School of Creative Studies and Media

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Media Studies with a Modern Language BA (Hons)

These courses allow you to study media studies (two-thirds) with a modern language (one third), and are jointly run by the School of Creative Studies and Media and the School of Modern Languages. This course will equip you with a solid grounding in the principles of media theory and practice, as well as providing the technical and practical skills required to make you a sought-after media professional. In addition, the course will allow you to expand your knowledge of a modern language.

Media staff in the School have a range of research interests including comics, gaming and virtual worlds, visual culture, live television, hypertexts, the gaming industry, and media events, and have recently written on topics such as film and video, multimedia, global media systems, virtual landscapes, social networks, interactive television, media and representation, cult TV, computer games and documentary.

Why choose Bangor?

  • The School of Creative Studies and Media is unique in its close integration of academic and theoretical approaches with hands-on creative practice. Students in the School have the opportunity at all levels to combine a study of their chosen field with practice-based outcomes such as writing, performance, and media/digital media production.
  • The School specialises in a number of key areas: Professional Writing and Journalism; Media and Digital Communication; Film Studies; Performance Studies; Creative and Media Practice. The School has research interests in all areas of Film Studies, with research programmes running in several key areas.
  • We have excellent links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry.
  • The School has a fully-equipped media centre with editing suites, production studios, media and digital media equipment available to students.
  • Bangor is the site for a range of Creative Industries conferences, video conferences and events.
  • Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.
  • Final-year projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company and could include working in a team with students from creative arts degree courses.

What will I study?

The courses are designed so that you study two-thirds Media Studies modules, and one third French/Germa/Spanish/Italian modules.

Modules you might take include:

Year 1

  • Creative Practice
  • Media Culture
  • Creating Narratives
  • Visual Culture 1 – Imaging the World
  • Digital Communication
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • French/German/Spanish/Italian language skills
  • French/German/Spanish/Italian communication skills
  • French/German/Spanish/Italian for beginners

Year 2

  • Cultural Economy of the Media
  • Games and Virtual Environments
  • Media Practice: Factual
  • Writing for Film and Television
  • Storytelling: Theory and Craft
  • Developing Scripted Media
  • VC2: Reading the Visual

You will also take modules from the BA French/German/Spanish degree, or from a range of modules in Italian

Year 3

  • Visual Culture 3 - Race and Gender
  • Adaptations in European Cinema
  • Short Film Pre-production
  • Short Film Production
  • Developing Scripted Media
  • Dissertation

You will also take modules from the BA French/German/Spanish degree, or from a range of modules in Italian.

How will I learn?

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

Media Studies at Bangor offers a balance of practical and analytical tasks. Media Practice modules concentrate on three key areas: studio production, single camera filming and editing, and radio production. Practical modules will be assessed both on practical output and on the individual's ability to reflect critically on their practice. Modules on the influence of the media, media and culture, drama and documentary and visual culture are assessed by exam and assignment. Much of your study will be done in small teaching groups.

Career Prospects

The practice elements of this degree equip the students with a thorough understanding of the principles which underlie media production. A number of our graduates have gone on to work in the newspaper industry, and on television and radio, both in front of the camera and as part of the production team. Students graduating from the Media Studies with a Modern Language degree are particularly wellequipped to pursue a career internationally. Several graduates each year go on to develop their work further with us through a period of postgraduate study, where once again the School uniquely offers a combination of critical and creative approaches to the study of media and media practice.

Course facts

UCAS course codes:
Media Studies with:
French P3R1 BA/MSFr
German P3R2 BA/MSG
Italian P3R3 BA/MSIt
Spanish P3R4 BA/MSSp

Length: 3 years

Entry requirements

  • 260-300 points (subject to personal profile)
  • We consider mature students with non-standard qualifications.

Want to know more?

Please contact:

Dr Stephanie Marriott
School of Creative Studies and Media
Tel: 01248 388591 / 01248 383207

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