Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
In the first year, the theory element introduces you to the study of verbal and visual languages, and encourages you to assess changes in the media. You'll be acquainted with debates surrounding the term 'culture', and will look at how experiences of gender, age and race affect our understanding of the concept. You'll also examine various media texts, and take a module that will address theories of society and approaches to the modern state as they relate to media.
You take the following compulsory 15 credit core modules:
- Media History and Politics
- Culture and Cultural Studies
- Key Debates in Media Studies
- Film and the Audiovisual
- Media Arts
In practice, you take an induction module that introduces you to some of the practice options offered by the Department – currently television (with the possibility of film fiction specialisation in years two and three), radio, journalism, animation, illustration, photography, and creative writing (script and short story). There is also a specialisation in interactive media in years two and three. You then choose two practice options.
You take the following compulsory core modules:
- Induction to Media Practice (15 credits) [you choose five from seven media practice areas]
- Media Production Option 1 (30 credits) [options one and two are chosen from seven media practice areas] Find out more about the practice options.
In the second year you take theory modules covering a range of approaches to the study of communications and the media. You'll look at theories of postmodernity, identity and globalisation; be introduced to differing psychological perspectives on the analysis of culture and communications; consider cultural theory; and investigate concepts of audience.
You take the following compulsory 15 credit modules:
- Intellectual Foundations of Social Theory
- Communications Psychology and Experience
- Culture Society and the Individual
- Media Economy and Society
Practice modules introduce you to media production in a different area to the one you studied in year one; you'll apply production skills in the creation of small-scale projects, and develop critical skills through the analysis of examples and of work produced in each area. You then choose a practice area in which to specialise.
- Media Production Option 2
- Media Production Specialisation (30 credits)
You can choose any combination of options or dissertation to the value of 60 credits. Options offered recently are:
- Political Economy of the Mass Media
- Structure of Contemporary Political Communications
- Media Audiences and Media Geographies
- Media Ethnicity and Nation
- Music as Communication and Creative Practice
- Contemporary Cultural Practice
- Explorations in World Cinema
- Screen Cultures
- Embodiment and Experience
- Cinema and Society
- After New Media
You undertake the research, planning and production of a major project or a portfolio of work in the practice area in which you specialised in Year 2 (60 credits). Find out more about the practice options.
Coursework, extended essays, reports, practical work, and seen and unseen written examinations.