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 media side, you will learn a range of concepts and techniques in Analysing Media, and then you can decide whether to learn more about the practical side of media production through Radio and Podcast Production and Television Production, or explore the potential of digital media as a vehicle for your creativity through Online Storytelling. 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.
During the 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 can also experiment with in your own writing. You will learn more about how to analyse, discuss and write about media in Researching Media, Film and Culture and Media, Culture, Society. You will choose whether to take another module on the production side, such as Digital Narratives, or Digital Effects, or continue your interest in Radio and Podcast Production. Or you can choose a module on the English side such as 20th Century Literature or Creative Writing Workshop. You will also go on a professional placement to gain valuable skills and experience to take forward to your future career.
In your final 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 also choose your other modules from a wide range available, on both the Film and Media sides, on topics such as The Child and the Book, Postmodern Fiction, Science Fiction or Creative Media. You can also complete a major production project, through Transmedia Production, or Radio and Podcast Production, to go alongside your Dissertation and show how you have fully developed both your research and your practical skills.