In Year 1 you’ll gain confidence in researching texts and their contexts, and discovering the fantastic range of online and library-based resources available to help you do this, through our Research and Essay-Writing module. Through Mapping Genres you will explore some great texts from the past and learn to compare them to popular modern texts in the same genres. On the film side, you will learn a range of concepts and techniques in Analysing Film, and then you can decide whether to explore more about the film industry through International Film Industries, learn more about the practical side of film-making through Camera, Photography and Lighting, or develop your creative writing skills through Introduction to Scriptwriting. At the end of the year you will complete a practical project and go on a professional placement to help you develop your future employability and relate your studies to the world of work.
In your second year, analysis and creativity are combined in Roots of Stories, which looks at myths and archetypes which are constantly being reworked in texts and films, and which you will also experiment with in your own writing. You will learn more about how to analyse, discuss and write about film in Researching Media, Film and Culture and Theorising Film. You will choose whether to take another module on practical film-making, such as Script to Screen or Documentary: Theory and Practice; or a module on the English side such as 20th Century Literature or Creative Writing Workshop; or study more aspects of film in Understanding Disney or UK Film Industry. At the end of the year you will go on a professional placement to gain valuable skills and experience to take forward to your future career.
During your third year all the research and analytical skills you have developed will go into producing a major piece of work: either a Dissertation on a literary topic or a piece of Media Film and Culture Research. Whichever you choose, you will have the freedom to work independently, with help and advice from our expert staff. During this year you will also choose your other modules from a wide range available, on both the Film and English sides, on topics such as The Continuing Middle Ages, Postmodern Fiction, Science Fiction or European Cinema. You can take a module on Film and TV Adaptation, studying ways in which literature and film have been brought together, or complete a practical project in Creative Media or Advanced Short Film Production.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: