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Programme Specification

 

Programme Summary Information

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Programme Title

BA (Hons) Film and Media

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University of Sunderland Course Code

 

UCAS Code

PW36

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Awarding Institution

University of Sunderland

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Teaching Institution(s)

(if different from point 3)

N/A

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Professional Statutory or Regulatory Body (PSRB) (if applicable)

N/A

 

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Programme Description

 

Overview

The programme enables you to study film and cinema within the context of media and cultural theory.  The programme aims to:

 

            familiarise students with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the film, media and cultural studies (FM&CS);

            develop knowledge of key concepts, theoretical approaches, histories and debates in FM&CS;

            develop students’ specialist knowledge in specific subject areas within film, media and cultural studies, whilst maintaining breadth of study across it;

            develop students’ independent research skills;

            develop students’ analytical skills;

            introduce students to a range of learning methods;

            develop high level of communication skills;

            offer students the opportunity to engage in practice to a specialist level in up  to one area of media production/practice.

 

 

What’s covered in the course?

 

Stage 1

At stage 1 students are introduced to the relationship between theory, research, criticism and practice as it applies to film studies, media studies and cultural studies. Core modules introduce a wide-ranging set of theories associated with film, media and cultural studies, as well as providing an overview of film history from the late 19th century to the start of the 21st. Option modules provide students with opportunities to take courses in the history of radio and TV, in contemporary cinema and also television cultures. Furthermore students have the opportunity to undertake scriptwriting and media/film production modules.

Stage 2

Stage 2 draws on, and allows students to integrate and refine, the knowledge and skills they have attained at stage 1, with core modules that further develop theoretical, analytical and critical skills in the areas of media and cultural studies, as well as film theory and criticism. Options at this stage include either academic research skills or scriptwriting, along with modules that explore the histories of American, British and European cinema, as well as animated film. offer a range of case studies of film production in context. Students also have the opportunity to further develop scriptwriting and media/film production skills to the value of 40 credits.

Stage 3

At stage 3 the emphasis shifts further towards advanced, self-directed learning with tutorial support and more specialized topics. Students will be required to develop specialized areas of interest through independent learning, either with a written dissertation or a full-length feature script of between 60 and 90 pages. A core module in film special topic extends and advances theoretical, analytical and critical skills, while a range of options enable students to pursue more specialized investigations into such topics as horror films, Science Fiction TV and emotion in cinema.

 

Where will I study?

On Sunderland Campus

 

 

 

 

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Programme Awards

7a

Name of Final Award

Level

Credits Awarded

 

E.g.: Bachelor of Arts with Honours

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360

7b

Exit Awards and Credit Awarded

 

 

E.g.: Certificate of Higher Education

E.g.: Diploma of Higher Education

E.g.: Bachelor of Arts

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5

6

120

240

300

 

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Programme Specific Regulations

 

Not applicable for this programme.

 

9a

Mode(s) of Study

Location/Campus

Duration of Study

Full time

Sunderland

 

3 years

Part time

Sunderland

 

6 years

 

9b

Is this programme delivered at a Transnational (TNE) partner?

No

Is this programme delivered at UK Further Education Colleges?

No

 

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Entry Requirements

 

The admission requirements for this programme as stated on the course page of the University of Sunderland website at https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/, or found by searching for the course entry profile located on the UCAS website are correct.                                                   YES

 

This programme is suitable for students to enter with advanced standing (e.g. APL)        YES

 

Where applicable use the space below to detail any specific arrangements – e.g. APL only permitted to a specific level  Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

 

 

 

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Programme Learning Outcomes

 

By the end of stage 1 of the programme successful students will be able to do the following:

 

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Explain and express theories and concepts in the analysis of media texts including film.

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Communicate appropriate judgement in planning, selecting or presenting information.

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Write essays that include academic conventions of research.

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Have knowledge of the theoretical concepts and issues necessary for further study within fields of film and media.

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Have an understanding of the impact of historical changes on film and media.

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Demonstrate knowledge of the institutional contexts in which the social, political and cultural operate.

 

By the end of stage 2 of the programme successful students will be able to do the following:

 

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Apply appropriate theoretical perspectives and research methods in analysing specific areas of film and media output and consumption.

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Evaluate their own and other people’s work and present ideas clearly to a specific audience.

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Plan, develop and conduct research in to specialise area of film and media.

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Demonstrate detailed knowledge and advanced understanding of key theories and debates relating to the analysis of media texts, audiences and film theory.

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Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a variety of specialised historical developments in film and media studies.

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Demonstrate detailed knowledge of audience consumption of film, media and/or culture.

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Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate academic research methods for the investigation of film and media topics.

 

By the end of stage 3 of the programme successful students will be able to do the following:

 

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Critique and apply specific concepts within specialised film and media texts.

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Demonstrate advanced skills and analysis, synthesis and presentation in written work

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Apply appropriate independent research skills to ensure the reliability and validity of a research project.

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Demonstrate a critical awareness of organisational structures, influences and processes within the field of film and media studies.

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Demonstrate a critical appreciation and understanding of the current debates within film and media studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Programme Requirements

There are optional modules on this programme  Yes

 

Level 4:

 

In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

 

Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed

MAC101

Introduction to Media And Cultural Studies

20

1,2,3,4,6

MAC170

Introduction to Film Studies

20

1,2,3,4,5,6

MED125

History of the Cinema

20

1,2,3,4,5,6

MED121

Contemporary Cinema

20

1,2,3,5,6

FIL103

Scriptwriting

20

2,4

FIL104

Production Skills

20

2,4,6

 

 

Level 5:

 

In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits):

 

Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed

MAC201

Media Studies I

20

7,8,9,10,12,13

MAC217

Film Theory and Criticism

20

7,9,10,11,13

FIL202

Film and Society

20

7,9,10,11,12,13

MAC285

Animated Film

20

7,8,9,10,11,13

 

In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete Option modules totalling 40 credits: Option modules available on this programme are as below: please note that there may be instances where not all options will be available.

 

Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed

MED217

Academic Research Skills II

20

7,10,12

MED222

Shoot. Edit. Share. Self-Shooting Online Video

20

8,12,13

FIL204

Screenwriting

20

8,9,10,12

MED216

Researching Media in Everyday Lives

20

7,8,9,10,12,13

MAC202

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture

20

7,8,9,10,12,13

 

Level 6:

 

In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete one of the following CORE modules (totalling 40 credits):

 

Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed

MAC390 OR

Media Research Project, OR

40

14,15,16,17,18

MAC399

Practical Project: Scriptwriting

40

14,15,16,17,18

 

 

In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete Option modules totalling 80 credits: Option modules available on this programme are as below: please note that there may be instances where not all options will be available.

 

Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed

MED333

Film Studies Special Topic

20

14,15,16,17,18

MED324

Film and Feeling: Music, Performance, Genre

20

14,15,16,17,18

MAC366

Film, Horror and the Body

20

14,15,16,17,18

MAC387

Science Fiction and Fantasy TV

20

14,15,16,17,18

MAC301

Media Studies II

20

14,15,16,17,18

MED332

Popular Music Cultures

20

14,15,16,17,18

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.  Employability

The programme contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes.  Please refer to Integrated Curriculum Design Framework  when completing this section.

 

Professional

display a professional attitude and the behaviours, skills and knowledge to make a positive contribution to society through work, research and community engagement.

Develops:
Communication skills

Digital skills

Analytical skills
Problem solving skills

Live briefs set across core modules

Understanding of audiences and ability to respond accordingly

 

Adaptable

are adaptable to change have resilience and are personally capable of problem solving and innovation.

Develops:

Problem solving skills

Transferable skills that can be applied in various situations

Confidence through presentation and critical thinking skills

 

Engaged

 

 

 

are united by a desire to give something back to society and to develop communities locally, regionally and globally.

Students are encouraged to work with local community through film special topic and film festival brief.

Students are given opportunities on collaborative projects throughout each stage, through group work.

 

 

 

 

14. Additional Costs: Are there any additional costs on top of the fees?

 

No, but all students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials

 

Yes (optional).  All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials.  In addition there are some additional costs for optional activities associated with the programme (see above)

There may be optional student trips that could carry a cost, although not usually.

Yes (essential).  All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials.  In addition there are some essential additional costs associated with the programme (see above)

 

 

 

15. Version Control

Programme Specifications are checked annually and updated when changes are made to the programme.

 

Version

Number

 

Date

Details of change

Author

V1

Document created

30/1/20

Transferred information from old programme specification template

JP Green

V2

Document changed

07/02/20

Section 12, level 5 amended (now reads 80 credit core, 40 credit options)

 

V3

Document changed

25/2/20

Updated stage 2 option modules

JP Green

V4

Document changed

03/04/20

Added MAC202 as stage 2 option

JP Green