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					Single and Joint Honours Degree Programme
                                                                                                              St Mary’s
                                                                                                              University College
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Our teaching staff include nationally recognised and research active academics. Guest speakers and
visiting lecturers with professional experience are invited to contribute to modules. Contacts with screen
industries and organisations, including the BFI and BBC, allow for external visits and research study or
observation of professional and workplace environments.

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Frequently Asked Questions                                                                                    Degree Programme
What subject combination with Film and Popular Culture should I select
for my joint degree?
If you have an interest in the media generally or if you are interested in taking video or television
production, you should combine with Media Arts. If you are interested in one of the optional specialist
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pathways such as screenwriting, you may wish to combine Film and Popular Culture with Professional
and Creative Writing. Other ideal combinations would be Sociology, or Drama and Performance Studies.
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Will I spend three years watching movies?
A selection of films and television programmes will be screened. However, these will be integral elements
of the various modules you take during your degree programme. You will be expected to analyse any
films, television and popular culture examples in a scholarly and academic manner. Any screenings will be
in the context of learning about the history, theory, production, and reception of screen texts and popular
culture. They will also be from the entire history of film and television and include foreign, canonical,
classic and art films, as well as mainstream films and popular television programmes.

Will I get to make my own films and programmes?
This is not a practical ‘film school’ style degree, but we do offer some hands on practical experience
within the offered modules. Overall, the focus is on studying the texts and the institutions which produce
those texts. In addition, there are a number of modules in which you can explore subjects such as
screenwriting, production management and other similar areas of the screen professions. Students who
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wish to undertake a degree with a strong practical element should consider combining with Media Arts.

How can I find out more?
Contact Dr Caroline Ruddell on +44 (0)20 8240 4174
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or Email

Also see our website at

St Mary’s University College
Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham TW1 4SX
Switchboard 020 8240 4000 Fax 020 8240 4255
Single and Joint Honours Degree Programme             St Mary’s University College                          Film and Popular Culture
                                                      Twickenham London

Film and Popular                                      Programme Structure and Content                       Level 3                                                Career opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                   With approximately 1 in 5 jobs in London in the
                                                                                                            In your third year, you can study subjects in          creative industries there are numerous career
Culture                                               Level 1
                                                                                                            greater depth, explore areas of personal interest
                                                                                                            and develop your practical understanding of film
                                                                                                                                                                   opportunities in the film, television and cultural
                                                                                                                                                                   arts. Previous graduates have also entered
                                                      We offer a comprehensive introductory year
                                                      where students will be introduced to various          and popular culture. You can gain academic credit      journalism, management and administration,
This new degree course reflects how film,             aspects of studying film and popular culture. You     through work experience and continue to                advertising, research, marketing, and PR.
television and popular culture shape our              will be introduced to the main methods and            specialise in areas such as video production,
everyday lives. By studying a range of                theories of cultural criticism. You will be taught    screen-writing or undertake an independent
topics you will gain an understanding of the          how to design and carry out research into             research project.
most significant issues affecting the media           popular culture. Topics addressed in the first
today and its relationship with our culture           year include the language of cinema, narrative        Level 3 courses include:
and society. This degree will prepare you             analysis, genre and star studies, representation      Advanced Video Production
for career in a wide range of industries.             and national identity. During Level 1, students       Screen and Script
                                                      also receive an introduction to screen writing.       Experiencing the Culture Industries
We offer opportunities for students to gain           Some classes are taught by visiting professionals     Independent Research Project
work experience in the media and                      with experience of script editing or television       Globalisation and multiculturalism
specialist courses to develop your skills in          production.
creative script writing, film and cultural                                                                  The TV Series: Cops and Docs on the Box
criticism and video production.                       There is also a field trip. Last year, the students   The Paradox of Horror
                                                      visited France, which included tours of Paris and     Understanding Japan
The course will focus on four interconnected          the Disney Land Resort Paris.                         World Cinema
areas of media and culture: cinema, television,                                                             Cult Film and Television
popular music and the internet. A central theme                                                             Animation
running throughout the course is the relationship     Level 2                                               The 1960s and the counter-culture
between these areas as they increasingly
converge. Our students will critically examine        In your second year, you can start to tailor your
how this affects traditional patterns of production   degree to your own areas of interest.
and consumption and explore the relationship
between technological convergence and cultural        The courses you can choose from will include:
                                                                                                            Teaching methods
                                                                                                            We place a strong emphasis on developing skills
convergence. We do this by studying issues of         Introducing Video Production                          that will be essential in the work place and further
cultural identity, such as race, class, gender and    Narrative Genre, Cultures and Race                    study. Most courses are taught through lectures,
sexuality, and by taking into account industry
                                                      Career and Professional Development                   workshops, practical exercises, screenings, field
practices, such as methods of production,
                                                      Popular Music                                         trips and small group discussions, with an
distribution, exhibition and economics.
                                                      Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Film       emphasis on developing your communication
                                                                                                            skills and the ability to express your ideas with
It is taught by academic specialists in the field     Approaches to Popular Culture and Screen Texts
and by professionals from the entertainment           North American Cinema
industries (see our website to find out more          Culture and Society in Modern Japan
about them and their work).
                                                                                                            Assessment methods
                                                      Studying Audiences                                    We assess your work in a variety of ways. These
                                                      Documentary Film                                      usually include essays, portfolios of work, research
                                                      Researching Diaspora                                  reports and blogs. We also assess group work
Entry Requirements
                                                                                                            including presentations, films and other practical
Normally 180–200 UCAS points.
A Level candidates would normally be expected
to have a minimum of a B and a C grade.               Study Abroad Options: In your second year,
                                                      you will have the opportunity to study for one
Alternative qualifications welcome.                   semester or one full year in another university in
                                                      the United States of America.

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