Film and Television study guide 2022/23

Film and Television at Bristol

Bristol was among the first Universities in the UK to offer the academic study of film and television, and this commitment to innovation has continued ever since. Our students benefit from a scholarly grounding pertinent to careers in television production, filmmaking, journalism, cinema programming, education, arts administration, and many more areas besides, as reflected in our very strong league table score for graduate prospects. Joining our department will allow you to explore the history and practices of film and television and consider theoretical perspectives that will help you shape your own skills and techniques, guided by leading scholars and practitioners. Students at Bristol are able to develop their interests across a broad spectrum of subjects and approaches – including film criticism, contemporary Hollywood, British television, global cinema and documentary – learning from staff who are passionately dedicated to the study of film and television.

Unit structure

The department offers many classes that are based in a single semester, and can therefore accept unit requests from Study Abroad students who want to join Bristol for just the autumn or spring semester.

Unit levels

The department offers units across all undergraduate levels of study: year 1 (level C/4), year 2 (level I/5), and year 3 (level H/6) units. Some postgraduate units are available for students who are completing a postgraduate degree in Film and Television, or a related discipline, at their home university. These are not suitable units for undergraduate students.

Unit codes

Unit codes in the Department of Film and Television begin with 'FATV'. This is followed by a number indicating the year (1, 2, 3). For example:

  • FATV10000 = year 1 unit
  • FATV20000 = year 2 unit
  • FATV30000 = year 3 unit.

For more information about each unit, check the University's unit catalogue for 2022/23. Applicants on all study abroad programmes must review the unit details on the catalogue before listing unit choices on their application form. This includes checking the format of assessment for each unit. The unit catalogue for 2022/23 is updated by April.

Your unit choices cannot be guaranteed. Some units may not have capacity to accommodate all of the unit requests we receive. Registration on a unit also depends on whether you meet the pre-requisite conditions through prior study at your home university.

Units available on the study abroad programme in 2022/23

The following units from the Department of Film and Television are open to incoming Study Abroad students.

Year 1 (level C/4)

  • Close Up on Film (TB2) - FATV10002
  • Close Up on Television (TB2) - FATV10004
  • Introduction to Film and Television Studies (TB1) - FATV10005

Year 2 (level I/5)

  • British Cinema and TV (TB1) - FATV20001
  • Creative Technologies (TB2) - FATV20021
  • Documentary Histories & Practices (TB1) - FATV20009
  • Film and Television History, 1960 to the present (TB2) - FATV20004
  • Film and TV Audiences (TB1) - FATV20008 - unfortunately this unit is no longer running in 2022-23
  • Film and TV Comedy (TB1) - FATV20005
  • Film Director's Vision (TB1) - FATV20006
  • Film Genre (TB1) - FATV20002
  • Film History to 1960 (TB1) - FATV20011
  • Hollywood Cinema History (TB2) - FATV20007
  • Screen Performance (TB2) - FATV20003

Year 3 (level H/6)

  • Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (TB1) - FATV30011
  • Contemporary TV Drama (TB2) - FATV30022
  • Contemporary World Cinemas (TB1) - FATV30010
  • Film Criticism (TB1) - FATV30006
  • Film Festivals (TB1) - FATV30023
  • Global Cinemas / Local Stories (TB2) - FATV30005
  • Industry Study (TB1) - FATV30004 - please note that this is an independent study unit where you will recieve individual supervison. This option is only suitable for Film and Television majors at an advanced stage of their studies. The unit does not involve any placement/industry work.
  • Political Film (TB1) - FATV30018
  • Television: Ideas and Industry (TB1) - FATV30020

Year 4 (level M/7)

Please note that the following units are only available to students who are completing a postgraduate degree in Film and Television, or a related discipline, at their home university. These are not suitable units for undergraduate students:

  • Documentary Film and Television (TB1) - FATVM0003
  • Screen Forms and Analysis (TB1) - FATVM0016
  • Screening Nations (TB1) - FATVM0017
  • Screen Style and Aesthetics (TB2) - FATVM0013
  • Television Drama (TB2) - FATVM0001
  • The Art of Cinematography (TB2) - FATVM0004
  • The Art of Editing (TB2) - FATVM0005

Other units focusing on Film and Television

If you are not a Film and Television major, but wish to take a unit in this area, you may be interested in the following units run by the School of Modern Languages:

  • Classics of European Cinema (TB2) - MODL10010
  • Contemporary European Cinema (TB1) - MODL10009

These units are taught in English and do not require knowledge of another language.

The following units are also available but require a level of knowledge in the language they focus on:

  • Chantal Akermans's Cinema: Queering Conventions and Screening Desire (TB2) - FREN30130 (French)
  • German Literature and Film: Genres, Texts, Contexts (TB1) - GERM10035 (German)
  • Introduction to French Cinema (TB1) - FREN20056 (French)
  • Introduction to Latin American Film (TB2) - HISP20114 (Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change (TB1) - ITAL29007 (Italian)
  • Queer Writing and Film in The Hispanic World (TB1) - HISP20118 (Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Screening the Past: Representing History in Contemporary Italian Cinema (TB1) - ITAL30046 (Italian)

Application queries

Contact the Global Opportunities Team if you have any queries about the application process for the study abroad programmes:

Phone: +44 117 39 40207


Students cannot audit units. Study abroad students are fully registered on units for credit purposes and must attend teaching only for classes that they are registered on.

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