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Film and Television Studies BA (Hons) at Northumbria combines the study of theoretical and practical elements of these forms of media in one innovative course.

Supported by academic researchers and industry professionals you will analyse the historical and social context of cinema and television, covering a wide range of genres from comedy to horror. You will benefit from our partnerships with cultural institutions such as the Tyneside Cinema. You can also choose to put your knowledge into practice by developing your own short film.

Northumbria was ranked in the Complete University Guide 2017 Top 30 for Communication and Media Studies.

Recent graduates now work in organisations like the BBC, ITV, Endemol, the British Film Institute and the National Film Theatre.

90% of Film and Television Studies students say that staff make the subject interesting and are good at explaining things (Unistats, 2016)

Film and Television Studies BA (Hons) at Northumbria combines the study of theoretical and practical elements of these forms of media in one innovative course.

Supported by academic researchers and industry professionals you will analyse the historical and social context of cinema and television, covering a wide range of genres from comedy to horror. You will benefit from our partnerships with cultural institutions such as the Tyneside Cinema. You can also choose to put your knowledge into practice by developing your own short film.

Northumbria was ranked in the Complete University Guide 2017 Top 30 for Communication and Media Studies.

Recent graduates now work in organisations like the BBC, ITV, Endemol, the British Film Institute and the National Film Theatre.

90% of Film and Television Studies students say that staff make the subject interesting and are good at explaining things (Unistats, 2016)

Course Information

UCAS Code
P391

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Arts

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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We focus on developing graduates with the mix of skills needed in the workplace, so you’ll find your course is delivered via student-led seminars, workshops and screenings as well as lectures. You will also plan and produce a short documentary film, which develops your collaborative skills and gives you hands-on experience in areas such as camera operation, production management and editing.

There are plenty of opportunities to tailor the course to your interests including a placement, the chance to spend a year abroad and a number of specialist options. The final year project can be either theoretical or production-based to further develop your specialisms.

We value self-reflection, group work and communication skills so assessment methods include film-making projects, video essays, podcasts and presentations in addition to traditional essays and exams to improve your personal development skills.

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The academic team include media industry professionals with backgrounds including journalism and TV production as well as experts in film analysis, British cinema and horror. Guided and supported by the team you will explore the historical and social context of cinema and television whilst developing your practical production skills.

You will benefit from guest lectures and presentations from those working in areas such as film festivals, moving-image education and film programming. The combination of a skilled teaching team, excellent facilities and partnerships with organisations such as the Tyneside Cinema keeps the course current and relevant to industry.

100% of Film and Television Studies students say that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching and are good at explaining things.

 

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Technology runs through all aspects of learning and if you choose practice-based modules you will have access to facilities including broadcast-quality camera equipment, AVID edit suites and screening rooms.

The eLearning Portal provides access to programme and module information, such as class materials, handbooks, electronic discussion boards and supplementary materials (e.g. weblinks, news items) to support and extend the material that is delivered during lectures. We also subscribe to streaming archival services (Box of Broadcasts, Screenonline), which provide resources for further study.

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In a subject that deals with critical analysis of television and film, research skills are vital. We embed research into the course to share current thinking and inspire you to explore your interests in greater depth. This prepares you for your third year project and develops the curiosity and analytical skills that will help you progress in your career.

Learning from lecturers who are internationally recognised for their work in media and film, you will benefit from their relationships with cultural organisations including film festivals and cinema programming across the world.

Research undertaken in the department has been published internationally and some of our recent projects include work on cult cinema, horror cinema, British costume drama television, women in the British television industry.

 

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The course provides a range of career-focused skills and experiences from the outset. You will benefit from our links with external bodies, including the Tyneside Cinema. Industry professionals from film festivals, moving-image education and film programming also visit the University to give presentations and guest lectures.

To further support employability, in your third year you will have the chance to undertake a placement in the creative industry, and if you choose, you can also extend the degree to include a year-long work placement.

You are encouraged to make use of the University Careers Service, and careers advice is incorporated into the course though guidance tutorials.

 

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Whether your interests lie with the big screen or the small screen, you will graduate with a skillset to make your mark in industry. You will be experienced in research, meeting deadlines and working independently and collaboratively. You will be confident in a range of settings, with the ability to communicate effectively, pitch ideas and justify your opinions.

Graduates will be well-suited for a range of careers including: arts administration, cultural management, television research, scriptwriting and screenwriting, teaching, lecturing and research.

100% of students are in employment/further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE).

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Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one An introductory year where you gain a solid grounding in film history, analysis and critical studies, and an introduction to practical filmmaking skills

Year 2

Year two You carry out advanced study of key film and TV studies topics, such as Hollywood Cinema, Documentary, Genre and British television, as well as an advanced film-making module.

Year 3

Year three Through a mixture of core and optional modules, you have opportunity to create your own course of study, including a choice between a final written dissertation or a practical film-making task.

Who would this Course suit?

Are you interested in how films and television shows are made and understood?  Do you want to  explore why cinema and TV remain such an important and influential form of art and popular culture? This degree will appeal to those who want to find out more about the historical, theoretical and practical contexts of cinema and television.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

 

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media The Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design/Art Design and Media is also accepted in combination with other qualifications

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 units at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

MI4006 -

Film Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will provide an introduction to film analysis and will involve weekly 90-minute classes which combine lecture material and group discussion tasks. In the first semester, classes will introduce you to key terms used to identify and analyse films and will cover areas including cinematography, mise-en-scene, sound and narrative. Group work in class will lead to the first assessment, which will be a video essay that analyses a film. In the second semester, the module will be focused around film remakes, which will enable you to apply film analysis to remakes so you can contrast and compare, and further link these issues to the different contexts within which films are produced. It will lead to a group presentation.

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MI4007 -

Film History (Core, 20 Credits)

The module introduces you to key developments in the history of cinema, from its origin in the 1890s to the present day. It engages with a range of national cinemas and historical periods in order to provide you with an understanding of some of the ways in which films have been manufactured, received and discussed. It covers topics such as the following:

• Early Cinema
• Hollywood cinema: classical narrative cinema, the studio system, technology
• European cinema challenging the mainstream: Surrealism, German Expressionism, Italian Neo-Realism, Soviet Cinema
• Movements in Post-1945 cinema: European Art Cinema, the French New Wave, British New Wave, New German Cinema, Underground US cinema, the British Heritage Film, Dogme 95
• Post-Classical Cinema: New Hollywood Cinema, the Blockbuster, Digital Cinema, Popular East Asian cinema

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MI4008 -

Critical Concepts in Film Studies (Core, 20 Credits)

The module introduces you to the major critical approaches and theoretical ideas in film studies in order to provide you with an understanding of some of the key ways in which films have been analysed, and allows you to discuss the theories and issues covered. You are also encouraged to engage critically with each theory through directed further reading via filmic examples. These workshop sessions will also encourage you to develop interpretative and communicative skills through close reading of excerpts and in small-group discussion. It covers topics such as:

- Considering films as products of historical contexts.
- Authorship
- Genre
- Star Studies
- Gender and sexuality
- Race and ethnicity
- Realism and Film
- National Cinemas
- Postmodernism

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MI4009 -

Introduction to Television Studies (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to critical approaches and debates in the study of television. It will consider both the institutional and generic contexts of television, and questions of history and reception will be explored via case-studies of key genres. The following is an indicative syllabus:

• Television Histories
• Public Service Broadcasting
• Television Aesthetics and Narratives
• Television and Quality
• Television and Authorship
• Regulation and Censorship
• Television Audiences and Reception
• Television Production and Economics
• Television and Technology
• The television play and live drama
• Soap opera
• Comedy and sitcom
• Telefantasy
• Docudrama
• Police and crime shows
• News, current affairs and documentary
• Reality TV

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MI4010 -

Personal and Professional Practice in Film and Television Studies (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with a range of academic and professional practice skills, and an awareness of a range of professional contexts in which the knowledge of film and television studies may be applied.

Throughout the first semester, you will attend a series of sessions dealing with generic and subject-specific research skills, including how to do presentations, literature reviews, e-learning and writing in different contexts (i.e. essays, portfolios, reports, criticism). These skills will allow you to become independent learners, and will then be put into practice through a mini research project related to film and television studies. The semester one assessment is a five minute formative individual presentation, which feeds into a 1500 word summative critical review.

The second semester is themed around professional development. Through attendance at class, individual tutorials and directed and independent learning, you will explore a variety of professional contexts for your degree study. This will include visiting speakers and training sessions in relevant skills such as podcasting. This will culminate in the second research project which will be a formative ten minute group presentation and a summative ten minute podcast.

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MP4001 -

Media Practice (Core, 20 Credits)

Media Practice’ introduces you to core practical skills and issues in contemporary media production. As part of production teams, you will learn basic skills and guidance to write, research, plan, shoot, and edit a short (3-4 minute) documentary style film focussing on a person of your choice using industry-standard equipment. The film will tell an interesting and individual story about your subject, using narrative and character to engage the viewer. You will also complete a Production Health and Safety course and develop skills in pitching ideas to reflect industry requirements. Alongside your Group Production work, you will continue to develop an Individual Portfolio, based on your original Research, Proposal and Treatment documents.

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YA5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Arts (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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MI5008 -

Genre (Core, 20 Credits)

This module builds upon your understanding of the significance of genre within the production, reception and analysis of film and television. It explores what we understand by the term genre in film and television through an analysis of the codes and conventions of major screen genres. It considers how genres change over time according to evolving aesthetic, social, technological and industrial contexts. You will learn about key developments in genre scholarship, and how critical and theoretical approaches can be applied to specific examples. After a series of introductory sessions that define and then problematise major issues of genre, the module then explores the concept through a series of detailed case studies, which may include science fiction, thriller, comedy, horror, the western, the musical and film noir (the precise case studies will vary from year to year). An indicative syllabus is as follows:

1. What is Genre?
2. Traditions and Innovation in Genre
3. Genre, Style and Direction
4. National, International, Trasnational Genre
5. Performance, Sound and Music
6. Contemporary Genres
7. Case Study 1: Film Noir
8. Case Study 2: Quality television
9. Case Study 3: Horror
10. Case Study 4: Crime drama
11. Researching Genre

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MI5009 -

Applied Media Production Skills (Core, 20 Credits)

This module follows on from MP4001 Media Practice. It enables you to build on prior production experience, by choosing a specific practical skill in the field of film and television production, developing this skill through independent research and practice, and applying it in a group production project. This mirrors industry practice, where individual professionals tend to specialise in a specific skill area; for example, production teams are usually made up of freelancers, hired for their specific expertise in a technical, editorial or production role – cameraperson, director, assistant producer, editor and so on. On this module, you research current professional practice in your chosen skill, working in a group to develop your own individual practical proficiency. You develop a Learning Journal containing both written and, if appropriate, video evidence of your progress. This forms the basis of an enhanced reflective commentary that is submitted digitally. A final production will form the basis of the final assessment. An indicative syllabus of weekly sessions is as follows:

1. Introduction: discussion and selection of individual skill areas
2. The role of the Learning Journal: goals and steps
3-5 Classes on specific skill areas, such as: camerawork and lighting; research and development; editing; directing; writing and presenting
6 Presentation of student research findings on current industry skills practice
7-11 Development of practical production teams and group/individual practical production work

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MI5010 -

National Cinemas (Core, 20 Credits)

You will investigate the idea of national cinema both in historical and conceptual terms, examining the extent to which it is able to represent and negotiate national, regional and local issues, events and identities. The module will illustrate the key ways in which the idea of national cinema has been thought about by academics. As such it encourages you to develop a critical response to the ways in which cinema can and has been used to highlight ideas of national and local cultural and historical significance. Via a number of case studies, the focus in the module will be on how cinema can be used to explore issues of national, regional and local significance and to extent, in this way, it is an inherently a political medium.



The seminar sessions will begin with some lecture material introducing the key concepts. The main part of each seminar will focus upon group tasks and discussion of the theme, programme or set texts. Seminar discussions are also intended to develop your communication skills and your ability to develop and respond to ideas in a collaborative environment. You are expected to prepare for the sessions by attending the screening, by studying the set text(s) for each week, and also by carrying out additional recommended reading/viewing (which will be indicated in the module guide and on the e–Learning Portal).

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MI5011 -

Documentary in Film and Television (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is concerned with the development of the documentary tradition in cinema and television from the 1920s up until the present day, and the critical debates around documentary texts and practices. You will learn about the social and historical contexts for the evolution of the documentary through case-studies of key films, film-makers or tendencies. An indicative syllabus is as follows:

1. An introduction to documentary
2. Early documentary pioneers
3. British documentary of the 1930s
4. Avant-garde documentary
5. Documentary and propaganda during the Second World War
6. Direct Cinema and Cinema Verite
7. Political documentary
8. Documentary auteurs (such as Errol Morris, Nick Broomfield)
9. Docudrama
10. Reality television and Docusoaps
11. Contemporary strategies for cinematic documentary

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MI5012 -

Cultural Identities and British Television (Core, 20 Credits)

The module will focus on the televisual representation and articulation of cultural identities in Britain. We will look at how gender, ethnicity, national and regional identities are constructed through an examination of different genres and areas of television, such as drama, comedy and current affairs. We will explore issues such as class, gender and racial stereotypes, visibility of minority groups and integration. Throughout the course we will also consider the function of television, considering what its role might be in the construction of cultural identities. Case-studies may vary from year to year, but an indicative syllabus is as follows:

1. Introduction: What is cultural identity?
2. Television and Nationality
3. Comedy and ethnicity
4. Ethnicity and drama
5. Femininity
6. Masculinity
7. Sexuality
8. Politics and Class
9. Regional Identity
10. Case-Study of Television Drama
11. Summary and Revision

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MI5013 -

Hollywood Cinema (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will encourage students to explore key aesthetic, economic, ideological and historical issues in relation to Hollywood cinema. These include analysing the formation of the studio system in the late teens and how this led to Hollywood becoming a global, dominant force; how Hollywood representations can be linked to broader ideologies; how aesthetics and representations are influenced by censorship; and how Hollywood has changed historically in relation to social factors. The latter will lead to an understanding of periodisation (such as classical and post-classical Hollywood); of technical innovations and their impacts (such as the introduction of sound and colour); the changing nature of stardom; the increasing acceptance of Hollywood as an art form; and how Hollywood has absorbed international trends and personnel. An indicative syllabus is as follows:

1. Archival Research on Hollywood Cinema
2. The Studio System
3. Sound and Music
4. Censorship
5. The B Movie
6. Politics and Hollywood
7. Stardom
8. Indiewood
9. Gender and Hollywood
10. High Concept Filmmaking and the Blockbuster
11. Global Hollywood

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YA5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Arts (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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AD5001 -

Arts Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a 120 credit year-long module available on degree courses which include a work placement year, taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6 (the length of the placement(s) will be determined by your programme but it can be no less than 30 weeks. You will undertake a guided work placement at a host organisation. This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the work placement agreement signed by the placement provider, the student, and the University.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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AD5002 -

Arts Study Abroad Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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MI6005 -

Popular Music on Film and Television (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module is concerned with popular music culture and its relationship to film, an area much neglected in academic film studies, television studies and popular music studies. As such, it seeks to address this absence by looking at a number of key junctures where popular music culture, the cinema and television inter-relate, exploring debates about gender representation, authorship, genre and music in performance, as well as how the films studied relate to context of their production and reception. The module, therefore, covers topics such as the following in a largely chronological fashion. An indicative syllabus is as follows:
1. Early moments: The significance of the early Elvis Films: King Creole
2. Punk rock on film: The Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle
3. The revisionist musical: Von Trier, Lhurmann et al
4. Popular Music and national identity: The Commitments
5. Popular Music and ‘Race’ representation: 8 Mile
6. Gender play: Velvet Goldmine, In Bed with Madonna
7. The popular music / rock documentary
8. Dance and the male body: Saturday Night Fever
9. The concert film" from Wadleigh's Woodstock to Godard's One plus One.
10. Critical approaches to music video: Corbijn, Cunningham et al.
11. Nostalgia and the popular musical biopic: Control

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MI6007 -

Cult Film and Television (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn to understand how the term ‘cult’ has been applied to film and television programmes in different ways, and how the concept has developed across history. The module will enable you to critically examine the ways that cult has been theorised both in relation to films and television programmes, and some of the key differences between cult television and cult film. You will understand how cult can be applied to both films, the reception of films, as well as how it has increasingly infiltrated marketing discourses. Case studies on the module include midnight movies, authorship and cult, fandom, telefantasy, censorship and controversy, exploitation cinema and global cult cinema.

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MI6008 -

Contemporary British and Irish Cinema (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is concerned with developments in British film-making since 1990, and how these have been critically understood. There is an emphasis on how contemporary film-making has played a role in the creation, maintenance and circulation of ideas about national identity and belonging. The module considers some of the ways that national identity has been understood in critical and theoretical writing, before moving on to use specific case-studies to identify the relationship between films and their wider cultural, political, industrial and generic contexts. Given the nature of the module, the syllabus is liable to change in line with contemporary developments in film-making and scholarship, but an indicative schedule is as follows:

1. What is contemporary British cinema?
2. Ethnicity and Race
3. Gender
4. Heritage Cinema and history
5. Social realist cinema
6. Art Cinema
7. Romantic comedy
8. Horror
9. Crime and Gangster cinema
10. James Bond in the 21st Century
11. Celtic Cinema

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MI6009 -

The Modern American Horror Film (Optional, 20 Credits)

The modern period in American horror cinema is generally seen as beginning in 1968 with the release of Night of the Living Dead. This module explores the wide range of American horror films produced since that date. It identifies key themes, formats and cycles, and it engages with the relation of the horror genre to changes in the American film industry and to broader social and historical change. It also explores the aesthetic innovations and challenges offered by new forms of horror. In taking the module, you will acquire an understanding of the critical and cultural issues raised by this important area of American culture and you will develop your own insights into such iconic films as The Exorcist, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (both versions), Carrie, Halloween, Silence of the Lambs, Candyman and Hostel, among others.

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MI6010 -

Adaptations on Film and TV (Core, 20 Credits)

In ‘Adaptations on Film and TV’ you will examine the practical and theoretical debates around the translation of a variety of texts into films and television programmes. A broad-range of case studies is covered, from adaptations of ‘high art’ such as Shakespeare and literary fiction, to the conversion of popular fiction, comic-books and supposedly ‘unfilmable’ sources. As well as considering issues of authorship and originality, you will consider the complex relationship between film, television and other media forms, from music and video-gaming to theme-park rides. Films and programmes under discussion are likely to include examples such as Adaptation, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, Sherlock, Doom, The Walking Dead, Band of Brothers, Star Trek amongst others.

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MI6020 -

Film and Television Dissertation (Optional, 40 Credits)

This module involves the researching and writing of an 8,000-10,000 word film and/or television related dissertation on a subject of your own choosing. You should attend a series of mandatory lecture/workshop sessions in which the fundamental requirements of preparing and researching a dissertation will be examined and explained. These sessions will be spread across semester 1 and semester 2. In Semester 1, you will develop your initial dissertation proposal up to the point where you are ready to start writing the dissertation itself. You will develop your information-retrieval skills, familiarise yourself with your chosen subject, find solutions to any problems arising out of your research design, consider the significance of any ethical constraints, formulate your principal research question, and determine the methodology you will use. You are required to complete a 2000 word dissertation plan as part of your progress (however, the module grade will be entirely assessed against your final 8000-10000 word dissertation). In Semester 2 you will develop and amend the ideas in your dissertation plan, carry out further research, prepare and write the final dissertation. Supervision will continue to be provided through regular meetings with your supervisor.

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MP6005 -

Practical Media Project (Optional, 40 Credits)

‘Practical Media Project’ will develop and hone practical skills that you have been taught on earlier modules and found an interest in throughout your first two years study. Through practice and support from your allocated supervisor you will not only build upon the skills that you have learnt so far, but will also develop transferable skills that are industry facing as well as transferrable to other career paths. The project involves engaging in project design, considering ethical issues, researching, organising one’s time, planning, synthesising ideas, analysing current media trends, expressing your ideas and findings in a scholarly fashion, and producing a final practical outcome in a medium of your choice that adheres to both academic and industry standards.

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MP6009 -

Media and Morality (Optional, 20 Credits)

‘Media and Morality’ introduces you to a range of theoretical paradigms and arguments within moral philosophy. These ideas will be explored via contentious debates located in current affairs. Examples from news, media and popular culture will be drawn upon in order to a) illustrate the continuing relevance of moral concerns raised by classical thinkers such as Kant and Aristotle, and b) demonstrate the ubiquity of moral concerns in contemporary culture. The module aims to evince the ways in which moral theory can deepen our understanding of contentious issues that impact on our lives and rights as citizens. The module also aims to develop your ability to work with complex theoretical concepts and to present your views on such matters in the form of focused arguments (both during class discussion and the final written assessment).

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YA5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Arts (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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