St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Studying English literature and language is a way of engaging with the world; with history, philosophy, culture and the mind. Students will discover that the multiple contexts of literature expand as they read through an undergraduate degree. The critical writing that is so much a part of an English programme trains students to evaluate diverse forms of argument and evidence, a difficult skill greatly valued in a wide range of career pathways. 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

English Level 1: The programme opens with an introduction to university level literary and language studies, which provides a foundation for the rest of the courses; most of level 1 is core, but optional courses typically include: children and language; contemporary poetry; contemporary fiction. Level 2: The range of optional courses increases, complementing the core studies of literature and language; courses on offer typically include: approaches to Shakespeare; history of the English language; creative writing: fiction and drama; romanticism; women and society in the 19th century novel; 18th century London: writing the metropolis; romanticism; identity and desire in renaissance poetry; second language acquisition; writing London. Level 3: Options increasingly broaden the areas of main study, and students may write a dissertation on a subject of their own choosing; courses include: modernism in English literature; American literature; literature of the first world war; Bob Dylan; creative writing: life writing; language and society; stylistics; 20th century literature; dissertation; philosophy and literature. 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 BBBB
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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£4,410 - £5,783
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation