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Media and Communications

Sussex ISC Media and Communications student

Why study media and communications at Sussex?

  • Media and film at Sussex is ranked in the top 15 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2015).
  • Sussex is 16th in the UK for communication and media studies (The Complete University Guide 2015).
  • Sussex is ranked in the top 100 in the world for communication and media studies (QS World University Rankings 2014).

Core modules

English and Skills for University Study 1 and 2
Over these two modules, you will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including writing and reading strategies, presentation and seminar participation, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback. When you have completed these modules, you will be able to take notes and write essays in English. You should also have the confidence to give presentations, answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions.

Academic and Employability Skills for Media and Communications
The aim of this module is to facilitate and develop your study skills to enable you to successfully complete a Foundation course at the University of Sussex International Study Centre and to progress to further undergraduate study. Emphasis will be placed on the transferability of skills and their application to ongoing study and employability. This module also aims to develop subject-related specific skills and abilities that will prepare you for further study in your chosen discipline and future employment.

Crime and Deviance
The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of sociology concepts and methodology, engaging you with sociological theory related to the study of crime and deviance in society.

Globalisation
The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of sociology theory and methodology relevant to globalisation.

Introduction to Film Studies
This module aims to introduce and explore some the key issues around media and film studies. Through lectures, seminars and workshops and tutorials, the module will draw on a range of textual examples from around the world to explore how films are constructed, categorised and shaped by the film industry and then received by the audience.

Introduction to Mass Media
This module aims to introduce and explore some the key approaches for critiquing, analysing, debating and discussing the media. Through lectures, seminars and workshops and tutorials, we will draw on a range of textual examples from around the world to explore the key questions and debates in media studies. 

Media and Marketing in Practice
This module aims to introduce and explore some the key issues around media and marketing and the commercial sector. Through lectures, seminars and workshops and tutorials, the module will draw on a range of textual examples from to explore how advertising is produced and encoded with meaning for a target audience. Finally, by applying what you have learnt you will develop their practical skills through the production of a contextual piece of media.

Research Methods
This module provides an understanding of the sociological concepts and methodology, engaging you with the research methods relevant to sociological investigation.

Leading to degrees in...

International Foundation Year in Media and Communications can lead to one of the following degrees, subject to meeting the grades outlined below:

Degree Programmes Award English Grade Semester 1 Semester 2
Film Studies BA (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Media and Communications BA (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Media and Cultural Studies BA (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Media Practice BA (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Sociology BA (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Sociology and Cultural Studies BA (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Sociology and International Development BA (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Sociology and Media Studies BA (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Sociology with a Language BA (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
These degrees and grades are subject to change.

Semester dates

September 2016 start

Semester 1: 
12/09/2016 - 16/12/2016

Semester 2:
16/01/2017 - 05/05/2017

January 2017 start

Semester 1:
16/01/2017 - 21/04/2017

Semester 2:
08/05/2017 - 11/08/2017


Entry dates:
September or January

Need to improve your English?

At the ISC we offer a range of courses to help you improve your English language skills. Our English Language Programme and English for Pre-Masters courses start in June and September.