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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Film, Photography and Media (Part-Time)

Programme code:MA-COMM/FPMPUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Dr James Brogden Contact address:j.w.brogden@leeds.ac.uk

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)

Applicants with an IELTS score of 6.0 may be eligible for entry provided they successfully complete the University’s InterComm Pre-sessional English Language course.
Information about the course can be found on the Language Centre pages of the University website.

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 film, photography and media 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.




Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM5805MCultures of Contemporary Photography30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5825MFilm Theory and Practice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

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

COMM5135MCritical Issues in Media and Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5140MMedia and Communication Theory30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5170MTelevision Narrative30 creditsNot running in 202122
COMM5200MCommunication and International Affairs30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5235MPromotional Media, Culture and Society30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5310MMedia, Culture and Globalisation30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5380MThe Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives30 creditsNot running in 202122
COMM5645MJournalism Theory and Research30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5655MJournalism Practice and Policy30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5695MCommunication and Development30 creditsNot running in 202122
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5710MThe Media Industries30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5720MMedia Production Analysis30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5801MUrban Narratives30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5866MGlobal migration, ‘race’ and media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST5037MTransnational East Asian Cinemas30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST5055MStylistic Aesthetics of Chinese Language in Media and Communication15 credits 
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5204MTheoretical Perspectives: Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PECI5209MCritical Debates in Culture and Place30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5214MCreativity and Innovation Management30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5218MCultural Policy and the Politics of Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5406MNarrative Perspectives in Practice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5407MDigital and Intermedial Storytelling30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5409MScript Development for Film and Television30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5738MTechnology, Media and Politics: Research and Real World Cases30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5312MTheorising Gender 130 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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)


Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

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

Candidates should choose 60 credits from the following optional modules

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

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

COMM5135MCritical Issues in Media and Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5140MMedia and Communication Theory30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5170MTelevision Narrative30 creditsNot running in 202122
COMM5200MCommunication and International Affairs30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5235MPromotional Media, Culture and Society30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5310MMedia, Culture and Globalisation30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5380MThe Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives30 creditsNot running in 202122
COMM5645MJournalism Theory and Research30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5655MJournalism Practice and Policy30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5690MMultimedia Journalism30 creditsNot running in 202122
COMM5695MCommunication and Development30 creditsNot running in 202122
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5710MThe Media Industries30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5720MMedia Production Analysis30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5801MUrban Narratives30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5866MGlobal migration, ‘race’ and media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST5055MStylistic Aesthetics of Chinese Language in Media and Communication15 credits 
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5209MCritical Debates in Culture and Place30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5214MCreativity and Innovation Management30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5218MCultural Policy and the Politics of Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5406MNarrative Perspectives in Practice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5407MDigital and Intermedial Storytelling30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5409MScript Development for Film and Television30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5738MTechnology, Media and Politics: Research and Real World Cases30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5312MTheorising Gender 130 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5355MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Elective modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of Discovery modules in either year 1 or year 2 but not both.

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