St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

As well as being a train ride away from the heart of London's film industry, our students benefit from an extremely accessible teaching staff, made up of research academics as well as industry professionals. With modules on a wide variety of film, television, popular music and other screen media, there is plenty of chance for you to explore the types of media that particularly interest you. Film and Screen Media received 100% overall satisfaction in the most recent NSS survey, which shows how engaged our students are on the programme. St Mary's Media Arts programme offers a level of support, and personal tuition that is unparalleled across the sector. If you study here, your lecturer will know your name and your respective strengths. Lecturers will therefore be able to help you build upon those strengths and address your areas of weakness in order to build a comprehensive portfolio of skills and work. At St Mary's University you can acquire a range of media design and production skills, as well as engage in some of the most significant debates about the media today. With excellent technical resources, lecturers with professional media experience and London's creative industries on our doorstep, we have many graduate success stories to tell.

Course Modules

Film and Popular Culture Level 1: Courses will include: understanding cinema and television industry; theory and popular culture; researching popular culture; tv production; image, sound and narrative. Level 2: Introducing video production; writing for film and television; careers in the media; popular music, cultures and societies; representations of gender and sexuality in film; race and representation; approaches to popular culture: youth culture and screen texts; North American cinema; culture and society in modern Japan; documentary film; researching diaspora. Level 3: Advanced video production; screen and script; work experience project; independent research project; globalisation and multiculturalism; the tv series: cops and docs on the box; the paradox of horror; understanding Japan; online cultures and presentation of the self; animation; The Beatles and the counter culture; telling the troubles. Media Arts Level 1: Introduction to film and television; media, culture, and society; media and popular culture in Ireland; introduction to journalism; media, sport and culture. Level 2: In the second year, students have more choice and can 'build' their own portfolio of courses to suit their interests and career ambitions; we offer practical media courses that focus on developing their creative production skills and a number of other pathways in film and television, media technologies, popular culture and journalism; most students take at least two of the following practical modules: tv studio practice; radio production; video production; website design; the image and visual culture; media thinkers; researching the media; work experience; crime and the media; music, technology and the media; gender and sexuality on film; documentary film; motion graphics; representing race, culture and difference; magazine production. Level 3: In the final year, students can specialise in practical production work and undertake their own research project; modules available include: advanced video production; advanced radio production; advanced tv production; advanced web production; advanced digital imaging; online journalism; sports journalism; media research project; media, technology and citizenship; world cinema; telling the troubles (media representations of the conflict in northern Ireland); screen issues; media, war and conflict.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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