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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Communication and Media

Programme code:BA-COMM/MUCAS code:P900
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Jason Cabanes Contact address:j.v.a.cabanes@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

AAB at A-Level or equivalent.
An IELTS Band Score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any skill area

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Media and Communication

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Media and Communication

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Communications, media, film and cultural studies

Programme specification:

The media play an increasingly central role in modern life, and yet expertise in understanding the media, its role and operation has become confined to stake-holders in the industry. The BA Communications and Media offers students a critical, research-led and up to date approach to media and communications education. The programme unites theory with empirical research, practice with critical reflection and a solid skills grounding with opportunities to develop individual interests.

At level 1 of the revised programme students will be provided with a structured induction to the field of Communications Studies and to study at HE level. Level 1 modules will offer concise introductions to academic research skills, communications history, communications theory, film history, political communication and work in the media industry.

Level 2 expands upon this, offering specialist units in research methods, visual communication and communications policy. Students will also be offered a range of options, enabling them to embark upon specialist pathways.

Level 3 is focused on the development of specialist knowledge. Students are given the opportunity to specialise in one or two linked streams of expertise, including film studies, political communication, cultural industries and communications theory. Thus students bring together strands first encountered at level 1, and perhaps developed at level 2, in this final year of their undergraduate studies. An important centrepiece of the Communications degree is a 40-credit dissertation: a substantial piece of individually developed research or extended commentary produced under individual supervision from a relevant specialist within the Institute.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM1210The History of Communication20 creditsSemester 2
COMM1230Introduction to Media and Communication Research20 creditsSemester 1
COMM1950Power, Politics and the Media20 creditsSemester 1
COMM1960Studying Media20 creditsSemester 1
COMM1970Introduction to Media and Communication Theory20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 20 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM1625Camera and Editing20 creditsSemester 2
COMM1770Animation and Interactivity20 creditsSemester 2
COMM1830Introduction to Cinema20 creditsSemester 2

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 0-20 credits of Discovery modules


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM2125Visual Communication20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2780Media Policy20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2910Communication Research Methods
Pre-requisite for: COMM3910
20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 20 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM2375Issues in Journalism20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2560Communication Skills20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2715Digital Storytelling20 creditsSemester 1
MODL2230From Film Noir to Asia Extreme: Questioning Genre in World Cinemas20 creditsSemester 1
MODL2250Digital Communications Across Cultures20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Candidates will be required to study 20 - 40 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM2135Critical Theories of Media20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2145Technology in Communication and Media20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2150Music as Communication20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2300Journalism Ethics20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2655Screen Fiction20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2777Working in Digital Media Teams20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2850Cinematic Themes20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2960Videogames: Identities in Play20 creditsSemester 2

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Discovery modules:

Students may study 0 - 20 credits of Discovery Modules.

Students may study 20 credits of Discovery modules in either Semester 1, or Semester 2, but not both.


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

COMM3910Communication Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 - 40 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM3180International Communication20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3214Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
COMM3250Feminism, Identity and Media20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3260Understanding the Audience20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3395TV Documentary Journalism20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3715Internet Policy20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3780Mobile Media20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3930Media Philosophy: Technological Dasein20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3980Radio Technologies, Industries and Cultures20 creditsSemester 1

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Candidates will be required to study 20 - 40 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM3120Film Theory and Aesthetics20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3130The Documentary and Reality20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3214Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
COMM3420The Ethnography of Speaking20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3790Citizen Media20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3925War and Media20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3950Promotional Culture20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3960Creative Work in the Cultural Industries20 creditsSemester 2

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Discovery modules:

Students may choose 0 - 20 credits of Discovery modules. 20 credits of Level 2 Discovery modules can be taken. However, to comply with programme rules, all finalists must study 100 credits at Level 3.

Last updated: 10/05/2017

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