Media and Film Studies

Media and Film students

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 Film Studies
The aim of the first semester of the module is to develop your academic skills to enable you to produce researched, competent work of a level 5 standard. This encompasses communication skills (writing, speaking, listening, reading), reasoning and critical thinking skills and research methodologies. You will be encouraged to build up your own library of resources and to share research and ideas with group-mates through discussion both in the class room and through on-line platforms.

Analysing Media Texts
You will be introduced to the key concepts underpinning ideology and representations in the media, considering the role and influence of the media in either reflecting or questioning the dominant ideologies in society.

Cultural Studies
The aim of this module is to explore a variety of methods, including textual analysis, interviewing and observing in areas relating to cultural studies. Developing the ability to think, write and present creatively through insights and assimilations of the field.

Introduction to Film
This course will develop your understanding of the critical issues associated with the study of film. This module will firstly explore the study of key expressive techniques associated with the language of film, through analysis of narrative structure, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound. Then, it will move on to apply this knowledge through exploration of some of the key film movements of the 20th and 21st century.

Media Industries: Critical Debates
This module will introduce key funding models of television and help you to develop an understanding of the positive and negative aspects of each of these models. This course will then explore how television creates and defines our culture, such as through representations and stereotypes of class, race, and gender. 

Media Practice: Digital Video
This course will aim to equip you with a basic understanding and awareness of visual media and conveying meaning and emotion through the moving image. It will also introduce you to many of the technical skills required to progress through the degree. 

Media Practice: Photography & Sound
This course will aim to introduce you to the narrative forming potential of photography and sound, and develop appreciation of the intended meaning within both the still image and soundscape, and a regard for its cultural and social implications through the production of a creative photographic and sound project.

Leading to degrees in...

International Year One in Media and Film Studies can lead to the second year of 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% 40% 40%
Media and Communications BA (Hons) 60% 40% 40%
Media and Cultural Studies BA (Hons) 60% 40% 40%
Media Practice BA (Hons) 60% 40% 40%
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.