This degree programme studies cinema and television as major forces of enjoyment and knowledge within modern culture.
The city of Glasgow is a major centre for film and television production, and practitioners and policymakers from the creative industries visit the University regularly.
Film & Television Studies at Glasgow
Film & Television Studies (FTVS) is a dynamic subject area in the School of Culture & Creative Arts and has achieved national and international distinction in the field.
Based in the Gilmorehill Centre, we are a frequent host for cultural events in Glasgow (Bandstand-related screenings, primary school screenings, etc) and serve as a regular meeting place for particular cine-related and broadcasting interest groups (the Radical Film Network etc). The annual Screen Conference takes place here each summer, attracting scholars from all corners of the world.
We have close involvement with film-related events in the city’s cultural calendar (Glasgow Film Festival, Africa in Motion Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival etc). These are routinely supplemented by ‘pop-up’ events (the Rough Cuts Festival, student animation festival etc), occurring both as virtual and ‘real life’ experiences.
Links with industry
We enjoy historic links with the media production sector in the city of Glasgow (BBC Scotland, Scottish Television, Glasgow Media Centre, Film City, independent film, television and digital media companies etc), and with related sites of curation and exhibition (National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive, Glasgow Film Theatre); of particular significance is the recent relocation of the Moving Image Archive to the refurbished Kelvin Hall, which incorporates a state-of-the art viewing theatre, online access to archival collections and workstation facilities for private study.
Screen production options
We are seeking to innovate and achieve distinction in the realm of practical screen production, a significant aspect of future development in the wider discipline of FTVS. We have two particular Honours options (Screen production for Junior Honours/Screen production for Senior Honours), available to students on the MA programme.
Years 1 and 2 provide a theoretical, critical and historical grounding. At Honours you will have the opportunity to combine core and optional courses involving more specialist study via these approaches, and to explore the role of practical work in enhancing understanding of both media.
You will take two courses, which introduce techniques of film and television analysis, offer perspectives on film and television history, and examine the changing structures of cinema and television as industries:
- Looking, listening, reading
- Key moments in the development of film & television.
You will extend this study with more detailed consideration of key theoretical concepts and historical methods, studying film and television alongside one another in two courses:
- Spectatorship, audiences and identities
- History, aesthetics and genre.
You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.
Years 3 and 4
If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) your studies will consist of a combination of compulsory core courses (Film analysis, Television analysis, Media and cultural policy) and specialist options.
These will typically include courses on particular periods and places (eg postwar Japanese cinema, Scottish film and television); genres (eg animation, amateur cinema); theory and practice of film and television (eg digital media, television production); and specific themes (eg screen performance, children’s television).
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Our international links
International exchanges are a distinctive feature of our work. In your third year you have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or longer. We have particularly successful links with Queen’s University (Canada), the University of New South Wales (Australia) and the University of Hong Kong. See Study abroad.
for entry in 2021
Summary of entry requirements for Film & Television Studies
SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)
- AAAAA Higher or AAAA Higher+B Advanced Higher (BBBB S5 minimum for consideration)
- Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject.
SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)
- AABB – BBBB
- Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.
A-level Standard Entry Requirements
- AAB – BBB
- Additional requirements: one A-level Humanities subject.
IB Standard Entry Requirements
- 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
- Additional requirements: HL English and HL Humanities subject.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
English language requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact External Relations
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
This programme is a valuable preparation for careers in various aspects of the media, arts and cultural industries. The immediate job destinations of some of our recent graduates have included production trainee for the Scottish Media Group and graphics operator for the sports technology specialists Deltatre.
Older graduates are now firmly established in their chosen creative fields, working for leading media companies such as Google and the BBC or as arts administrators, journalists and media academics.
Degrees and UCAS codes
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.
RUK Access Bursary 2020 Entry
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2020/21, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.
RUK Excellence Scholarship 2020
The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent).
The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
If you wish to be considered for Honours Film & Television Studies you must apply using a UCAS code for Film & Television Studies. This is due to high demand for the subject.
Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
International students can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students
We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.
It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college
- Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468
- Apply at commonapp.org (international students)
How to apply for Advanced Entry
Apply for year 2 (Y2) on your UCAS application. If the specific subject is unavailable for Advanced Entry or your application for year 2 entry is unsuccessful, you will be automatically considered for year 1 entry. You do not have to submit a separate UCAS application.
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