Our three-year Film and Media degree focuses on developing your practical skills in documentary film-making alongside an understanding of journalism practice. You’ll also explore media and cultural studies, so you graduate ready for your role in industry.
Your degree is led by our experienced academics and award-winning film-makers. You will develop a range of professional skills to prepare you for your future, such as:
- documentary film-making skills
- writing and multimedia practice for journalism
- critical reflection and essay-writing skills
- online communication and media analysis
You will become a sophisticated, creative and confident documentary film-maker, able to contextualise your own film practice within media, journalism and creative industries.
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
See our terms and conditions for more information
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Your course during COVID-19
Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.
We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.
Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.
Your learning experience
Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.
Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.
In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.
We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.
Terms and conditions and student complaints
The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.
Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.
Quality and ranking
- 3rd in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2021 (Communications and Media category)
- 7th in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2020 (Media and Film Studies category)
- joint 6th in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 (Communications and Media category)
- ranked top 20 in the UK for overall student satisfaction – National Student Survey 2019 (Media Studies category)
- top 200 – Social Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
- over 80% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
You are introduced to documentary film-making as a field of academic study, and will become comfortable with camera, audio, and editing technology. You'll undertake a range of documentary film-making exercises, complemented by a screening-based module exploring documentary film history.
You will choose optional modules in either social and cultural studies, which explore the importance of representations and power in society and the media. Or you can choose one of the Journalism modules which are ideal if you'd like to focus on the links between documentary filmmaking and journalism.
|Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies||20|
|Introduction to Journalism Practice||20|
|Journalism: Pasts, present and future||20|
You build upon your film-making skills and undertake more complex and advanced film-making exercises.
You can also choose to explore issues, subjects, and themes within cultural studies in more depth, and investigate areas of journalism practices and media studies.
|Representations: Identity, Culture and Society||20|
|Making a Short Documentary||20|
|Analysing Documentary Practices||20|
You have the option of a full-year dissertation documentary practice project produced in a crew, or an individual written dissertation. These are opportunities to explore ideas and interests, as well as demonstrate the film-making and research skills you've developed over the first two years of the degree.
You also continue to take options in cultural and media studies, or modules from further across the University.
Teaching and assessment
You are taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, and screening-based classes. However, importantly, you learn documentary film-making and journalism practice skills by doing – undertaking a wide variety of exercises and practical tasks.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Dissertation or research project
Skills and experience
You will create a portfolio of practical film work throughout the degree, including completing crew-based documentary films, and individual microfilms.
You'll also get the chance to attend field trips to film festivals such as Aesthetica Film Festival in York and Edinburgh International Film Festival. You will engage with the local North East film industry through field trips, cinema events, and guest sessions.
You can choose the optional Stage 3 module Working in the Film Industry, led by guests from the film industry. You learn from professionals, develop your networks, and your future careers plans.
You can also take advantage of the annual Creative Careers events.
You will develop research skills through a variety of film-making experiences, as well as learning from expert staff, with research themes including:
- observational film-making
- ethical practice in documentary film-making
- anthropological film-making
- media, journalism and popular culture
- globalisation, nationalism and ethnicity
- gender, the body and sexuality
Chat to a student
I chose Newcastle not only for its wide variety of modules in Film and Media to choose from, but also for the amount of practice students receive in these modules in addition to theory.
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
As a student of Media, Journalism and Film Practice at Newcastle University, you will join a vibrant community in the School of Arts and Cultures' Media, Culture, Heritage department.
You will be based in the Armstrong Building and Film@CultureLab, right at the heart of our city-centre campus. You'll be close to all of Newcastle University's amenities, as well as being just a five-minute walk to Newcastle's main street, Northumberland Street.
You'll have access to:
- professional-standard video and audio equipment, studio space and AV-editing facilities
- specialist computing facilities, including industry-standard software, such as Adobe Creative Suite
- a mobile studio suite
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
You will also benefit from the expert knowledge and skills of our dedicated team of technicians based in Culture Lab.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.
Recent graduates have gone on to positions in a variety of areas of the creative industries.
Graduates have taken roles with major media and creative agencies, independent documentary production companies and film industry support companies, as well as continuing with related postgraduate education.
Build your network
You will have opportunities to build your knowledge and networks in the film industry through learning led by industry guests.
These include established and emerging film directors and producers, cinematographers and editors, as well as impact producers from organisations such as:
- Northern Film and Media
- Doc Society
- Scottish Documentary Institute
- Tyneside Cinema
- Sheffield Doc/Fest
- Amber Collective
Employability at Newcastle
96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.
Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.
Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).
Where a film degree could take you
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
We will be holding a virtual event on:
• Saturday 19 September
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
Apply through an agent
International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.