University of Nottingham Malaysia

International Communication Studies with Film and Television Studies BA (Hons)

     
  

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Qualification: BA (Hons)
Fees: Malaysian – RM36,000 per year, Non-Malaysian – RM42,000 per year
Mode: Full-time, 3 years
Intake: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

You will study a range of core compulsory modules in all years to give you a thorough grounding in international media and communications. You will also take additional compulsory or optional modules from within the school orfaculty, with English language and literature students and film and television studies students having compulsory modules relevant to their specific areas of study. 

A unique aspect of our degree programmes is the compulsory language component, where you will learn a new modern language – either French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish. You will graduate with a high level of spoken and written fluency in your chosen language,improving not only your grasp of another language and culture, but also dramatically enhancing your employability in the globally competitive job market. 

You may also apply for a range of summer internships within the Malaysian and international media and communication industry throughout your degree. This internship programme is facilitated by our staff’s range of industry connections as well as staff in our schools in the UK and China. You will also have the chance to apply for mobility exchanges to the UK or China Campuses in your second and third years of study.

Entry requirements

Our Foundation course route

Our Foundation courses give you another way to study for an undergraduate degree. 


Entry requirements
A Level BBC, excluding critical thinking and general studies
IB Diploma  28 points with 5,5,4 at Higher Level
STPM  B+B+B, excluding Pengajian Am
UEC  1 A and 4 B3s, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language
SAM or other Australian matriculations  ATAR 82 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)
Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

80% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University's requirements

Advance Placement (AP) 4,4,3 in relevant subjects. Applicants taking non-preferred subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level
Diploma - Other Institutions  Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.3 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme
Foundation - Other Institutions Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 65% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme
University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation  Successful completion of the Foundation in Arts and Education or Business and Management programme

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

English language requirements
IELTS (Academic):  6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT):  87 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements)

GCE A Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C  

GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C 
PTE (Academic): 62 (with no less than 55 in each element)
SPM:  grade A-
1119 (GCE-O Level): grade B
GCSE O Level:  grade C

IGCSE (first language):  

grade C 

IGCSE (second language):  

grade B  
MUET: Band 4
UEC:  grade A2
IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher Level): 4 points 
IB English B (Higher Level):  4 points 
IB English B (Standard Level): 5 points 
IELTS ,TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

Foundation

The Foundation in Arts and Education is a 1+3 year programme that results in direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This rigorous programme provides students with a strong academic background that will result in enhanced language, communication, critical thinking and study skills.

Students on this programme also chose from a range of elective modules that provide the opportunity to sample topics related to their chosen undergraduate pathway such as politics, the world economy, media and education.

Modules

Year one

Typical core modules 

Beginners French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish (full year)

Students will learn and practise the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing together with basic grammatical structures. This will enable them to manipulate the language and participate effectively in everyday social situations. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Pronunciation.
  • Standard spelling.
  • Ab initio syntax.
  • Ab initio sentence semantics.
  • Gist comprehension and more detailed reconstruction of audio material.
  • Basic oral skills. 
  • Intellectual skills. 
Culture and Society
  • To familiarise students with the discipline of cultural studies and question the taken-grantedness of the ‘everyday’ in society.
  • To enable students to undertake basic cultural analysis.
  • To develop a critical understanding of key areas of culture and society.
  • To appreciate the relation between particular cultural phenomena and the representations of everyday life, and their broader context.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of culture and epistemological problems associated with archiving and representing the everyday. 
  • Key areas of contemporary culture.
Media and Communications Theory
  • To familiarise students with the interdisciplinary field of communications theory, including communication technologies.
  • To encourage students to discriminate between particular theoretical positions.
  • To enable students to analyse a range of communicative texts, acts and contexts and the impact of technology upon communications practice.
  • To enable students to reflect upon their own technologised communications practices. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • A broad knowledge of the terrain of communications theory as well as an understanding of the historical evolution and contemporary forms of information and communications technologies.
  • The theoretical equipment to deal with a wide range of communications situations.
  • A glossary of key terms, concepts and models relevant to the field of communications studies.
Producing Film and Television

By the end of the module, students should be able to: 

  • Identify and critically analyse key developments in film/television production in historical terms.
  • Understand and develop a chronological awareness of the series of significant transitional moments in production histories.
  • Gain skills to research production histories, including working with primary and secondary materials and evaluating different forms of evidence. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • The place and roles of film and television in everyday life both as industry and as cultural practice.
  • The political, economic and cultural contexts from which cinema and broadcast productions and institutional practices have emerged.
  • The role of technology in shaping the development of practices in film and television production, distribution and consumption.
  • The historical development of film and television as cultural and industrial practices.
  • The structures and dynamics governing the relationships between cinema, television and other cultural.
Reading Film and Television
  • To introduce students to the formal textual analysis of aspects of film and TV narrative.
  • To examine the roles and contribution of filmmakers to the filmmaking process.
  • To examine these issues and related debates through the study of individual films and television programmes. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • The political, economic and cultural contexts from which cinema and institutional practices have emerged.
  • The role of technology in shaping the development of practices in film production, distribution and consumption.
  • The wide range of film and television aesthetics, the way their judgment is constructed and their processes experienced. 

Typical optional module 

Global Music Studies

The module aims to introduce students to: 

  • A wide range of contexts and styles of music from around the world.
  • Facilitate the development of critical skills for the analysis of diverse musical practices.
  • Give students an introductory grounding in the terms, concepts, and principal debates in the fields of ethnomusicology and popular music studies.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Awareness of cultural differences and of ethnomusicological approaches to the study of other cultures.
  • Development of critical perspectives on the meanings of musics in different cultures.
  • Introduction to a diverse range of music cultures.
  • Ability to situate one’s own musical experience(s) in global contexts.
  • Awareness of debates surrounding the term ‘World Music’. 
  • Development of a critical understanding of the key issues in Anglophone and Asian popular musics.

 

Year two

Typical core modules 

Film and TV in Social and Cultural Context
  • To extend students’ awareness of the meanings of film and television texts by considering their relationships to a range of historical contexts. 
  • To demonstrate the contested nature of media practices by considering specific struggles over values and meanings.
  • To introduce students to the ways and means of studying the social and historical significance of film and television through the use of primary and secondary materials and readings. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • An awareness of the practice of studying the social and cultural meanings of films and television programmes.
  • An ability to analyse historically the relationship of film and television texts to their varying contexts.
  • To work with primary and secondary materials and readings.
Intermediate French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish (full year) 

The overall aim of the module is to develop further competence in the language by improving the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing. Students will continue to develop their awareness of autonomy in language learning under the guidance of their language tutor. Teaching is communicative with regular opportunities for pair- and group- work. Emphasis is placed on oral and aural skills, making full use of multi-modal resources available. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • The language structure at post- beginner level.
  • More complex grammatical structures through the study of a broader range of topic areas across the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Music in Film
To provide an overview of film-music history, and explore analytical and aesthetic issues associated with the medium. 

Learning outcomes: 

This module will provide students with:

  • A broad knowledge of the terrain of film music as well as an understanding of the historical evolution, and aesthetic and technical issues of the use of music in films.
  • A glossary of key terms, concepts and models relevant to the fields of music and film studies.
  • Awareness of historical, commercial and social factors in the entertainment industry. 
Political Communication, Public Relations And Propaganda
  • To familiarise students with the history of political communication and public relations.
  • To enable students to spot ‘spin’ and propaganda.
  • To enable students to understand the links between public relations, politics and the exercise of power in liberal democracies.

Learning outcomes: 

  • An understanding of the historical evolution and contemporary forms of public relations and news management techniques.
  • A knowledge of the theoretical debates around the ideological effects of public relations and propaganda campaigns.
  • An appreciation of the overt and covert information strategies employed by politicians.
Reading Chinese and Japanese Literature 1
  • To provide an introduction to modern Chinese and Japanese literary works.
  • To increase understanding of Chinese and Japanese literature and cultural background, society and people in which the chosen authors worked.
  • To develop the skills to identify and examine key themes or issues of the period in relation to the literary works studied.
  • To develop the skills to effectively compare Chinese and Japanese literary works.
  • To develop further the skills of the target language.
  • To develop further the skills needed for close reading and textual analysis.
  • To develop further the skills needed for research and presentation. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Knowledge and awareness of the cultural, historical and political contexts appropriate to Chinese and Japanese culture.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the key features of literary works produced by the selected authors.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the authors and their work in relation to their literary and cultural context.
  • Knowledge on the comparison of Chinese and Japanese literary works.   
Researching Culture, Film And Media (full year)
  • To familiarise students with the wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge production.
  • To encourage students to make informed decisions regarding the appropriateness of particular methodological approaches to concrete communications contexts.
  • To enable students to identify, plan, and carry out a communications research topic of their own choosing.

Learning outcomes: 

  • An understanding of the varied and interdisciplinary methods used in cultural research.
  • An appreciation of the distinction between qualitative and quantitative methods and the uncertainties and limits of particular methodologies and theoretical approaches.
  • An awareness of the implications of technological, discursive and generic mediation upon communication processes.
  • An appreciation of the importance of audiences and contexts to the understanding of communications processes.
  • An understanding of the pragmatics of research processes.

Plus one literature and one linguistics module from the School of English

Typical optional modules 

Community Interpreting
  • To help students acquire language interpreting skills appropriate to the context of community interpreting.
  • To review and identify examples of good interpreting practice, and to encourage students to demonstrate extended competence in both languages.
  • To encourage students to reach their own decisions about dilemmas and challenges encountered while interpreting a foreign language.
  • To explore the main linguistic and cultural issues associated with the profession of liaison interpreter.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of linguistic, textual and cultural issues relating to interpreting.
  • Use different techniques to resolve interpreting difficulties.
  • Have developed a reasonable range of specialised vocabulary used in the process of interpreting.
  • Have developed a wide comprehension of sophisticated written and spoken language.
Cultural Politics
  • To familiarise students with the ethical and political dimensions of cultural and critical theory.
  • To encourage students to make politicised decisions regarding the appropriateness of particular theoretical approaches to concrete situations.
  • To enable students to analyse the complex cultural politics of their own everyday lives.   

Learning outcomes: 

  • A broad knowledge of the terrain of cultural politics.
  • Theoretical techniques for the analysis of cultural forms and practices with an awareness of their political impact.
  • Knowledge of the forms taken by power relationships within culture.
  • Aan appreciation of the processes by which power/ideology enters our lives and affects everyday experience. 
Introduction to Translation
  • To help students acquire translation skills appropriate to a variety of types of general texts, and to develop awareness of the main socio-linguistic and cultural issues associated with the job.
  • To review and identify examples of good translation practice, and to encourage students to demonstrate extended competence in both languages.
  • To encourage students to reach their own decisions about the most convenient translations methods and choice of words. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of linguistic, textual and cultural issues relating to translation.
  • Use different techniques to resolve translation difficulties.
  • Critically analyse the source text.have developed a reasonable range of specialised vocabulary used in the process of translation.
  • Demonstrate some knowledge of the variety of translation approaches appropriate to a range of texts.
  • Have developed a wide comprehension of sophisticated written and spoken language.

Year three 

Typical core modules  

Advanced French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish  (full year)
The overall aim of the module is to consolidate and extend students’ competence to an intermediate level in the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing. Special emphasis will be placed on developing more sophisticated oral and written skills. Students will continue to develop their awareness of autonomy in language learning under the guidance of their language tutor. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • The language structure at intermediate level.
  • More complex grammatical structures through the study of a broader range of topic areas across the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. 
Cultural, Film and Media Dissertation (full year)
  • To give students the opportunity to develop a critical argument within a sustained piece of writing, extending research competence through the gathering, organising and processing of primary and secondary materials.
  • To teach skills of planning, developing and presenting project-based work, paying attention to issues of research methodology and to the critical apparatus that supports scholarly work. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Close understanding both of the chosen subject and of its related field of study.
  • Familiarity with an appropriate range of secondary literature.
Digital Communication and Media
  • To provide a sound breadth and depth of knowledge of a broad range of contemporary digital communication and media.
  • To cultivate critical engagement with the different factors that have shaped and continue to shape the development of digital communication and associated media cultures.
  • To develop analytical and conceptual skills in both oral and written engagement with digital communication and media contexts from cultural, political, economic, technical and regulatory perspectives.
  • To advance students' familiarity with key debates and discourses in the field of digital communication and related media cultures.
  • To convey the skills required to carry out analysis of digital texts in their social, cultural, political and technological contexts at an advanced level.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and robust critical understanding of the numerous contexts within which digital communication and media are applied.
  • Knowledge and critical understanding of the historical contexts of digital communication and media, how these have evolved, and continue to evolve.
  • Ability to assess the wider impact of the constantly evolving digital communication and media contexts including the emergence of new modes of interactive forms and practices.
  • Show a good awareness of key scholarship and other significant discourses and how they inform the study of digital communication and media and their relationship to various social, economic and cultural practices.
Documentary Film and Documentary Practice
  • To explore and define the field of documentary film and its key theoretical frameworks and its use in the field of ethnography. 
  • To deploy such theory to explore and critically analyse a range of documentary film texts. 
  • To equip students with the means to critically analyse documentary film in terms of the politics of representation, ethics and truth claims. 

Learning outcomes:  

  • Understand different critical approaches to documentary film.
  • Analyse the issues of context, narrative, framing, and representation that shape the documentary as a factual media form.
Gender, Sexuality and Media
  • The purpose of the module is to familiarise students with key concepts, theories and debates in feminist media studies and queer media studies.
  • To encourage students to discriminate between particular theoretical and political positions in feminism and queer theory. 
  • To enable students to analyse a range of media and cultural texts, contexts and practices through the perspectives of feminism and queer theory. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Knowledge of concepts.
  • Theories and debates on gender and sexuality.
  • Understanding of the ways in which media and popular culture are shaped by, and at the same time shape gender and sexual norms, practices and identities.
  • Understanding of the political potential of the media engagement with issues of gender and sexuality.
  • Students will be able to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate representations of gender and sexuality in media and popular culture; and draw on the industrial context of media and reflect on its impacts. 
Media and Conflict
           
Southeast Asian Film
  • To broaden your knowledge of the specific histories of cinema, film production and culture in the countries studied. 
  • To explore and define key theoretical frameworks relating to cinema.
  • To examine the relevance of such frameworks to new geographical and social contexts. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Demonstrate understanding of the varied functions of film (as ideological/political, as social representation, as part of the culture industry or as national or as artistic expression).
  • Think, write and argue with key concepts of film form, genre, themes and theories in an applied fashion to the films from the region.
  • Reflect on and discuss your own learning as it relates to the course subject matter.
  • Comprehend and synthesize main ideas from the readings
Writing for the Media

This module aims to: 

  • develop skills to write for the media.
  • Equip students with the necessary knowledge of writing with clarity and coherence and with responsibility.
  • Developing students’ skills and methods in researching and gathering information. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • The module will be taught through a combination of interactive lectures and workshops. By the end of the module, students will be able to put together a news report, researching and writing a feature article. You will explore the differences and similarities between writing for a newspaper and writing for a radio or TV news program. This module will help you understand the legal and ethical framework in which journalists must operate.

Careers

An international communications degree is your passport to a variety of rewarding professions. Likely career fields include: the audio-visual, digital 
and print media industries; marketing; production; public relations; and research.

Career paths in these fields include advertising account executives, copywriters and creative roles, news editors, journalists and reporters. 
Other career options include:arts or heritage administration and management; the civilservice, diplomatic or embassy work and government service; non-governmental organisations, politics and think-tanks; and consultancy, human resources, management and recruitment within the international business environment. 

Graduates with a passion for language can pursue interpreting, publishing and translation roles and others may continue their studies and pursue research and/or teaching.

Contact

School of Media, Languages and Cultures
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Malaysia
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8693  
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