Media Studies

Media graduates work in many sectors, such as advertising, marketing and publishing.

What Will I Study?

Core Modules

Academic English Skills
Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University.  These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Route-specific Modules

Media and interpretation

We live – through text, speech, images and sound – in a world that is conditioned and structured by mass communication and its technologies. This module introduces and explores theories and techniques that can be used to interpret and analyse mass communication in order to understand and – perhaps – challenge meanings and purposes that would otherwise not be examined. Critical readings of media tests and sources are encouraged in order to reconsider the structure and function of media, and the connection between audiences – us – to it.

Media Milestones: American and World Film History

The global film industry in 2018 was worth $136bn, and continues to grow in an era of instantly available digital content and streaming. This module examines and assesses its artistic development, first in Hollywood and then across the world, from Europe to ‘Bollywood’ and South Asian film cultures. Genre, theory, ideology and criticism are explored in order to develop understanding of how film creates and represents the forms of life that it conveys to audiences across the ages.

Principles of Film and Television 1 and 2
You will learn the key theoretical frameworks and critical vocabulary for the study of film and television. You should be able to develop a high level of visual literacy through an in-depth study of the language of films, and a critical understanding of the relationship between film producer, film star and audience.

Production Planning
You will learn about production techniques used in production planning, using camera studio methods. You will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in television production and produce a multi-camera production that demonstrates your knowledge and skills.

Script, Screenwriting and Realisation
You will learn about the basics of narrative theory and storytelling for screen-based media. You will use a theoretical framework to develop your own creative writing and visual style and have the opportunity to produce a short film script and its audio-visual fulfilment.

Successful completion of this course can lead to the
following degree:

Degree Award Grade to progress to year one † Grade to progress to year two ‡ English grade
Film and Television Studies BA (Hons) 40% (average) 50% 50%

Degrees and grades listed above are subject to change.

† 1st year

  • an average mark of at least 40% in academic subject modules studied and
  • a module mark of at least 50% in Academic English Skills with a component mark of at least 40% in each of the skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing

‡ 2nd year

  • an average mark of at least 50% in academic subject modules studied with a minimum mark of 40% in each of those modules studied and
  • a module mark of at least 50% in Academic English Skills with a component mark of at least 40% in each of the skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing and
  • a module mark of at least 50% in any other module that is identified as an exceptional requirement in the programme documentation
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