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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Film, Photography and Media

Programme code:MA-COMM/FPMUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr James Brogden Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good first degree. Practical experience in either film making or photography at undergraduate or professional equivalent to be assessed by personal statement, interview/portfolio.

An IELTS Band Score of 6.5, with 7.0 preferred and with not less than 6.0 in any skill area or
Internet Based TOEFL 94 overall (with not less than 21 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking and 24 in Writing)

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

Programme specification:

This new programme has been specially designed to reflect key contemporary debates in practice and critical thinking around film, photography and media. In this sense it takes a distinctive approach to both the historic and contemporary relationship between these two dominant forms of visual communication and allows students to develop their own practice within a changing and challenging set of intellectual, creative and industrial contexts.

The new convergent digital technology of the DSLR camera seems to be forcing a dénouement in terms of the way in which we create and think about the future of cinema and photography and how we need to think about their evolving relationship. As we move into the seemingly uncharted territory of a so-called 'post-photographic' and 'post-cinematic' age how can we define what is happening and attempt to frame it within cultural and critical discourses? Conversely how can we use critical ideas to frame new convergent models of practice and understand what this means for the creative industries? This degree will allow for these debates to be explored through distinct and clearly defined frameworks of media, communications and technological histories, film and photographic theory and criticism, inter-medal practice and engagement with creative industrial processes. Importantly, the programme emphasises the creative / dialectical relationships / opportunities between the lens-based image (both still and moving) within a broader visual culture in which practice, critical theory and historical discourses exist.

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM5805MCultures of Contemporary Photography30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5815MCinematics and Photography30 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM5600MDissertation and Research Methods60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
COMM5800MFinal Independent Project60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM5170MTelevision Narrative30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5380MThe Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5801MUrban Narratives30 creditsSemester 1
EAST5037MTransnational East Asian Cinemas30 creditsSemester 1
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1
PECI5209MCritical Debates in Culture and Place30 creditsSemester 1
PECI5402MStory Workshop30 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5370MInternational Film Industries30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5550MPopular Music and Society30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5695MCommunication and Development30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 1
EAST5055MStylistic Aesthetics of Chinese Language in Media and Communication15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2
PECI5208MCultural Policy30 creditsSemester 2
PECI5404MWriting for Film and Television30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5380MVideogames and Society30 creditsSemester 2

Elective modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of postgraduate level electives, or Discovery modules aimed at final year undergraduates. (Such modules have a 3 or a 5 as the first digit in the module code)

Last updated: 25/09/2019


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