of traditional academic study and practical filmmaking.

Why study Film and Television at Bristol?

Bristol is distinctive for the way in which our degrees blend historical and theoretical study of film and television with filmmaking practice. You will have the opportunity to develop and extend your interests across a broad spectrum of subjects and approaches and through a variety of teaching methods.

The curriculum progresses from introductory units, which use specific topics to teach you how to analyse film and television, to more advanced units that cover significant historical movements, contemporary practices and the theoretical concepts that underpin and shape film and television.

You will have access to our filmmaking and digital production equipment, 4K screening room, two cinemas, production studios, stop-motion animation suites, sound rooms and edit suites.

In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake independent projects, including a placement in or study of the creative industries. We have links with a range of film festivals, media archives, arts centres and media companies.

What kind of student would this course suit?

This subject is suitable for those with an interest in and passion for film and television. You will study these areas in an academic context and engage creatively with the practice of filmmaking.

Our courses offer a combination of conceptual, historical and practical study. They are particularly suitable for students who wish to develop a deep understanding of film, television and filmmaking skills through a rigorous and multifaceted degree.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Teaching is delivered through a combination of screenings, lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops and supervisions.

In your final year we offer three supervised, independent projects: a written dissertation, a practical project and an industrial placement or study.

Assessment is by a combination of essays, live and recorded presentations, practical work, reflexive accounts and portfolios.

What are my career prospects?

The creative industries remain the biggest and fastest-growing UK industry sector and a degree in film and television is an excellent foundation for a large number of career paths within this sector.

Our students develop excellent transferable skills, which are highly sought after by employers. Graduates have gone into film production, research, broadcasting, arts administration, education, and finance and related business sectors.

We host frequent masterclasses and talks with industry figures, which have included directors, producers, visual effects artists and animators. These are specifically careers oriented and help students understand the inner workings of the film and television industry.

We also have a lively postgraduate community and many of our students go on to study on our MA programmes and research degrees.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

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