Communication Arts Module Details

First year | Second year | Third year

First year

Core

Communication Practice
Will teach you about the impact of creative risk-taking and introduce you to critical practice in communication techniques, via live projects and coursework exercises. 

Community Media
Will enable you to explore the principles and practices of community media and develop your skills as a collaborative practitioner. 

Digital Society
Will introduce you to some of the key concepts and debates around technology that are prevalent  in contemporary society, while supporting you to develop the skills required to critique them. 

Documenting Media
Will introduce you to documentary video and stills photography, including audio acquisition, interview techniques and post-production for blogging, vlogging and podcasting via integrated media feeds. 

Second year

Core

Communication Challenges
Will develop your creative communication abilities via live projects on new and emerging media platforms for a range of purposes, including, for example, work on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Community Media Production
Requires you to critically engage with community media organisations to examine, practise and collaborate on community media ideas and concepts. 

Optional

Professional Practice: Film Festivals
Will support you to develop your understanding of the role that film festivals play in the UK and abroad. You will be given the opportunity to gain some practical experience too, by planning and programming a themed film festival of your own!

From Script to Screen
Will support you to develop your skills in filmmaking and narrative cinema. You will work with professional scriptwriters to produce an original script, then, using this, will plan and produce your own original film. 

Disney
Focuses on one defining media institution – the Disney Corporation – and traces its development from a small-scale animation producer to the largest provider of family trans-media entertainment in the world. You will combine the study of animated film with a focus on family audiences and Disney’s various media activities, to understand how global media conglomerates function.

Film and Material Culture
Develops your critical and research skills by studying the cultural, industrial and historical significance of promotional and fan-produced materials for films, from press books and posters to trailers and radio and adaptations – and everything in between!

Contemporary British Cinema
Explores key aspects of British cinema, the contemporary British film industry and the critical and contextual debates around them. It focuses mainly on the period since 1990, but also looks back to the longer history of UK genre trends, film culture, reception, critique and policy to help us understand the contexts and forces shaping more recent developments.

Journalism 1
Helps you to understand the history and context of journalism. You will engage with some key theoretical issues and understand how the law impacts on journalism. 

Public Relations
Introduces you to different types of public relations, the industry structures, and the tools used by practitioners to engage with audiences.

Television Studies
Will introduce you to practices that the TV industry follows, with particular emphasis on the relationship between TV programmes and schedules. 

Political Communication
Explores how politicians communicate with the public via the media and the roles that media professionals, especially journalists, play in the process. You will consider how different theoretical perspectives can be used to analyse the media’s coverage of politics.

Ideas in Music and Sonic Art
Explores a diverse range of issues and perspectives related to recent and current cultures in music and the sonic arts. You will focus on central historical and philosophical threads of the last century to contextualise contemporary sound- and music-making. 

Performing with Technology
Gives you the opportunity to interpret a prescribed repertoire or approach which you will then perform using a material of your choice. You will also explore key features that creative technologies offer when it comes to developing existing musical performance models or creating new ones. 

Social Media Production
Examines the role that social media technology plays, using keywords and concepts to create and critically evaluate social media. 

Video and Imaging Techniques
Considers what it takes to produce still and moving digital images, from initial captures through to editing, display and distribution.

Radio Production
Teaches you about the principles, techniques and practices that govern radio production. You'll use broadcast-standard radio production studios and Demon FM to develop your skills in audio recording and broadcasting. 

Third year

Core

Technology Project
Gives you the opportunity to negotiate your own production brief and research agenda. You will experiment with new techniques or produce work to a professional standard for collaborative clients. 

Community Media Development
Examines policy discourse around international community development, with a particular focus on how management and organisational structures in community media can promote progressive social gain objectives. 

Optional

Music Industry Management
Gives you a good understanding of the global music industry by tracing its development, examining the commercial and subsidised sectors, and exploring the roles of Government and other national bodies.  

Cult Film
Focuses on challenging, obscure, camp and intense films which have developed cult followings over the years. You will be exposed to stimulating underground films, learning about their broader social, theoretical, critical and historical contexts, to develop a clear understanding of cult film culture.

Information & Communication Technologies for Development
Explores issues around the development of ICT in developing nations and emerging economies. You will complete a country report, assessing ICT position, capability and emerging issues including the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Broadcast Journalism
Allows you to explore and develop your broadcast skills. You will have the opportunity to access our Creative Technology Studio and broadcast on the university’s Demon Media network. 

Writing for the Screen
Offers the opportunity to receive professional training and practical guidance from an industry practitioner to develop your skills in creative scriptwriting for television, online video and film.

Global Advertising Practices
Offers an insight into basic marketing concepts and promotional strategies associated with advertising as a commercial and creative practice. The module is informed by critical theory and delivered through assignments that combine practice and theory. 

International Public Relations
Will build on your understanding of Public Relations as developed in your second year on the course. You will explore, in greater depth, key academic debates and issues surrounding the theory and practice of public relations.

Women, Politics and Media
Focuses on the interdependent relationship between women, media and politics by examining political mediation; the history of feminist thought; identity formations based on gender, race and class; and the extent to which women are politicised, marginalised, empowered in and through the media.

Music, Media and Community Arts
Allows you to share your skills in music technology with others in the community, e.g. schools and hospitals, and alongside other arts organisations. You will develop your understanding of how technology offers a unique way of interacting with the community and music/art making.

Installation Art
Develops your skills in using electroacoustic media in various contexts, from gallery to public spaces. You will critically evaluate issues surrounding the history and conceptual evolution of the installation, site specificity, public art, sounding space, acoustic properties of structures, interactivity, intervention, sculpture and multimedia.

Radio Location Production
Develops your theoretical and practical understanding of radio location production, in particular the management of resources, use and deployment of location technologies, and regulatory and legal framework related to the broadcast industry. 

Post-Production for Video and Film
Examines techniques and issues associated with modern post-production, including digital compositing; computer-generated imagery; special effects; motion graphics and titles; and sound. You will use programmes such as Da Vinci Resolve to enhance the look and finish of film and video footage and learn to emulate film stocks using Look Up Tables to develop a unique aesthetic style of your own.

Social Media Practice
Develops your digital production skills. You will design and create products for use in a range of social media contexts including the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and community fundraising.

Creative Image Production
Introduces you to applied imaging technologies, such as time lapse, high speed photography, and High Dynamic Range imaging. Case studies of famous photographers and their work will inform your understanding of the relevance of historical techniques through to contemporary digital imaging.

Creative Entrepreneurship
Develops your project management skills. You will create a business plan to execute, promote and distribute media content via broadcast and online media outlets. 

 
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