Foundation Year Zero
Students on all of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year courses will undertake 80 credits of generic core modules introducing them 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
In addition you will be offered two 20 credit optional modules, one to be studied in each semester. The full list of optional modules is as follows and you will be placed onto the modules which most effectively complement your degree pathway choice and, where applicable, your study interests:
- Dangerous Ideas
- Foundation English Language and Communication
- Foundation English Literature
- Foundation Media and Communications
- Analysing British Cinema
- Historical Foundations
- America and the World (subject to validation)
- Music and Performing Arts in Context
- The Languages and Theory of Music
Optional Modules associated with Degree Pathway in Semester 1 (S1) and Semester 2 (S2)
- Foundation Media and Communications S1
- Analysing British Cinema S2
Critical Approaches to Film, Radio and Television Studies
This module aims to introduce you to a number of critical/theoretical approaches to film, radio and television; it aims to give some sense of the historical discourses surrounding these media, while also applying critical/theoretical approaches to contemporary developments; lastly, though implicit rather than explicit, it aims to provide a basic critical/theoretical context for your practical work.
Introduction To Radio and Television Production (combined honours only)
This module aims to introduce you to the safe and effective use of radio and television equipment and techniques relating to their use. It aims to provide opportunities for you to develop organisational, creative and technical skills within the context of radio and television production. Additionally it aims to provide opportunities to develop team skills within radio and television production and to integrate initial theoretical concepts within practical productions.
Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Moving Image Production (combined honours only)
The module aims to establish productive links between film and television theory and creative practice, enabling you to situate your own moving image practice within a theoretical context, and also encouraging you to explore theoretical concerns through practical work. The module seeks to introduce you to a number of critical/theoretical approaches to the study of film and television, and to provide opportunities to develop creative skills in moving image production.
Readings Meanings and Texts (single honours only)
The aim of the module is to establish the specific skills required to interpret texts in relation to broader cultural and industrial contexts across the three media of film, radio and television. The module introduces, develops and applies analytical skills appropriate for each medium. The module focuses on developing the appropriate language required to enable you to confidently analyse texts and provides a foundation for close textual analysis which will inform their work throughout the degree. This module also provides a theoretical context for your practical studies.
Animating The Imagination (single honours only)
A theoretical module which aims to introduce you to the fundamental elements of the creative potential, influence and significance of animation and film within twentieth century culture and to highlight their contemporary relevance. The module aims to provide an overview of the emergence of film and animation in relation to some of the key debates, influences and movements which shaped them - enabling you to make connections between early and contemporary animation and film.
Introduction to Television Production (single honours only)
This module aims to introduce you to the safe and effective use of television and location video equipment and techniques relating to their use. In addition, the module aims to provide opportunities for you to develop organisational, creative, technical and team skills and to integrate initial theoretical concepts within practical productions.
Introduction to Film Production (single honours only
To introduce you to the safe and effective use of 16mm film production equipment and techniques relating to their use and to provide opportunities to develop organisational, creative and technical skills within the context of 16mm film production. Additionally, the module will provide opportunities to develop team skills and to integrate theoretical concepts within practical production. You will be expected to develop an awareness of the technical and vocational demands that are specific to their production roles. Through linked research extending to the production of a short 16mm film project, students are afforded opportunities to develop a range of organisational, creative and technical skills, including: time management, interpersonal and group communication skills, and problem solving strategies.
Introduction to Radio Production (single honours only)
This module aims to introduce you to the safe and effective use of radio. It aims to provide opportunities for you to develop organisational, creative and technical skills within the context of radio and television production. Additionally it aims to provide opportunities to develop team skills within radio production and to integrate initial theoretical concepts within practical productions.
Creative Practice - Television (single honours only)
This module aims to build upon the production skills and learning, developed at year one by extending the range of facilities and specialist equipment available to year two students. The nature and length of practical assignments has also been extended; to allow you the opportunity to develop and refine technical skills within their chosen medium of TV production and to develop skills within specialist production roles where appropriate. Finally, this module will continue to combine and integrate practical and theoretical concepts, by making connections with intellectual discourse explored within year two theory modules.
Creative Practice - Film (single honours only)
This module aims to build upon the production skills and learning of year one, by extending the range of facilities and equipment available to students and through developing links with level two theory modules. Practical tuition will provide the opportunity for students to produce their coursework in a variety of formats. Where possible, you will be given the choice to work in more than one medium.
Creative Practice - Radio (single honours only)
The module aims to build on the production skills and learning of Year One in part by extending the range of facilities and equipment available to you. The module aims to combine and integrate practical and theoretical considerations by making connections with the work undertaken in year two theory modules.
Specialised Study by Practical Project - Film/Television/Radio (single honours only)
The module aims to develop further the technical and creative skills learned in year two, and apply them to the production of practical projects in film, radio, video or animation. The module also aims to present you with opportunities to critically integrate theory with practical production work. Through the projects, ideas of self-responsibility, organisation and problem solving skills will be developed.
Likely optional modules
This is an illustrative sample of some of the options we offer. Please note that not all optional modules will run each year.
This module aims to introduce students to model and drawn animation techniques and equipment.
American Independent Cinema
The module aims to develop a conceptual and critical knowledge and understanding of American Independent cinema since the end of the 1950s to its current position in relation to mainstream Hollywood cinema. To examine the work of specific filmmakers who might be regarded as pioneers of the independent cinema aesthetic, including, John Cassavetes, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, John Sayles, Spike Lee, and to reflect critically on what might constitute that aesthetic and explore the oppositional, transgressive, auteurist, aesthetic of Independent cinema and its symbiotic relationship with the mainstream.
Editing: Practice of Theory
The module aims to identify the chronological and historical development of editing procedure and provide a practical context for the co-requisite Editing: Theory of Practice module. The module marries practice and theory in the development of your critical understanding of the process of editing through the production of short visual exercises as a key element of their learning experience. In the production of your own exercises you will develop your understanding of the importance of the editing process in cinematic and television production. The module aims to develop your critical understanding of practical editing techniques through the undertaking of a range of relevant post-production methods.
Editing Theory of Practice
The module aims to develop a critical understanding of editing through the analysis of a range of relevant cinematic texts. The module aims to identify the chronological and historical development of editing procedure and provide a theoretical context for the year two practical production modules.
This module aims to introduce techniques of practical scriptwriting and build your creative skills to make original and imaginative dramatic narratives.
Cinematography: Designing The Frame
This module examines the craft of cinematography by placing it as a practice with both theoretical and historical contexts. The module aims to integrate theoretical concepts within a practical production context by providing the opportunity to develop your photographic techniques, creative skills and understanding relevant to image making. The module will provide a focused study of the key cinematic trends, debates and changes in technology, through examining the work of influential photographers and cinematographers in relation to contemporary practice. In practical coursework you will have the opportunity to understand key principles of photography addressing ideas of form and content in relation to learning about composition, lighting control, exposure, colour theory and production technologies.
Modern Science Fiction Cinema
The aims of this module are to develop your responses to film by focusing upon the genre of sf. This will refine critical and theoretical notions such as genre theory, the sublime, estrangement, blockbusters, art film, camp, postmodernism, virtuality and representation in relation to the specific context of the sf film since 1968, where necessary connecting this to specialised critical vocabulary.
The aims of this module are to develop your responses to comedy, humour and laughter, both as a means of providing pleasure to an audience and as a means of structure a given text. The comic will be examine both in terms of a variety of theoretical positions on comedy, the comic, humour and laughter and the socio-political contexts in which it takes place.
The ‘Individual Study’ module is designed to support your extended research into an area of study proposed by yourself and agreed with your tutor. As well as this specific study, more general shared tuition will focus on research skills and methodology, introducing you to the skills of extended academic research.
Contemporary TV Drama
The module aims to develop your critical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of contemporary television drama and the way in which its evolving forms impact on its consumption and definition. Additionally, the module aims to situate contemporary television drama as a process actively participating in the larger cultural systems of which it is a part.
Professional Perspectives In The Creative Industries
The module aims to prepare students for entry in to the creative industries by developing awareness of key skills in presentation, pitching, funding applications, CV writing, portfolio management and team working and in helping you to draw upon the strengths of your practical and theoretical work in your other modules.
The module aims to enhance employability by bringing you into contact with industry professionals who will help to set project briefs and offer feedback on your work
The Cinematic City
The module aims to develop your critical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of the meanings of space and place in contemporary U.S. cinema, with particular attention to the construction of the cinematic city. Additionally, the module aims to situate the representations of space and place in the cinematic city as a process actively participating in the larger cultural systems of which they are a part.
Utopianism In Cinema
This module aims to introduce you to critical discourse surrounding Utopian representation and to develop your ability to critically engage with social dreaming in a number of relevant cinematic texts. You will be introduced to a variety of definitions to help you distinguish between Utopias, anti-Utopias, critical Utopias and Dystopias, and you will be encouraged to interpret their significance and situate cinematic utopianism as a process actively participating in the larger cultural systems of which it is a part.
EDITING: History, Technique, Art and Craft
The course aims to further your critical awareness of editing theory and practice through the analysis of a range of relevant cinematic texts, practical productions and technical exercises. You will be introduced to a number of key issues and debates concerning editing and will consider how meanings are produced through image and sound technique, art and craft and these lead to collective interpretation/reading. The course will advance further the chronological and historical development of editing procedure and provide a theoretical context for the year three specialised practical courses. Through a series of lectures and practical workshops, this course should promote active critical debate, practical and technical knowledge and further inform further students’ production work.
Real-time Visual Performance
The module aims to develop your critical and conceptual knowledge and understanding of the history and practice of real-time visual performance. Additionally, the module aims to enable to you to develop your own creative practice in real-time visual performance through the development of skills and knowledge required to produce and perform visuals for live events, stage, music performances, gallery installations and/or to produce digital artworks outside normal cinematic conventions. Finally, the module aims to situate the real-time visual performance in relation to other audio visual practices in the arts, within both historical and contemporary contexts.
Media Production (combined honours)
This optional module is available only to students who are taking Specialised Study by Practical Project (20 credits). It offers the Joint Honours student an opportunity to develop vocational skills in the field of production. The module situates the media production process within a ‘professional’ context and provides the opportunity to produce a small commercially focused project that evidences the student’s ability to accommodate the needs of a client and their audience. The practical work will be situated in either advertising, corporate presentation or the production of training materials.
Through project work, ideas of self-responsibility, organisation and problem solving skills will be also be extended enabling students to develop skills required for employment and their own continued creative and intellectual development.