What you'll study
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
First year modules
The Craft of Filmmaking
Get insight into the practical and collaborative elements of filmmaking, on a module which introduces you to direction, cinematography, production management, editing and audio.
Sharpen your film analysis skills. You'll closely examine a range of different types of cinema and complete a series of written exercises that will help you become a better film critic.
Film Style and Technology
Explore the historical evolution of film style and technology through examples such as the introduction of sound cinema, colour film, widescreen, and digital filmmaking.
Expand your understanding of how the media industries operate, with case studies ranging from small, independent production companies to Hollywood giants.
Screen, Nation, Identity
Explore the relationship between a nation's sense of history and identity, and the stories that it tells about itself on screen.
History of Hollywood Cinema
In this module, you will explore the history of Hollywood cinema. It will be examined within the context of US social, cultural, and political history.
Second year modules
Critically examine the representation of gender on screen through the lens of feminist film theory.
Representing Reality, Disclosing Truth, and Capturing the Everyday
One of the key roles of our media is to represent the world, its happenings, and its diversity to us as accessibly and truthfully as possible. Why do media texts and media companies so often fail in their duty to represent reality? Through conceptual reflection and case study exploration, this module seeks to explore these questions.
Moving Image Techniques
Explore the creative possibilities of moving image media. Leave storytelling behind, and develop a concept for a short moving image piece, which will then become your own independent production.
American Alternative Cinema
Explore and apply theoretical approaches to aesthetic forms and themes, modes of production, and audience and media reception of categories such as ‘underground cinema’ and ‘indiewood’. Develop your critical and theoretical faculties so that you can actively engage and participate in debates that encompass both mainstream and alternative American filmmaking practices.
Narration in the Fiction Film
Examine the storytelling possibilities of cinema, in a module that encompasses classical Hollywood cinema, art cinema, counter-cinema, and parametric narration.
American Animation History
In this module, you'll develop a deeper understanding of the history of American animation by taking an in-depth look at the genre.
Television and Factual Production
Learn the skills of factual screen production. Working in small groups, you will create short items of broadcast quality to form part of a magazine-style programme.
Work-Based Learning (Digital Media)
Develop your CV by undertaking a work placement as part of your course.
The musical is a distinctively American genre. Examine how Hollywood and Broadway have created spaces to represent and re-imagine the USA's sexual, racial and political identities.
Final year modules
You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.
East Asian Cinema
Examine the dynamic and diverse film output of countries including China, South Korea and Japan, and reflect on film as a 'transnational' phenomenon.
An in-depth exploration of the history and impact of Disney's global entertainment empire.
Is Television History?
Reflect on the ways in which television can both do history and be history, with case studies ranging from period dramas to historical documentaries.
Screen Production Project 1: Planning and Pre-Production
Turn your film idea into a workable and professional project before you step into production. Learn about what it takes to create a film before pitching your idea, ready for the next steps.
Screen Production Project 2: Filming and Post-Production
Create your film. Take the reins and follow the project through from pre-production to shooting, editing, screening and review.
Global Nightmares: Contemporary Horror Cinema From Around the World
Approach the horror film from the larger context of world cinema in order to assess if America’s ‘collective nightmare’ is indeed part of a larger trend that feeds into the concept of ‘global nightmares’. In particular, the module will focus on how world horror cinema represents issues of the family, gender, and the ‘Other’ alongside more contemporary concerns such as pandemic disease, environmental collapse, immigration, and terrorism.
American History by Hollywood
Film-makers have long used the history of the USA as a source of stories and characters. This module compared Hollywood's version with what historical sources say 'really' happened.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.