Media and Cultural Studies BA(Hons)
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Facts about Media and Cultural Studies
|Year of entry||2013|
|Application route||3 years full time: apply through UCAS (code P300)
6 years part time: apply direct to the University
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About this course
Why choose this course?
If you are interested in issues relating to the production and consumption of media and cultural objects such as art, film, television, music and literature, this course is ideal. It looks at the relationship between media, culture and society, and will enable you to develop practical media skills. You can study Media & Cultural Studies as a single or joint honours degree.
You can also choose to study this course as a joint honours degree alongside another subject. See the course combinations section for more information.
What will you study?
Year 1 gives you a thorough grounding in historical and contemporary developments in media and culture, and their social, political and economic impacts both in Britain and overseas. You will be introduced to particular media forms and genres, and to relevant conceptual frameworks for the analysis of media and culture. Finally, you will be given an introduction to production practice, and encouraged to relate such practice to the wider world of contemporary media production.
In Year 2, the core module, Cultural Theories of Mass and New Media, will build on the theoretical and conceptual understanding developed in the first year. You will also build on your production practice in the Multimedia Production module. You will choose further modules from a range of options from both within and without the media and cultural studies field, examining various aspects of media production, media consumption, or genre. The Media Industries & Professions module has an optional work-based learning element, which offers the opportunity to develop and reflect upon your employability skills. During the second year, you will also have the chance to study abroad, which provides a great opportunity to further enhance employability, gain new language skills and experience a different country and culture.
A key aspect of Year 3 is the Media Research Project, a final-year project showcasing all the knowledge and understanding you have developed in the three years of your degree. You will publicly present your findings at the end of the year. During this year you will also choose option modules that focus on aspects of media and culture that interest you.
You will also have the opportunity to study a foreign language for free during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
Year 1 (Level 4)
- Digital Media Foundations
- How Media Changed the World
- Media Now: Texts, Practices and Events
Year 2 (Level 5)
- Cultural Theories of Mass and New Media
- Multi-Media Production
- Consuming Cultures
- Identity and Difference
- Media Industries and Professions
- Just Like That!: Comedy and Light Entertainment in TV and Film
Year 3 (Level 6)
- Issues in Contemporary Media and Culture
- Media Research Project
- @ Work in the Media Industries
- Special Study: Creative Digital Environments
- Special Study: Creative Media
- Special Study: Cultures of Resistance
- Special Study: Media Rights and Mashups
- Special Study: Social Media and Convergence Theories
- Special Study: The Object of New Media
- Power and Resistance
- Small Screen, Big Dramas: Understanding Television Drama
- Starry Eyed & Laughing : Music, Film and Politics