International Study Centre

International Year One in
Media and Film Studies

International Year One in
Media and Film Studies

Studying Media and Film Studies

The International Year One in Media and Film Studies is your route to a range of Media and Film Studies degrees at the University of Sussex.

English language and career skills are combined with subject-specific modules such as cultural studies, media industries, media practice and media texts, to provide you with a strong foundation for your chosen Media and Film Studies degree.

Please note: All International Year 1 Courses are Subject to Revalidation in March 2020

What you’ll study

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

This course will introduce you to digital video and sound production, and how to convey meaning and emotion through the documentary form. You will be introduced to many of the technical skills required to produce video and podcast media, and have the opportunity to develop a project in either field.

This course will introduce you to both creative photography and communication design, and help you develop critical and technical skills in media production. You will learn key processes and techniques involved in photography and design through the development of your own creative project.

Your degree at Sussex

This course can lead to the second year of an undergraduate degree listed below (subject to meeting the grades outlined). The degrees and grades listed are valid for 2019/20 intakes only and are subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Film Studies BA (Hons) 40% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
Media and Communications BA (Hons) 40% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
Media and Cultural Studies BA (Hons) 40% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
Media Production BA (Hons) 40% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)

Entry requirements

Discover the entry requirements for studying the International Year One in Media and Film Studies.

English Course

Need to improve your English? You can study a range of English language courses at the International Study Centre.


Learn more about the tuition fees for your course, as well as any additional costs for studying at Sussex.