You will undertake 80 credits of generic core modules, introducing you to study in the arts and humanities and university-level skills, namely:
- Academic Writing and Study Skills
- Personal and Career Development
- Understanding Arts and Humanities
- Being Human: an Introduction to the Humanities
Then you will choose two 20 credit optional modules (one in Term 1 and one in Term 2), one will be subject-specific to the Foundation Year course relevant to your degree and the second will be chosen from a list of other introductory subject-specific modules depending on availability and prerequisites. Likely optional modules are:
- Foundation English Literature
- Foundation Media and Communications
- Analysing British Cinema
- Historical Foundations
- Music and Performing Arts in Context
- The Languages and Theory of Music
- Dangerous Ideas
- Foundation English Language and Communication
Academic Writing and Study Skills
The module is essentially skill-based and will focus on the development of communication and study skills. You will be introduced to the necessary reading and writing strategies through task-based activities to allow you to make progress in your future academic studies. This module also helps you to develop the spoken language skills necessary for effective participation in standard study situations such as delivering presentations
Personal and Career Development
You will be introduced to key concepts relating to career development. Through discussion and evaluation you will identify the opportunities and barriers facing individuals with regard to personal development. You will consider, depict and present potential issues relating to you own future using creative methods of your choice.
Understanding Arts and Humanities
The module will induct you into the Faculty of Arts and Humanities through exploring the School structures, and the presentation of relevant theories, practical outputs and scholarly activities from within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Following a series of induction sessions you will attend lectures, workshops and seminars delivered by staff from across the faculty, where they introduce salient research projects, project outcomes, theories and debates. The expectation is that this module will create a lively and animated discussion of the interconnected form of Arts and Humanities, and best prepare you for continuation into L4 of your studies.
Being Human: an Introduction to the Humanities
The module will study materials in their historical and cultural contexts and also the critical frameworks for discussing and writing about the humanities. You will be introduced to the study of humanities through case studies drawn from a range of disciplines, including archaeology, history, literary criticism, and theology and religious studies.
Foundation English Literature
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the fundamentals of literary criticism and equip you to write effectively about literature in its various contexts. You will study literature written in English in its historical, cultural, and critical contexts, and the critical terms and frameworks for discussing and writing about literature. You will be introduced to literary study from a variety of perspectives.
Foundation Media and Communications
The Module aims to provide practical engagement with the processes, methods, codes and conventions related to the use of digital technology in communications and business. Practical opportunities are provided for you to explore design aesthetics and principles in relation to a practice-based assignment and use a range of software applications suitable for the design and production of creative design outputs. You will gain knowledge of the basic principles of layout and typography and of hierarchies of information using both image and text, and acquire knowledge of key debates related to design such as originality, copyright, and new media platforms. You will also develop appropriate presentation skills in order to effectively communicate your knowledge, research and development.
Analysing British Cinema
This module aims to provide you with the ability to undertake critical film analysis, through an understanding of some key examples from the history of British cinema. In particular, the focus of each week will be on developments in British film history, and also how the films reveal social and political concerns central to an understanding of British national identity. Central to this aim is to develop your critical skills
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the fundamental aspects of historical inquiry, and to provide you with the tools to communicate effectively and think critically about a broad range of themes and contexts from history.
Music and Performing Arts in Context
The module aims to engage you in the contextual issues around music and performing arts. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the issues and debates around the multiple meanings of music and performing arts in different.
Contexts around the world
This module presents you with the opportunity to encounter, explore, and discuss a wide range of music across traditional, classical, and popular genres.
The Languages and Theory of Music
You will need some ability to read and engage with music: e.g. previous music lessons or autodidactic study for this module. It reaches the equivalent level of ABRSM grade 5 music theory, but assumes some prior knowledge such as the ability to read basic music and engage with music as a performer, and requires attendance at ensembles and rehearsals for a concert in which you will perform. The programme team can be consulted with any queries. This module aims to introduce you to the ‘languages’ of music: the tools musicians and musicologists use in order to communicate in and about music in depth and with meaning. In particular, the module focuses on the rudiments of tonal music theory and notation across popular and classical music genres.
The module will study the concepts that inform theological and religious thought and that will be explored though a range of religious-cultural, social-political, philosophical and ethical contexts to identify the ways that the social and philosophical world interacts with theological and religious thought. You will be introduced to a variety of interpretive strategies informed by ‘race’, class, gender and sexuality.
Foundation English Language and Communication
The aim of this module is to introduce you to key methods, debates and forms of analysis in language studies and communication studies. You will study the ways in which written and spoken communication operate in different settings and with different effects. It will also consider the part played by elements of the language system (such as grammar) in successful communication in spoken and written texts.