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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Course overview

International Communications with Film and Television studies immerses students in the techniques, strategies and theories that drive movies and television globally. Hands on experience is a key component of this course, facilitating and pushing students to master what they’re learning through practice and reflection. Modules focus on the analysis, history, and cultural-political context of cinema and television; most also include at least one production assessment, where students create, film, and edit scenes in various styles and approaches. In the Documentary Approaches and Documentary Practice module in the third year, the final project involves short documentaries produced by groups of students who work together while learning to specialize in camera, directing, sound, or editing. A deep understanding of the “nuts and bolts” of media in both theory and practice gives students a hand up not only in the fields of advertising, content creation, criticism and beyond. It also offers those pursuing careers in film and television production a unique skill set that exceeds the scope of traditional filmmaking programs. Our facilities include up-to-date digital cinema cameras and accessories. Our Digital Media Lab provides an excellent post-production environment for students doing module assignments and practical exercises including filmmaking, audio and podcasting. We also offer students workshops for in-demand skills such as editing, sound mixing and colour grading.

Why choose this course?

Of all the ICS majors, Film and Television studies has the strongest combination of theory and practice. It therefore offers students a greater flexibility in their skill sets, applicable to various areas of local and transnational media industries, including the fields film and television writing, production, and postproduction. With a broad background in cultural, social and political approaches to a variety of objects of study, however, Film and TV-stream students are not limited to media-related jobs. They choose a language and take all ICS core courses, and can thus apply their critical thinking and practical experience to numerous areas of the global economy such as non-governmental or activist organizations, journalism, diplomacy, and advanced scholarship


Core Modules

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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