Stirling is top in Scotland for Communication and Media Studies in the Complete University Guide for 2014, also top in Scotland in the Guardian University Guide 2014 for Media Studies, Communications and Librarianship.
How do the media work in different European contexts? How might in-depth knowledge of a European language and media allow students to take full advantage of the shared space of the European Union? This unique BA Honours degree course offers students a flexible range of subjects and skills, combining the study of Film and Media in the British and European context with mastery of a European language (French or Spanish).
You'll gain critical knowledge of the media in the UK and EU, as well as a grounding in classic and contemporary European cinema. You also gain a high level of practical skills in oral and written communication (in English and your chosen European language), and valuable IT skills, through multimedia using state-of-the-art facilities.
This course allows students to combine study of European film and media with study of a European language.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,555.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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You have a variety of options. You may opt to specialise in Media or in Film Studies, choosing from a wide array of advanced option modules. You can study French or Spanish, starting after a Higher or A-level, or as a beginner.
You will take a combination of the following modules:
You will continue the study of French or Spanish and choose from a range of module options in Modern Languages and Film and Media (listed below). In Semester 4 all students also take the module Transnational Identities, which examines issues such as globalisation, immigration, national and regional identity in a range of films. Semester 6 is spent studying at an approved French or Spanish speaking university.
Advanced (level 10) options are chosen from modules such as:
Assessment is continuous, and you will submit coursework as well as sitting exams. There is also a component of group work and group assessment, which enables you to develop teamwork skills.
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
In the first two years, students take a language (three contact hours per week), a European cinema module (two contact hours per week) and a module in Communications, Media and Culture (two hours per week). At Honours level, students have roughly two contact hours per week in each subject (approximately six in total).
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
1st in Scotland for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise)
1st in Scotland for Communications & Media (The Guardian University Guide, 2011, and The Independent Complete University Guide, 2011)
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You may spend an optional year in France or Spain as a language assistant between Years 2 and 3 of the programme on an approved placement, in addition to Semester 6 spent at an approved French or Spanish university.
Staff on the course have international reputations in the fields of cinema and cultural studies, and have close connections with researchers and practitioners in academia, television and radio production, and film production and exhibition.
Staff teaching on the course have particular strengths in Scottish film and media, European Cinema and media, transnational cinema and media, new media, postcolonial cinema, and queer cinema.
Professor Elizabeth Ezra has published widely on cinema and culture, including books on European cinema, transnational cinema, early cinema, and French colonial/postcolonial film and culture. She sits on the editorial and advisory boards of several academic journals, and is co-director of Stirling’s MLitt Film Studies, which is jointly taught with Communication, Media and Culture.
The attractive combination of skills developed by this course is highly sought after by employers both in the UK and abroad. Further, you will gain a network of European contacts that you can put to use in your future career. This course is a gateway to a wide variety of careers in publishing, academia, journalism, television, radio and film production, translating or law, administration and management, advertising and public relations.