BA (Hons)

French and Film & TV

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  • UCAS code(s): RP13
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Combine your French language skills with exploring how film and TV function in the age of global corporations and digital media.

This degree enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining these two subjects gives your degree an international and industry perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.

Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you. You have the opportunity to spend your third year studying at a partner university in France or working in a French-speaking country. It’s also possible to opt for a short work placement module in the second half of your second year.

By choosing French and Film & TV you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose from a wide range of modules, depending on your own preferences and interests. You have the option to explore European cinema and television which can enhance your knowledge and understanding of French language and culture.

  • Study French at Post A-Level.
  • 94% student satisfaction rate for French at NTU (NSS 2018).
  • NTU’s French courses are ranked in the UK’s Top 10 for student satisfaction (NSS 2018).
  • Take part in a language-themed work placement.
  • Gain practical skills in translation and interpreting.
  • Take a year abroad in France.
  • 92% of Film and TV joint honours graduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree. (DLHE 2016 /17).
  • Study this course full-time with a year abroad (sandwich) or part-time. See How to Apply section.

What you'll study

French

French can be studied from A-level. By the end of your degree you’ll have a high level of fluency and accuracy in spoken and written French. Throughout the degree we’ll explore French culture and you’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary French society.

To provide opportunities to develop language skills outside the classroom, you’ll have access to our excellent language resource centres which provide: internet access, audio-visual facilities, an extensive library of the latest French-language films, computer-aided language learning software and course-related books, materials and periodicals.

Film & TV

You'll learn about the film and television industries, as well as other factors that shape the movies and shows you see on screen. The course will build your understanding of how films and TV programmes work, how we make sense of them and how they convey meaning. You'll also learn about their audiences, and explore how they function in the age of global corporations and digital media.

As a Film & TV student at NTU, you'll experience our unique slant on this fascinating area. Our diverse choice of modules not only explores fundamental approaches and innovative thinking within film and television study, but also allows you to pursue your own specialist interests.

We stand out for the range of cultures our course covers, and for the opportunity we bring you to study European cinema in depth, with modules available during each year of your degree. As well as their specialist knowledge, our staff bring a real enthusiasm and commitment to their teaching.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    French Language One

    The module focuses on developing both your understanding of key issues in contemporary French culture and society, and your key communicative skills in French: listening, speaking, reading, writing.

    Introduction to French Politics, Society and Culture

    Learn about the key issues and events that have shaped French culture and society since the middle of the 20th Century. Your findings on the themes and ideas which have shaped French society will be complemented by a discussion of what they represent in contemporary and contemporaneous visual and written texts.

    Reading the Screen

    This module will provide a foundation for further study of film and television. You'll start by working on close analysis (mise en scène, editing, camera, sound, narrative) and then you'll look into more broader ideas such as stardom, genre, authorship and spectacle and consider how they are applied to film and television.

    International Cinemas

    This module will introduce you to an array of non-Hollywood cinemas, so that you have a broader awareness of the breadth of international cinema looking at the contexts and styles which they choose. You'll look at African, Asian and European Cinemas as well as exploring other world cinemas.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    French Language Two

    The core language module, developing skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll develop fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language as well as learning skills, grammar, and other transferable skills such as spoken debates and presentations.

    Theorising the Screen

    Study classic works of film theory and television studies and works that have engaged with more marginal and alternative screens, for example, underground cinema and Japanese television. You'll investigate classical Hollywood cinema and the experience of everyday television.

    French optional modules

    Film, Novel and Social Transformation in France (1950-1980)

    Analyse films and novels, concentrating on a series of representations of the traumatic transformation of France during the postwar decades of economic growth. You will explore central themes such as Americanisation, the transformation of everyday life and France's changing place in the world.

    Le Cas 68

    Examine the events of May / June 1968 in France as one of the most important historical events since the Second World War. The module will focus on in-depth analysis of the roles played by the numerous protagonists, examination of primary sources, assessment of the portrayal of the “events” in the media and literature, and an evaluation of the legacy of 1968.

    Languages at Work

    You'll be offered the opportunity to take part in a language themed work placement where you'll work with a local employer for a minimum of 30 hours and produce a piece of writing which reflects on the experience.

    Film & TV optional modules

    British Cinema

    Examine the British cinema industry since 1960 and look at a wide range of films to study the representation of issues such as nation, class, race and gender. You'll develop an understanding about how films are shaped by social, industrial and institutional contexts.

    British Television

    Understand the evolution of British television industries and institutions from their beginnings up to the present by studying key genres and programmes both classical and contemporary. The module explores the different versions of 'Britishness' both in television and between television producers and audiences.

    European Cinema and the City

    You'll contemplate the interaction of cinema and the urban, considering how film has both represented and been shaped by the city. You'll combine classical cinema with the contemporary whilst examining any issues that they may present.

  • Year Three

    In Year Three, you can spend time working or studying in France. Our partner universities are found in Aix-en-Provence, Clermont-Ferrand, Lille, Strasbourg, Nice, Besançon, Montpellier, and Versailles.

  • Final Year

    Core modules

    French Thematic Capstone Project

    This is a specialist project which allows you to combine practical learning with subject-specific theories. This module offers you the opportunity to develop and in-depth project where you can demonstrate skills such as planning, organisation and research skills.

    OR

    Real-Life Work project

    Students  who are unable to take the year abroad as part of their degree produce a Real-Life Work Project during their final year. Working closely with an employer you'll identify, discuss, develop and deliver a project that is both beneficial for the employer and will enhance your employability options. You'll also provide a synoptic assessment where you'll highlight how your degree in the Modern Languages programme has developed you as a person, academically and as a graduate.

    OR

    Film & TV Dissertation

    The final year dissertation module enables you to undertake a sustained, single piece of independently researched work on a topic of your choice, under expert supervision.

    French Language Three

    The core language module, will help you to develop skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll also focus on developing your accuracy and fluency within the written and spoken language of French. You'll develop high-level critical and analytical skills where you can apply linguistic and socio-cultural awareness and analysis to contemporary documents.

    French optional modules

    Contemporary France: Texts in Transition

    Develop your awareness of French culture and society, by studying a range of films and written texts which reflect cultural debates critical to contemporary France. This module will give you an enhanced, critical and diverse understanding of writing styles and different forms of visual texts.

    La France et l’Europe

    Explore the relationship between France and Europe with a particular emphasis on the European Union. You'll also explore the different changes that have occurred in French perspectives on Europe over the last six decades.

    Translation and Interpreting

    Develop your ability to interpret into and out of French and learn what it is like to be a professional interpreter in a major international organisation. You'll gain skills to help you endeavour tasks such as translation and interpreting as well as be prepared with a selection of theoretical and practical issues.

    The Limits of Representation: Text and Image in French Culture and Society

    Explore the different ways that text and image are combined in the form of signs, advertising, maps and calendars. You'll look at how the relationship between these two forms are in constant negotiation with each other.

    Film & TV optional modules

    American Television since 1950

    You'll explore American television form the 1950s to the current moment.You'll study the Classic Network Era through to the Post-Network era of digital television. It considers the role that television plays to define various meanings and versions of American identity. Programmes that you might look at may include anything from Sesame Street to The Sopranos.

    American Cinema since 1949

    Explore American cinema from 1949 to the present day by looking at interrelated areas of production, including Hollywood, the independent sector, and experimental underground cinema. This module will focus on the nature of the mainstream industry as it has to adjust to the shifting forms of ownership, industrial organisation, and the challenge to compete with television.

    International Cinemas 2

    This module will build upon first year modules by introducing issues and concepts such as slow cinema, new wave cinema and world cinema blockbusters. You'll investigate how film styles and form relate to socio-cultural and political contexts.

    European Cinema, Globalisation and Resistance

    This module will consider global Hollywood's domination in regards to industrial organisation, film marketing, exhibition and distribution. It will then highlight the various 'survival' strategies which have been developed by European film.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Each year you’ll choose a range of core and optional modules from the lists above. The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects but at the end of Year One, you’ll have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway, depending on your interests.

Teaching principally takes place through a combination of lectures, where tutors introduce the key ideas, and seminars, where smaller groups discuss those ideas.

Contact hours

If you’re struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.

It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.

International Exchange

You have the opportunity to spend your third year studying at a partner university in France or working in a French-speaking country. Students on work placement, often as a language assistant in a French school, are also paid while abroad. Find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (42%), written (40%) and practical (18%)
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written (12%) and practical (5%)
  • Final Year coursework (53%), written (42%) and practical (5%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (29%), independent study (71%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (29%), independent study (71%)

Careers and employability

Your career development

Joint honours courses develop a wide range of skills. These include written and oral communication skills, critical analysis and a variety of IT skills. But you’ll also become more self-motivated, be able to work independently and in teams, and develop excellent time management skills.

Entry requirements

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent, including A-level French grade C); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM.
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit our Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) page. If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

For the Sandwich route (Full-time with year abroad) just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.

If you're applying for the part-time route please apply online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch


If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
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Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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