Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Media Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: P306

What you'll study

On this popular programme the aim is to provide a supportive, challenging, and creative environment to allow you to experience a wide range media based activities. The first year focuses on developing your key knowledge and core skills. In the second and third years, you refine and develop this, choosing from a range of optional modules to follow your personal and career interests.

You'll be assessed by a range of methods including essays, seminar presentations, audio-visual presentations, and class tests. Your practical work will be assessed through a combination of portfolio submission and critical self-reflection of that work. In your final year, you'll pursue an independent extended research project.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Principles of Visual Design

    You will explore the principles of designing for the visual medium using software tools and traditional methods. You'll develop your understanding of layout, typography and colour palettes as well as engaging with design research.

  • The Craft of Filmmaking

    Gain insight into the practical and collaborative elements of filmmaking. This module will introduce you to direction, cinematography, production management, editing and audio, with opportunities for practical application and critical reflection.

Optional modules

  • Writing Criticism

    Sharpen your skills of film analysis. You'll closely examine a range of different types of cinema, and complete a series of written exercises that will help you become a better film critic.

  • Designing User Experience

  • Screen, Nation, Identity

    This module analyses screen texts with reference to their historical contexts of production and reception. You'll explore the relationships between screen texts and identity politics via East Asian, European, and North American cinema. Films include Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Blade Runnerand Festen.

  • Games and Entertainment Studies

  • History of Hollywood Cinema

  • 3D Design 1

    You are introduced to the fundamentals of 3D Design including a range of graphic, marketing and games considerations. You'll learn the basics of modelling, textures and rendering in order to design your own 3D animation and portfolio.

  • Free Elective

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Representing Reality, Disclosing Truth, and Capturing the Everyday

    You'll explore the huge range of different ways that film and television can represent reality, and why, in an era of alternative facts and fake news, representing reality matters. As well as documentary film and television, this module will encompass realist drama, news, lifestyle television, and more.

Optional modules

  • Screening Genders

    This module gives you the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of feminist film theory.

  • American Alternative Cinema

    This module examines and critically evaluates film practice beyond the Hollywood mainstream. You'll encounter alternative filmmaking practices such as 'exploitation cinema', 'trash cinema', 'cult cinema' and 'independent/underground cinema'. You will have the opportunity to study some of the most infamous examples of alternative cinema such as Pink Flamingos, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Bad Girls go to Hell.

  • The Art of Storytelling

    Learn how film stories are put together, and how to take them apart. You'll explore topics including exposition, closure, suspense and temporal ordering, in a module designed to refine your appreciation of the structure of screen narratives.

  • Work Based Learning

  • 3D Design 2

    Engage with 3D character design, rigging and animation. Through a combination of research, study and practical projects, you'll widen your awareness of professional design theory, principles and practice.

  • Interaction, Experience and Engagement

    This module will provide you with an opportunity to explore and experiment with a variety of different interactive mediums. You'll produce a piece for work that encompases a mixture of sound, images and expressions in order to evoke meaning within an interactive experience.

  • American Animation History

    In this module, you'll develop a deeper understanding of the history of American animation by taking an in-depth look at the genre.

  • Landmarks of World Cinema

    Examine different national cinemas and draw on the analysis of relevant historical, cultural, and socio-political contexts. You'll explore concepts including debates around defining world cinema; ideas of first, second and third cinema; global and trans-national cinema; the relationship between genre and world cinema; film movements; international stardom, and film distribution practices.

  • Visual Design 2

    You will explore the design theory that explains intuitive design processes. You'll apply theoretical content to practical design problems and produce refined conceptual solutions.

  • Documenting America: Themes in American Nonfiction Film

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • East Asian Cinema

    This module delivers key critical and theoretical approaches that engage with national and transnational elements of East Asian Cinema. You'll study a dynamic and innovative programme from China, Japan, and Korea including films from Seven Samurai to Old Boy, and filmmakers from Seijun Suzuki to Bong Joon-ho.

  • Is Television History?

    This module offers a wide-ranging exploration of the ways in which television can represent history and act as a subject within history and historical enquiry. You'll study television dramas set in the past; historical documentaries and quasi-documentaries on television; the practices of television history within the academy; issues raised by burgeoning studies of memory and nostalgia; museums and other 'sites of remembrance'; television's uses of its own past; and the effect of television and other recording media upon how we conceptualise history.

  • 3D Animation and World Design

  • Disney Studies

    This module looks at the history and impact of the Disney studio/Disney company.

  • Global Nightmares: Contemporary Horror Cinema From Around the World

    This module critically analyses the contemporary horror film in a variety of national contexts. You'll study horror cinema from countries as diverse as the US, Brazil, France, Australia and Iran, including the films It, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, [REC], and À l'intérieur/Inside.

  • Screen Production Project

  • Creative Leadership and Entrepreneurship

    You will explore the business and career potential of the UK creative industries. You'll design, curate and build an online portfolio of design work together with a creative CV and a business plan.

“I chose Hull because I liked the modules compared to other universities I looked at. They're better suited to me, and what I want to get out of the course.”

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More about this course

Our Media Studies programme is one of very few in the country to incorporate digital and computer game design alongside film and television. This exciting course will give you the opportunity to master creative production skills as well as critically explore the economic, cultural and historical relationship between media and society. The three-year degree is based in the School of Arts, which has an established reputation for leading the field in teaching and research. Our staff have expertise both as researchers and practitioners, which brings new insights into your studies.

At Hull, you'll benefit from brand new facilities – such as Middleton Hall, where we've invested £9.5 million in creating a world-class concert venue, cinema, and theatre space, together with full video production capabilities. These come on top of our media lab and studio facilities. The option of a foundation year is for those who don't have the qualifications for direct entry to the degree course.

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Our teaching staff

Study under industry experts with experience of managing large projects across Europe and delivering creative solutions.

Benefit from our connections with regional film and media organisations, and gain invaluable work experience.

Fantastic facilities include Middleton Hall, with its advanced cinema, as well as a dedicated TV, film and digital media resources.

Hull is one of few universities to incorporate digital and computer game design alongside film and TV.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

Our graduates find employment in a range of careers including journalism, publishing, TV and film production, crewing and events management, government and charity/community media, marketing, public relations and education.

Further study is also an option for graduates with good degrees, and possible subjects include film studies, English, history, cultural studies, new media and communication studies. The practical side of the programme could lead to advanced training in disciplines like film-making or visual design.

Media studies students have gained experience working on several feature films, reflecting the growing significance of the region in terms of film production.

As a graduate, you'll have continuing access to the University's Careers Service, with skills workshops, practice interviews, extensive information and advice – all tailored to helping you secure a career in your chosen field.