Single and Joint Honours Degree Programme St Mary’s University College Special Features Our teaching staff include nationally recognised and research active academics. Guest speakers and Twickenham 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 London observation of professional and workplace environments. Single and Joint Honours 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 School of Communication, Culture 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. and Creative Arts 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 Film and 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 Popular Culture or Email email@example.com Also see our website at www.smuc.ac.uk/film&popularculture St Mary’s University College Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham TW1 4SX Switchboard 020 8240 4000 Fax 020 8240 4255 www.smuc.ac.uk 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 confidence. 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. projects. 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.