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 the Real, Disclosing the Truth, and Capturing the Everyday
Explore how film and TV represents reality and why - in an era of alternative facts and fake news - representing reality matters. You'll consider documentaries, news and more.
Moving Image Techniques
Learn to manipulate image and sound - and create your own experimental film or music video.
American Alternative Cinema
Go beyond the Hollywood mainstream with case studies including independent, cult, exploitation, trash and underground cinema.
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
Produce factual content suitable for broadcast as part of a small production crew. It's an opportunity to develop your production skills and learn more about TV and factual production.
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
Analyse contemporary horror films in the national context of their respective country. You'll study movies including It, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, [REC], and À l'intérieur/Inside.
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.