Film & Television Studies MA
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 policy makers from the creative industries visit the University regularly.
Film & Television Studies at Glasgow
Film and Television Studies (FTVS) is a dynamic subject area, graduating students for the first time in 1986, and now located within the School of Culture and Creative Arts (SCCA) of the College of Arts. With a complement of some 13 academic staff, and approximately 500 students, it has achieved national and international distinction in the FTVS field.
Based in the Gilmorehill Centre, at the heart of the city’s West End, FTVS is a frequent host for cultural events linked to both the immediate area and the wider Glasgow setting (Bandstand-related screenings, primary school screenings, etc.) and serves as a regular meeting place for particular cine-related and broadcasting interest groups (the Radical Film Network, etc.); the annual Screen Conference takes place in the Gilmorehill Centre in June-July each year, attracting scholars from all corners of the world.
Intellectual work covers a broad range of engagements, from the critical-historical to more production-centred components, and is marked by an ongoing commitment to the integration of theory and practice, made in the interests of broadening recruitment, enhancing student employability, and pedagogic innovation within our disciplines. The subject area is now 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. Such investment is represented in undergraduate contexts by two particular honours options (Screen Production for Junior Honours/Screen Production for Senior Honours), available to all members of the MA programme.
The subject area enjoys 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 re-location 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.
FTVS enjoys close involvement with film-related events presences 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.
International exchanges are a distinctive feature of our work in FTVS; students participate in a network of study abroad programmes, with particularly well-established links in place between Queen’s University (Canada), The University of New South Wales (Australia), and the University of Hong Kong. Elsewhere, staff collaborate widely with international partners, including those based in the University of Stockholm, the University of Vienna, the University of Cape Town, and many others.
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 developmentof film and 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 devoted to:
- particular periods and places (eg contemporary television drama, postwar Japanese cinema, Scottish film and television)
- genres (eg animation, amateur cinema, documentary film and television)
- theory and practice of film and television (eg digital media, television production, audiovisual team project, sound and film)
- specific themes (eg screen performance, cinematic journeys, 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
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.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2019
About entry requirements
The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).
The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.
Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.
Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.
If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.
Adjusted Entry Requirements
We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.
For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.
A-levels and International Baccalaureate
The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).
- Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
- Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
- Other mandatory requirements: One A-level arts, humanities or language subject.
- Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB.
- Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: ABBB.
- Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AAAAAB.
- Other mandatory requirements: Higher English at Grade A or B AND a Higher Humanities or Language subject at Grade A or B.
We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.
- Adjusted S5 academic entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB.
- Adjusted S6 academic entry requirements: AABB-BBBBB.
- Adjusted mandatory requirements: Higher English at Grade B AND a Higher Humanities or Language subject at Grade B.
Accepted humanities and languages Highers
Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher and another humanities/language/social science Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages/social science Higher subjects are listed below:
- Business Management
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Modern Studies
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
- Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,5
- Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5
- Other mandatory requirements: HL subjects should include English and a Humanities (or language) subject. SL6 will be accepted for one of English or the Humanities subject.
Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: European requirements: Arts, Science, Engineering, Accountancy, Social Sciences [pdf]
A-level and IB applicants can expect offers to be between the minimum and standard entry requirements depending on demand for places on the degree.
Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited 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 the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
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:
Film & Television Studies: P390
Archaeology/Film & Television Studies: VW46
Classics/Film & Television Studies: QP83
Comparative Literature/Film & Television Studies: PQ32
Digital Media & Information Studies/Film & Television Studies: GP53
English Literature/Film & Television Studies: QW3P
Film & Television Studies/French: RW16
Film & Television Studies/German: RW26
Film & Television Studies/History: VW16
Film & Television Studies/History of Art: VW36
Film & Television Studies/Latin: P3Q6
Film & Television Studies/Music: WW36
Film & Television Studies/Philosophy: VW56
Film & Television Studies/Politics: LW26
Film & Television Studies/Scottish History: VWF6
Film & Television Studies/Scottish Literature: QW26
Film & Television Studies/Social & Public Policy: LW46
Film & Television Studies/Sociology: LW36
Film & Television Studies/Theatre Studies: WW46
Portuguese/Film & Television Studies: 8Y7M
Spanish/Film & Television Studies: P3R5
Fees and funding
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. 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 2018 Entry
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.more information
RUK Excellence Scholarship 2018
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).more information
African Excellence Scholarship (IE Abroad)
The University of Glasgow is offering 1 exclusive scholarship to students from either South Africa or Zimbabwe who have been supported in their application by our representative in these countries – IE Abroad. The scholarship is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges to undertake an undergraduate programme excluding Medicine or Dentistry.more information
Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has a total of 100 Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new international students for 2019 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.more information
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.more information
Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust
The Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust offers bursaries of £500-£3000 to students experiencing financial hardship. As a University of Glasgow student, you are eligible to apply if you have your ordinary residence in Scotland or outside the United Kingdom, and are either an undergraduate in your second year or above, or a postgraduate pursuing a taught or a research degree.more information
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.
If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.
The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or 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.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.
UCAS tariff points
The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.
How soon will I receive a decision?
We will usually respond before the end of March.
If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.
If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.
Will I be interviewed?
An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.
Is deferred entry available?
For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.
Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:
- The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
- The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.
We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.
Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.
of students thought staff were good at explaining things