Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 4-6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

You'll develop a high level of media literacy and an understanding of forms of media power and manipulation.

During stage one you will be introduced to a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of the media, including theories of language and meaning, audiences, media industries and the historical contextualisation of media forms and institutions and the importance of new forms of digital media.

At stage two you will study modules covering cultural studies approaches to the media and have the option to take modules examining news media, cult media and subcultures and television, gain skills in audience research or gain work experience through work based learning.

In stage three you will have the option to take an Independent Study where you will have the chance to study a research topic of your choice. There will be the opportunity to take work experience based study or take modules exploring communication, media and politics, documentary, media and surveillance or videogames.

Study in America

You can choose to study part of your degree at one of our partner universities in America:

Who you'll meet

What you will study

Module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

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Code: 4MR506

Screen Narration

This module introduces students to a variety of models used in the analysis of film and television narratives. These models are drawn from formalist, structuralist, post-structuralist and post-modern narrative theory. As part of the understanding of narrative construction, students will have the opportunity to edit a short piece of film to display creation of story through narration.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4MR507

The Digital World

This module explores the significance of digital technologies on the contemporary media and communications industries and culture. You will explore digital media from the perspective of the media industries and changes and challenges wrought by digital technologies and internet communications and look at the way that new forms, genres, distribution methods and patterns of audience use emerge from these changes.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4MR508

Communication and Creativity

This module will introduce you to critical ways of reading and understanding how creativity and meaning emerges across communication forms in the context of different creative and communications industries.

The module focuses on popular mass media, exploring a range of media and media industries across factual and entertainment media you will obtain a critical and analytical toolbox for understanding media in context, giving you the skills to explore and evaluate media texts and develop knowledge that will enhance your creative practice and ability to communicate.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4MR509

Multimedia Podcasting

This module aims to advance you to the fundamental skills essential to create an online multimedia publication based on the subject matter of your choice to expected online industry standards.
20 Credits
optional
Practical

Code: 4MR510

Write This Way

The module will allow you to explore the craft of writing in the media and communications industry with a focus on entertainment. You will examine the structures and constraints imposed by various media, taking into account audience/readership, style and format, and legal and ethical issues. The module will be practical based, allowing the opportunity to hone writing abilities to a high standard, and giving you an excellent grounding for further study in specialist areas, such as journalism, scriptwriting, corporate communications and new media, including cross platform/multimedia.

This is a practical-based workshop module, which will give you a basic introduction to the art and craft of writing scenes or sequences suitable for media production. You will be introduced to key concepts, methods and techniques that are used to construct written work for media in its various forms. There will be a strong emphasis on dramatic writing which feeds into later media modules in Level 5 and 6.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MR512

Entertainment and Identity

From rock n roll to Star Wars fans, questions of audience identity and audiences attachment to media texts have preoccupied the producers of entertainment. As lifestyle advertising and synergistic media practices have become ever more important to reaching and cementing audiences as consumer groups so questions of taste class and identity have become central to contemporary cultural studies.

You will explore the way that media identities are primarily forms of audience segmentation this module will encourage you to explore the dynamics of taste and culture in the context of the cultural industries. The module will examine the emergence of lifestyle media and the significance of personal identity in the consumption of popular media. You will explore forms of lifestyle media such as magazines and their relationship with other cultural industries, in particular global entertainment industries such as film and television. Case studies will explore fan cultures and the consumption of mainstream and cult fan media and the tensions between the subcultural identities and media consumption.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MR513

From Pitch to Product

This module is designed to help you develop skills in planning and managing creative media and communications projects. Working to industry style briefs set by external organisations you will have the opportunity to work on creative projects such as cross platform content and/or public relations or advertising content and strategy.

This module will develop your skills and understanding of multi-platform communication and as a content producer in the media and communications industries. It focuses on creative thinking in the design, production and management of a communications project enhancing your communication skills, critical thinking, creativity, planning and organisational skills.

The module will give you the essential experience of working for a creative department or agency in conceptualising and creating media content based on client briefs.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MR514

Researching the Audience

How do we know what audiences do with the media they consume? What do they like and why do they like it? These questions are important both to the academic study of audiences and media consumption and to the media industries that rely on reaching and keeping those audiences.

This module will develop your skills and understanding of critical concepts surrounding audiences and practical methods of audience research. You will gain understanding of the value of qualitative and quantitative methods of research and the value of this research to critical thinking, creative decisions in media production and to media industries.

You will explore the way that audiences have been understood from various critical perspectives, including both academic and popular notions of media ‘effects’. This critical understanding will be combined with practical methods as you explore the methods of audience research used in Media and Cultural studies such as Uses and Gratifications research and ethnographic research and its various applications such as netnography, autoethnography, participant observer research and qualitative methods.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MR515

Work Experience Project

This module is designed to enable you to gain, and reflect upon, experience that contributes to your employability and understanding of working in the media, cultural and creative industries and related careers.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AM501

New Hollywood and Beyond

This module will investigate issues in contemporary American cinema, where “contemporary” is interpreted as films made after the Vietnam War and the emergence of the “New Hollywood.” Centrally, the module will be concerned with how its status as a commodity impacts upon film form and content. We will examine trends in American cinema that have realigned the relationships between films and their audiences and how these changing relations have affected both production and consumption.

Although aware of and examining the presence of Hollywood’s global corporate power and its control over film making and distribution, the module will also pay attention to the diversity of film-making, and the need to appeal to multiple audiences in terms of race, class, gender and other factors. Thus concepts central to Film Studies such as auteur theory, genre, stardom, the roles of independent cinema, and institutions will all be explored as they persist and change within contemporary film cultures.

Films will be examined as ideological texts that function as part of the wider social (and global) order that produces and consumes them, and that relate to and clearly dialogue with the political, economic, social and cultural forces from which they emerge.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MR503

Global Communication and Politics

As broadcast and digital media proliferate and it becomes even easier to access news, and both receive and disseminate information, political and cultural communication has become increasingly complex in its dynamics. From climate change to elections, from WikiLeaks to ‘bankers’ bonuses’, branding and public relations strategies and information wars dominate politics while social media has become a battleground for ideological struggle between social and ideological groups, political parties and sources of information. This module examines the dynamics of forms of communication in local, national and global contexts. Through a range of case studies and examples, it deals with the technologies, ethics, and ideologies of political and cultural communication, taking in nes coverage of global events, cultural communication, global journalism, and intercultural communications.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MR504

Independent Study

The Independent Study provides you with the opportunity to engage in a piece of extended research. It develops your research skills and enables you to develop a detailed knowledge of a subject of interest you. The Independent Study enhances your employability through the development of advanced research and writing skills, and the ability to self-manage a substantial research project.

The module enables a choice of assessment methods: You have the opportunity to engage in a piece of extended research and scholarship related to the fields of media, film and communication studies or to utilise work experience or placement in a piece of industry focused academic research.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MR506

Digital Games and Gamification: Technology Culture and Social Practice

This module examines the prominent position of digital games within contemporary media culture from the analysis of games as media texts to the gamification of contemporary media culture. It covers the historical development and emergence of gaming as one of the largest of the contemporary global creative industries and examines the relationship between games, global media, technology and the audiences who consume games.

Attention is also paid to the larger place of gaming technologies within postmodern societies and the relationship between digital gaming and other media forms and platforms such as cinema and advertising and the ‘gamification’ of social media and mobile technologies.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MR507

Documentary and Factual Production: Poetics and Praxis

This module takes as its central themes some of the fundamental problematic of factual production, such as that of art versus reportage, the narrativisation of ‘the real’, documentary as social comment, the cultural value of truth, observation vs. surveillance, and ethical practices in representation.

The module’s methodology requires you both to engage with the theoretical and historical concerns within the academic study of media artefacts which interpret factual events and to relate this to practical concerns.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MR508

Screening Surveillance

The module will provide an analysis of the concept of surveillance across a range of science fiction and technothrillers, documentaries and drama. The module explores theoretical approaches to the concept of surveillance in relation to themes such as cityscapes, bodies, technology, cybersecurity, time and space. Students will be provided with an introduction to specific terminology and key texts in order to explore the concept of surveillance as a framework for engaging with examples from film, television, and games.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MR509

Represent and Persuade

This module will build your skills and knowledge in the field of factual communication. Through a theory and practice approach you will gain understanding of both the communicative strategies of factual media and skills in constructing media products.

You will examine the rhetorical strategies of the communications industries, exploring language, rhetoric and visual communication. At the same time, through creative practice you will explore effective methods of communicating specific forms of information with audiences. You will also examine their organisational strategies and a key focus of the module will be the increasing integration of these forms of communication with social media platforms.

Exploring documentary, and factual communicative forms such as educational television, and short video and documentary formats such as museum media displays or public information film, you will how media can ‘inform, educate and entertain’. You will also consider the role of ethics in the public sphere and demonstrate the ability to navigate critical questions through both critical research and practice.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6MR511

Ready Player One: Videogames, Technology and Gamification

What is a videogame? Why have they been so successful? This module examines the prominent position of digital games within contemporary media culture from the analysis of games as media texts to the gamification of contemporary media culture. It covers the historical development and emergence of gaming as one of the largest of the contemporary global creative industries and examines the relationship between games, global media, technology and the audiences who consume games.

You will explore games as a creative medium, interactive storytelling.

Attention is also paid to the larger place of gaming technologies within postmodern societies and the relationship between digital gaming and other media forms and platforms such as cinema and advertising and the ‘gamification’ of social media and mobile technologies.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MR995

Independent Study

The Independent Study provides you with the opportunity to engage in a piece of extended research or practice. It develops your research skills and enables you to develop a detailed knowledge of a subject of interest you. The Independent Study enhances your employability through the development of advanced research and writing skills or individual creative practice and the ability to self-manage a substantial research project.

The module enables a choice of assessment methods: You have the opportunity to engage in a piece of extended research and scholarship related to the fields of media, film and communication studies, to utilise work experience or placement in a piece of industry-focused academic research, or to engage in independent creative practice in an area such as documentary, video essay.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You will normally attend 12 hours, ie four modules of three hours length, per week. Theory modules include formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, group exercises, debates, screenings. Production modules (three hours per week) include hands-on practice with audio and video equipment, research, editing, etc.

The programme incorporates lectures from industry experts from areas such as TV, film, cinema and advertising in a number of modules. Events with industry speakers give you the chance to get information and gain industry contacts. Work based learning opportunities enable you to gain academic credit for real world learning and you have the opportunity to engage in hands-on audience research.

How you're assessed

Critical essays, blogs and wikis, presentations, video essays. There are no exams on this course.

Who will teach you

Nathan Hunt

Dr Nathan Hunt
Programme leader

Senior Lecturer in Film and Media

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

You’ll have the opportunity to gain work experience during stage two and three of the course. We have established contacts with a number of independent film companies, local radio stations and newspapers and could help you gain work experience and help further your media career.

Careers talks are arranged each year and former students have gone on to work in TV researching, film and TV production, public relations, marketing, film archiving, radio presenting or production, marketing, advertising and public relations and journalism. Others used their degree for higher level entry into, for example, the civil Service, charity management, customer services, further education or teaching.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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