Media and popular culture have always been an important part of people’s lives, but with the advent of the internet and social media apps available 24/7, many of us now couldn’t live without them. We’ll look at the rich array of media forms that make up so much of our culture, to help you understand their place in society. From the mass media of film and TV to social platforms, we’ll explore a wide range of media texts. We’ll also look at their significance in terms of the nation’s cultural history. You could get involved in a range of political and sociological debates on your course too. We might look at fandom and subcultures, identity politics, gender, sexuality and ethnicity, or other fundamental questions that are raised by mankind’s ongoing fascination with the media. The course offers you a choice of different topics to study and explore. For instance you could choose to go down a practical route, looking at subjects like journalism technologies or magazine design and production. Alternatively you might prefer more theoretical modules like our introduction to PR. You could also choose film studies, to look at some of the world’s most essential movies, as well as international cinema and contemporary film. You can pick and choose the modules you like to tailor your studies to your interests. You’ll also have the chance to combine all the theory we learn with practical work in media. We offer modules in documentary filmmaking, radio production and journalistic writing. In your final year, you’ll be able to go on a work placement with an external business, such as a newspaper, broadcaster or production company. Plus we’ll get you researching and writing a dissertation on the aspect of your studies that most fascinates you.