BA (Hons) Film Studies, University of Essex

via UK Transfer Degree (Media and Communication)

Here's the BIG Picture

In an age of information overload, the ability to craft compelling narratives and communicate effectively is highly sought after. Whether you're telling stories through journalism, advertising campaigns, documentary filmmaking, or digital content creation, studying media and communication empowers you to make a meaningful impact through storytelling and persuasion. 

IACT’s UKT Media & Communication programme offers a comprehensive curriculum that blends essential theoretical knowledge with practical skills, preparing you for the challenges of the modern world. Taught by a global creative faculty, this programme allows you to spend 2 years at IACT and 1 year in the UK or Australia. And that’s not all, you can also choose from a wide range of specialisations, including film, multimedia, journalism, mass communication, public relations, creative writing, and digital culture.   

The BA (Hons) Film Studies, University of Essex combines studying the history and theory of cinema with practical film production, so you don't just critically examine cinema – you create it. You will have the opportunity to explore film across a broad range of genres, time periods, and regions, from Hollywood, world and independent cinema, to documentaries and television. Simultaneously, you gain hands-on experience in film production and production management, essential for careers in the film and television industry.

With this Course, You Will:

  • Gain hands-on experience of camera work, sound recording, editing, lighting, and scriptwriting
  • Explore the formal aesthetics of film composition and structure in relation to different contexts of production and reception
  • Discover the history and social significance of film as a global medium
  • Understand the links between critical analysis and creative practice
  • Produce both group films and personal projects

Why choose University of Essex?

The University of Essex puts student success at the heart of their mission, supporting you to achieve outstanding outcomes; preparing you to thrive in your future lives. It was ranked one of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022) and was named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018 for their determination to do things differently. It also ranked top 20 in the UK for film studies (Dance, Drama and Cinematics, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021). At Essex, you will be provided with a global approach to the study of film and creative writing in a distinctive and vibrant academic community. 

How Do I Get In?

  • IACT College Foundation in Media Studies –minimum CGPA 2.0;
  • IACT Diplomas – minimum CGPA 2.0 
  • A-Level – minimum of grade D in 2 subjects 
  • STPM – minimum of grade C in 2 subjects and an average CGPA of 2.0, OR 
  • UEC – minimum of grade B in 5 subjects 
  • SAM, AUSMAT or CPU - 5 subjects with a minimum score of 50%, OR 
  • Matriculation Foundation – minimum CGPA of 2.0
  • Other qualifications recognized by the Ministry of Education Malaysia

English Language Proficiency

  • SPM 1119 (GCE-O Level) – C6 
  • IGCSE English – Minimum Grade C 
  • IELTS – Band 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each component
  • Other approved English tests 

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COURSE MODULES

Year 1

- Computer Graphics 
- Media and Cultural Studies 
- Media Ethics 
- Media History 
- New Media Studies 
- Photography 
- Print Journalism 
- Public Relations Practices 
- Research Methods 
- Writing for the Media 

Year 2

- Advertising and Marketing Communications 
- Communication in the Globalised World 
- Creative Communication 
- Film Fundamentals 
- Online Marketing 
- Popular Culture 

Year 3

As per the subjects offered by the university in UK/Australia

Elective Modules*

Choose 1 Track

Track 1: Public Relations 
- Corporate Communication 
- PR Campaign and Strategies 

Track 2: Journalism 
- Convergent Journalism 
- Publication Production 

Track 3: Digital Video Production 
- Scriptwriting 
- Video Production 

Track 4: Advertising and Marketing 
- Advertising Campaign Management 
- Cross Cultural Studies for Marketing and Advertising 

Track 5: Digital Marketing
- SEM and SEO 
- Digital Content Marketing 

*Subject to availability 

MPU Modules

- Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban (Malaysian students) / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (international students) 
- Falsafah dan Isu Semasa 
- Bahasa Kebangsaan A / Academic Writing 
- Perlembagaan dan Masyarakat Malaysia 
- Serving our Society (S.O.S) 

Tuition Fees:

Year 1:
RM21,000

Year 2:
RM21,000

Year 3:
As per partner university

International Students:
RM52,000

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