BA Cultural and Media Studies
This information is for 2019 entry only. Information for 2018 entry.
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This interdisciplinary course allows you to explore cultural and media practices, institutions and histories across multiple subject areas, including literature, sociology, philosophy, film and media. You'll learn to analyse images, texts, technologies and cultural practices in order to develop your understanding of a range of complex issues. You will be encouraged to develop a critical perspective on major challenges facing us in the globalising world today.
Through compulsory modules you'll be introduced to ways of analysing a range of different texts, including photographs, paintings, buildings, poems and advertisements. You will also choose from a wide range of optional modules which will give you the chance to examine issues such as: conflict and its cultural mediation, migration and multiculturalism; social activism and the possibility of utopian change; past and future technologies and their impact on our bodies and minds; ecology and our relation to other life forms; global communication networks and their impact on social relations.
Using the skills and methods developed through the course, you will become a flexible and engaged reader of a wide range of cultural materials and practices. You'll develop your cultural understanding of gender, race, class, sexuality and the postcolonial world. You will work alongside staff and students who not only theorise about cultural artefacts but also make them.
The University has a variety of resources to support your learning and research. There is a wide range of museum collections and galleries on campus such as The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. Project Space, a multi-purpose space designed for the development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions, sits at the core of the School’s building.
The M&S Company Archive is based on campus and includes documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer’s history. We work closely with many different museums, archives, and cultural organisations in the region.
In year 1, you'll gain the fundamental skills and knowledge for analysing and interpreting cultural and media practices. Compulsory modules will introduce key theories and critical approaches, and examine some of the major factors that have shaped the contemporary world, such as technology, revolution, war, colonisation, and media.
In year 2, a compulsory module deepens your understanding of key theoretical concepts in the study of culture, media and society. A range of optional modules will give you the chance to focus on topics that particularly interest you, including visual culture in Asia, cinema and culture, the politics of utopia, and issues of the body, power, race and gender, as well as the challenges of studying media and communication.
In your final year, you’ll apply your research and critical skills to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice. You will complement and support this research with a compulsory module and optional modules. You can choose to extend your dissertation to go into even greater depth; if you do this, you’ll take fewer optional modules.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Introduction to Cultural Analysis 1 20 credits
- Introduction to Cultural Analysis II 20 credits
- Cultural History 20 credits
- Cinema and Media History 20 credits
- Studying Media 20 credits
- Studying in a Digital Age (Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies) 5 credits
- Keywords 20 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from the expertise of your tutors. These will include lectures, seminars, screenings, tutorials, workshops and field visits. You’ll also be able to attend talks by visiting artists and speakers, as well as workshops, conferences, exhibitions and other events.
Independent study is also crucial to the degree, allowing you to develop important critical and research skills and to form your own ideas.
You’ll be assessed using a variety of methods, allowing you to build different skills. Usually these will include essays, exams and module presentations, as well as small-scale research projects and your dissertation.
This Cultural and Media Studies degree will equip you with important skills in communication, analysis, presentations and research as well as critical, visual and cultural awareness. All of these qualities are valuable in diverse careers across a wide range of industries and roles such as the media, journalism, cultural and creative industries, education, politics, NGOs and the public sector.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
Some recent examples include placements at Harewood House, the Cultural Institute, Urban Outfitters, Tigerprint, Leeds Museums and Galleries, Pyramid of Arts and Hang-Up Gallery.