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BA (Hons) Media Studies BA (Hons) Media Studies

Media Studies has never been more relevant or stimulating. We live, work, play, and communicate with each other in a world saturated by media.

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Rob Coley - Programme Leader

Rob Coley - Programme Leader

Rob Coley is programme leader for BA (Hons) Media Studies. He is coauthor (with LSFM colleague Dean Lockwood) of 'Cloud Time: The Inception of the Future' (Zero, 2012), 'Photography in the Middle: Dispatches on Media Ecologies' and 'Aesthetics' (Punctum, 2016), and editor of a special 'drone culture' edition of the journal Culture Machine. Individually, his work has been published in journals including Theory, Culture and Society, Cultural Politics, Philosophy of Photography, and Journal of Popular Television.

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Media Studies

BA (Hons) Media Studies enables students to explore the transformative role of 21st Century media in today's digital society, and develop critical and creative skills relevant to this new world.

Media studies has never been more relevant or stimulating. Digital, networked media now form a ubiquitous and inextricable part of our everyday lives, holding an unprecedented power to drive opinions, debates, and movements. We live, work, play, and communicate with each other in a world saturated by media.

This programme engages critically and speculatively with the full depth and breadth of 21st Century media. This includes everyday devices like smartphones and computers (and the various platforms accessible by them, including social media and games), through to more traditional media such as film and television (and the ways in which they have been transformed by digital processes like streaming).

Today, these technologies are so entangled with our economic, social, cultural, psychological, technical, and environmental realms that basic skills now include not only reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also knowledge of, and competency in, media and communication.

The Lincoln School of Film and Media is home to a creative community of ambitious students, experienced staff and researchers, and inspiring visiting speakers.

Welcome to BA (Hons) Media Studies

BA (Hons) Media Studies enables students to explore the transformative role of 21st Century media in today's digital society, and develop critical and creative skills relevant to this new world.

Media studies has never been more relevant or stimulating. Digital, networked media now form a ubiquitous and inextricable part of our everyday lives, holding an unprecedented power to drive opinions, debates, and movements. We live, work, play, and communicate with each other in a world saturated by media.

This programme engages critically and speculatively with the full depth and breadth of 21st Century media. This includes everyday devices like smartphones and computers (and the various platforms accessible by them, including social media and games), through to more traditional media such as film and television (and the ways in which they have been transformed by digital processes like streaming).

Today, these technologies are so entangled with our economic, social, cultural, psychological, technical, and environmental realms that basic skills now include not only reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also knowledge of, and competency in, media and communication.

The Lincoln School of Film and Media is home to a creative community of ambitious students, experienced staff and researchers, and inspiring visiting speakers.

How You Study

Media Studies at Lincoln blends the study of media theory with practical application. It places an emphasis on critical thinking and creativity. Teaching and learning activities can include written and audio-visual essays, contributions to group blogs, participation in student symposia, and a portfolio of practice-based work.

The first-year modules introduce seminal perspectives and new directions in media studies, where students can develop an understanding of the fields changing priorities and the new skills these advances demand. This is taken further in the second year, with modules focusing on the themes of visuality and aesthetics, digital and auditory cultures, and the logics and practices of gaming.

In the third year, students are able to embark on a major independent research project. They can develop a creative portfolio, and engage in advanced studies of the political and philosophical contexts of contemporary media. At the end of this final year, all students across The Lincoln School of Film and Media can celebrate with a major degree show of their work.

Teaching and learning activities on this programme can include written and audiovisual essays, contributions to group blogs, participation in student symposia, screenings, reading groups, and a portfolio of practice-based work.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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How You Study

Media Studies at Lincoln blends the study of media theory with practical application. It places an emphasis on critical thinking and creativity. Teaching and learning activities can include written and audio-visual essays, contributions to group blogs, participation in student symposia, and a portfolio of practice-based work.

The first-year modules introduce seminal perspectives and new directions in media studies, where students can develop an understanding of the fields changing priorities and the new skills these advances demand. This is taken further in the second year, with modules focusing on the themes of visuality and aesthetics, digital and auditory cultures, and the logics and practices of gaming.

In the third year, students are able to embark on a major independent research project. They can develop a creative portfolio, and engage in advanced studies of the political and philosophical contexts of contemporary media. At the end of this final year, all students across The Lincoln School of Film and Media can celebrate with a major degree show of their work.

Teaching and learning activities on this programme can include written and audiovisual essays, contributions to group blogs, participation in student symposia, screenings, reading groups, and a portfolio of practice-based work.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

Information for Offer Holders Joining Us in Autumn 2021

Letter from Head of School of Film and Media

We are delighted you are interested in joining us at the University of Lincoln and I am writing to let you know about our planning for the new academic year. You currently have an offer of a place at the University and we want to keep you updated so you can start preparing for your future, should you be successful in meeting any outstanding conditions of your offer.

We fully intend your experience with us at Lincoln will be engaging, supportive and academically challenging. We are determined to provide our students with a safe and exciting campus experience, ensuring you benefit from the best that both face-to-face and online teaching offer. We have kept our focus on friendliness and community spirit at Lincoln and we look forward to your participation in that community.

As you know, the UK Government has published its roadmap for the easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England. There are still some uncertainties for universities around possible restrictions for the next academic year, particularly in relation to social distancing in large group teaching. We are planning in line with government guidance for both face-to-face and online teaching to ensure you have a good campus experience and can complete all the requirements for your programme. We are fully prepared to adapt and flex our plans if changes in government regulations make this necessary during the year.

Face-to-face teaching and interaction with tutors and course mates are key to students’ learning and the broader student experience. Face-to-face sessions will be prioritised where it is most valuable, particularly for seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical and studio sessions. Students tell us that there are real benefits to some elements of online learning within a blended approach, such as revisiting recorded materials and developing new digital skills and confidence. At Lincoln we aim to take forward the best aspects of both.

This letter sets out in detail various aspects of the planned experience at Lincoln for your chosen subject area, and we hope the information is helpful as you plan for your future.

Teaching and Learning

Your programme will follow an on-campus, blended-learning model. This will involve a range of different learning styles where you will be able to engage with your tutors and peers in physical and virtual environments.

We are planning the majority of your teaching to be delivered face to face. This means that you will be on campus for sessions like seminars, tutorials, workshops, and studio classes. We will also be using the benefits of online learning and teaching, particularly for large lectures, which may be delivered as live sessions in which you can interact with others, and/or recorded sessions that you can access whenever you want.

Our efforts to develop your employability within and outside of the curriculum will remain a key focus during your time at Lincoln. As your course progresses, you will be assessed in various ways, including coursework and examinations which may be online. Any group assessments taking place in studios will be run safely within government guidance.

The spaces on campus where your teaching will take place (e.g. software suites, studios and workshop spaces) will be managed in ways that maximise your learning experience while also safeguarding your health and wellbeing in line with the latest Government guidance. If you are carrying out work off-campus then this will go ahead in line with government guidance.

Should a change in Government guidance require a return to lockdown, we are ready to move fully online for the required period. We did this twice last year and managed to successfully deliver our curriculum and maintain our sense of community. Any changes of this kind will be communicated by email from myself and/or the university.

To complete your assignments, you will need a laptop or desktop computer capable of running certain software, details of which will be provided by your programme team as part of your Welcome Pack. For programmes that require it, we will provide an Adobe Creative Cloud license so that you can access this software at the start of your studies. All students will be provided with full access to Microsoft Office 365.

To support you in your studies, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor – a member of academic staff who is your designated ‘go to’ person for advice and support, both pastoral and academic. You will meet with them regularly in person and/or online. It is important to remember that independent learning is an essential aspect of your programme. Guided reading and other independent engagement remain key to performing well in your studies.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you on campus in October for your induction events and supporting you as you embark on this new and exciting chapter in your life.  

The University Campus

We are very proud of our beautiful and vibrant campuses at the University of Lincoln and we have used our extensive indoor and outdoor spaces to provide students with access to study and social areas as well as learning resources and facilities, adapting them where necessary in line with government guidance. All the mitigations and safety measures you would expect are in place on our campuses (at Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach), such as hand sanitisers, one-way systems, and other social distancing measures where these are required.

Student Wellbeing and Support

The University’s Student Wellbeing Centre and Student Support Centre are fully open for face-to-face and online support. Should you, as one of our applicants, have any questions about coming to Lincoln in October or any other concerns, these specialist teams are here for you. You can contact Student Wellbeing and the Student Support Centre by visiting https://studentservices.lincoln.ac.uk where service details and contact information are available, or if you are in Lincoln you can make an appointment to meet a member of the team.

To enable you to make the most out of your experience in Lincoln and to help you access course materials and other services, we recommend that you have a desktop, laptop or tablet device available during your studies. This will enable you to engage easily with our online learning platforms from your student accommodation or from home. Students can use IT equipment on campus in the Library, our learning lounges, and specialist academic areas; however, there may not always be a space free when you have a timetabled session or an assessment to complete which is why we recommend you have your own device too, if possible. If you are struggling to access IT equipment or reliable internet services, please contact ICT for technical support and Student Support who can assist you with further advice and information.

We are committed to providing you with the best possible start to university life and to helping you to prepare for your time with us. As part of this commitment, you can access our Student Life pre-arrival online support package. This collection of digital resources, advice and helpful tips created by current students is designed to help you prepare for the all-important first steps into higher education, enabling you to learn within a supportive community and to make the most of the new opportunities that the University of Lincoln provides. When you are ready, you can begin by going to studentlife.lincoln.ac.uk/starting.

Students’ Union

Your Students’ Union is here to make sure that you get the most from every aspect of your student experience. They will be providing a huge range of in-person and virtual events and opportunities - you are sure to find something perfect for you! Meet people and find a new hobby by joining one of their 150 sports teams and societies. Grab lunch between teaching or a drink with friends in The Swan, Towers or The Barge. Learn new skills and boost your CV by taking part in training courses and volunteering opportunities in your spare time. Grab a bike from the Cycle Hire and explore the city you will be calling home.

To start off the new academic year, your Students’ Union will be bringing you The Official Lincoln Freshers Week 2021, with a huge line-up of social events, club nights, fayres and activities for you enjoy (restrictions permitting). Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/lincolnfreshers21 for line-up and ticket updates, so you don’t miss out.

Most importantly, your Students’ Union will always be there for you when you need it most; making sure that your voice as a student is always heard. The SU Advice Centre can provide independent advice and support on housing, finance, welfare and academic issues. As well as this, your Course Representatives are always on hand to make sure that you are getting the best from your academic experience. To find out more about the Students’ Union’s events, opportunities, support and how to get in contact go to: www.lincolnsu.com.

Student Accommodation

Many applicants will choose to live in dedicated student accommodation on, or close to, campus and you may well have already booked your student residence for the upcoming year. All University-managed student accommodation will have our Residential Wardens in place. Residential Wardens are here to help you settle into your new accommodation and will be offering flatmate and residential support activities throughout the year. If you have booked University accommodation, you will have already heard from us with further details on where you will be living to help you prepare. If you have not yet booked your accommodation, we still have plenty of options available. In the meantime, lots of advice and information can be found on the accommodation pages of our website.

The information detailed in this letter will form part of your agreement with the University of Lincoln. If we do not hear from you to the contrary prior to enrolment, we will assume that you acknowledge and accept the information contained in this letter. Adaptations to how we work may have to be made in line with any future changes in government guidance, and we will communicate these with you as necessary. Please do review the University’s Admissions Terms and Conditions (in particular sections 8 and 9) and Student Complaints Procedure so you understand your rights and the agreement between the University and its students.

We very much hope this information is useful to help you plan for the next step in your academic journey, and we look forward to welcoming you here at Lincoln this Autumn. This is the start of a new phase and will be an exciting time for all of us. If you have any questions, please do email me at ksavage@lincoln.ac.uk.

Dr Karen Savage

Head of the School of Film and Media

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Contemporary Media Practice: 1 2022-23MDS1005MLevel 42022-23This module will introduce a range of core creative design and visual communication skills. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of these core skills by producing a portfolio of work that engages with topical issues and debates in visual digital cultures.CoreContemporary Media Practice: 2 2022-23MDS1006MLevel 42022-23In an era of democratized technology, distribution platforms and funding streams, contemporary media practitioners have opportunities to fund, produce and exhibit their work like no generation before them. This power must, though, be employed creatively - technological devolution demands multi-skilled practitioners. Accordingly, this module will introduce some core technical skills and practices that will enable students to engage creatively with the media culture of the 21st century. Here, the emphasis will be on principles of cinematography, editing, and sound design. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of these technical practices by producing a portfolio of work that responds to issues and debates surround contemporary media culture.CoreIntroduction to Digital Cultures 2022-23MDS1007MLevel 42022-23This module introduces students to a critical discussion of digital cultures and their social, political, historical, economic and material contexts. Divided into four sections, this module will extend and deepen students understandings of the digital worlds they inhabit. Digital (pre)histories introduces students to technical paradigms and technological developments that have been key to the formation of contemporary digital culture. Digital materialities explores the material basis of our seemingly immaterial digital worlds and its geo-political implications. Digital politics and labour considers the role of the digital in the world of work, as well as the digital as work. The final segment, Digital identities and societies considers the way in which identity and social life are thought of with and through the digital.CoreMedia Reading Group: 1 2022-23MDS1001MLevel 42022-23This module provides students with an introduction to some of the major works in critical theory credited with influencing the development of Media Studies as a discipline. In doing so, it supports students in developing academic skills in the close reading of primary sources and the writing of critical responses based on such readings skills that will underpin student work throughout the BA Media Studies programme. However, rather than cleave entirely to a familiar canon, this module begins to problematize the accepted boundaries of what constitutes media and remains reflexive in its engagement with established theories, concepts and debates. Students will explore the radical and experimental traditions of Media Studies in order to begin to map links between such energies and the media culture of the present.CoreMedia Reading Group: 2 2022-23MDS1002MLevel 42022-23Set in the context of a recurrent tension between old and new in digital culture, this module begins with the question of the digital, rather than approaching it in accordance with a familiar historical narrative. Here, students will develop the skills and methods introduced in Media Reading Group: 1, engaging in close reading and discussion of selected texts deemed to have made significant contribution to Media Studies in the 21st century. Students will be asked to consider what particular critical insight these texts might offer to our present circumstances, and how the theories, concepts and debates raised by these works might respond to the radical and experimental energies of the discipline.CoreMedia Theorizes Itself 2022-23MDS1008MLevel 42022-23As this module suggests, media increasingly theorizes itself in terms of both content and form. For example, media artefacts today frequently foreground their interfaces, or the structural and performative elements of storytelling. They often quite openly acknowledge their created status (laying bare the device, as this is sometimes expressed). If media tends to theorize itself today, Rombes has commented, then what is the role of the critic, of the academic? One strategy might be to come at the topic indirectly, from odd and unexpected angles, through a variety of objects and textswhose characteristics speak to our new era, where theory comes not from the academics, but from the very objects of academic critique.CoreMediated Truths 2022-23MDS1009MLevel 42022-23Following on from Media Theorizes Itself and Introduction to Digital Cultures, this module examines the contemporary media landscape as a site upon which truth is constructed, knowledge formed, and power entrenched. Asking how media studies might respond to the explosion of social media, participatory media, online video, etc., and in particular how this upsurge in post-broadcast media has brought to the fore the very question of what truth is, and how it might determined, the module seeks to interrogate how norms, values, power structures, and inequalities are both reflected and reproduced across a wide variety of media texts, considering the tangled web of lies, secrets, myths, conspiracies, and affects that saturate media content, and the ways in which these complicate traditional modes of textual analysis.CoreAuditory Culture 2023-24AUP2005MLevel 52023-24This module sets out to explore some of the ways in which we make, sense, and transform ourselves and our worlds through our sonic and auditory cultures. We will focus on a number of important phenomena in our consideration of sonic practices, ways of hearing and contemporary scholarship on the auditory dimensions of media. Designed to engage both Media Studies and Sound and Music Production students in their respective fields, we will move from discussions of sound in relation to the affective capacities of the body through discussion of audition in relation to space and place (focused through the concept of the soundscape). We will consider discussions of sound and technology and explore concepts and phenomena of noise and silence in sonic and musical experience. This module encourages collaborative research in the spirit of Student as Producer, the organizing principle of teaching and learning in the university.CoreContemporary Media Practice: 3 2023-24MDS2003MLevel 52023-24The convergence of traditional media processes, coupled with the ubiquity of mobile and networked technology, has brought forth a dynamic participatory culture that blurs established distinctions between production and consumption. Building on the experience of Contemporary Media Practice 1 and 2, in this module students will explore how these emerging forms of media practice can respond to some of the key critical debates in digital culture. Specifically, the module will see students working both individually and in partnership with others on a series of trans-media projects that in some way address key social, political and cultural concerns of the 21st century.CoreGames Cultures 2023-24MDS2009MLevel 52023-24Play is a ubiquitous activity, and games (in all their forms) have a long history and an influence that stretches beyond the game-space itself. In recent times, computers (and other trends within media and society) have lead to an exponential growth in the cultural, social and commercial importance of games, which have likewise become more sophisticated, becoming an important media form which has affected other media and culture generally. This critical studies theory module will aim to consider, evaluate and analyse the phenomena of games and game cultures in the 21st century.CoreResearching and Writing 2023-24MDS2007MLevel 52023-24This module teaches students how to research, plan, and write an undergraduate dissertation. Each session is dedicated to one stage of the planning, researching, and writing stage. We will look at how to formulate a research question, and how to narrow it down to a suitable project; we will explore research methods, focusing on the function on methodology in the context of a research; then, we will concentrate on the structure of a dissertation, and the particular features of all of its components. At the end of the module students will be aware of what is expected from their final dissertations, and will be equipped with the necessary tools to approach this task.CoreTechnologies, Bodies and Identities 2023-24MDS2008MLevel 52023-24This module explores the relationship between technologies, bodies, and identities in contemporary digital societies. Based on an understanding of the body as a site of power and resistance, it is concerned with the intersection of class, race, and gender, as affective and political experiences that contribute to the formation and negotiation of identities. Away from a simplistic notion of the body as a "natural given", we think through the body to challenge our understanding of culture and to access a series of key debates in media studies. This module seeks to interrogate the embodied and affective relationships that we have with and through new technologies, and to highlight their political and economic implications.CoreVisualizing the 21st Century 2023-24MDS2001MLevel 52023-24In the 21st century we no longer believe that a single unified world can be visualized from a privileged position. Any sense of distance from the world has collapsed. We are conscious of living in a time of continual change and transformation as opposed to a state of equilibrium. After all, the early 21st century has been marked by rising urbanism, the movements of people, the crisis of global warming, the dominance of ever more complex logistical networks, the emergence of new cultures of speed, experiments with new modes of warfare, etc. This is a confusing situation simultaneously liberating, exciting, anarchic and dangerous. We are traversed and overwhelmed by these affective forces. This innovative module, in which students collaborate to produce film essays, presents an opportunity to reassess aesthetic theories and practices our modes of visualizing - in order to confront the conditions of the present.CoreContemporary Media Practice: 3 (Placement Option) 2023-24MDS2004MLevel 52023-24OptionalHorror in Popular Culture 2023-24FTV2282MLevel 52023-24The module aims to introduce you to a range of conceptual and theoretical approaches to the study of horror in popular culture. It explores the history of the genre and selected subgenres as well as contemporary manifestations, both supernatural, and realist horror. The module looks at the horror genre in terms of various social, cultural and national contexts. Students can study psychoanalytical approaches to these fictions as well as approaches such as affect theory which attempt to go beyond psychoanalysis. Through lectures, screenings and discussions, students are encouraged to apply these approaches to the analysis of selected media texts and subgenres.OptionalMedia Arts 2023-24MDS2005MLevel 52023-24OptionalMedia Study Period Abroad 2023-24MED2016MLevel 52023-24The Minnesota State University Moorhead USA Exchange Programme is an optional module. As part of the three-year course, some students may study for the duration of the first term of the second year at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, USA. During the term abroad, students share classes and modules with local students. Not only can students live and socialise in another culture, providing opportunities to study their respective countries, they may also have an opportunity to examine US media industry practice through optional internships for exchange students. The Moorhead-Fargo twin cities may also offer practical opportunities for students to engage with USA production companies including NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, and Prairie Public TV, all of whom have local bases.OptionalPractices of Listening 2023-24AUP2003MLevel 52023-24A broad look at audio-culture from the twentieth century to the present, offering challenge and insight to Film & TV specialists. Vision is often privileged, resulting in a relative paucity of language for discussing sound. This problem is addressed, looking at texts from key theorists and practitioners, considering sound not in addition to vision, but independently, in music, radio, art and daily life.OptionalSociety, Aesthetics and Digital Media 2023-24MED2035MLevel 52023-24OptionalTransformations in Television Consumption 2023-24FTV2277MLevel 52023-24OptionalContemporary Media Practice: 4 2024-25MDS3006MLevel 62024-25This module extends an opportunity to students to comprehensively explore the inherent promise and challenge of designing for digital contexts and concerns (in all their social, economic and cultural complexity) without dismissing still pertinent issues relating to analogue forms. In this, it seeks to reinforce a research-engaged ethos which looks outwards to the world at large and acknowledges a diversity of interests. It will not rigidly prescribe specific themes for study but will encourage students to take responsibility and negotiate them with tutors.CoreMedia Speculations 2024-25MDS3005MLevel 62024-25Philosophical approaches have begun to contribute to the transformation of Media Studies. In this, we are not dealing simply with the crystallization and institution of a specialist philosophy of media, but rather the bringing together of the two disciplines into a mutually reinvigorating speculative encounter which allows a more expansive, more inclusive and more adventurous rethinking of both. This module, reflecting on the various turns in theory in recent years vital, affective, material, speculative, nonhuman - provides an opportunity to explore concepts and ideas which have emerged from within the ferment of this encounter from a range of exciting thinkers and theoretical perspectives.CoreMedia Studies Dissertation 2024-25MDS3003MLevel 62024-25The dissertation is the culmination of each students undergraduate investigation into the theories and debates surrounding practices of contemporary mediation. It takes the form of an extended essay.CorePower, Media, and Control 2024-25MDS3004MLevel 62024-25Is the founding principle of the internet freedom, as so many once thought, or is it, in fact, control? This module looks at the politics of digital culture and the new capitalism of networked information technologies. Power, it can be argued, has increasingly come to lie in code, in protocols and algorithm. A new logic of control, simultaneously operating in both centralized and dispersed modes, has replaced hierarchical systems of power. What are the implications of networks as the core organizational structure for contemporary media, culture and life?CoreBio-Media 2024-25MDS3007MLevel 62024-25This module provides an opportunity to explore the entanglements of human bodies with media devices and processes. With and through media technologies, we transform the body and our understanding of bodily life. Today, this has become so obvious that the distinction between ourselves, machines and other species has been rendered problematic. Some insist on the need to defend the body against the encroachment of media and cybernetic systems. But perhaps the body has always already been mediated? Seizing upon this problematic, theorists, artists and media practitioners have converged upon a preoccupation with speculation upon the present and future condition of the mediatized human body.OptionalEco-Media 2024-25MDS3001MLevel 62024-25This is an ecologically minded module, one that explores media and mediation in the context of contemporary environmental concerns. It foregrounds a variety of geo-centred attempts to rethink the materiality of media and emphasizes the radical consequences of such endeavours. Working collaboratively to produce audiovisual essays, students will explore how the material reality of mediation exposes us to spaces and times beyond human perception.OptionalHeroes and Villains in Film 2024-25FTV3017MLevel 62024-25OptionalLiterature, Film and Gender 2024-25ENL3005MLevel 62024-25OptionalMedia Archaeologies 2024-25MDS3009MLevel 62024-25When studying contemporary media, the rapid pace of technological change can pose a problem for those of us hoping to find some clarity or surety within a dense and often overwhelming media landscape. To study the media of today effectively, therefore, we must also look to the media of the past. In this module, we will accordingly unearth various examples of forgotten, neglected, or underappreciated pre-twentieth century media, discovering how concepts, problems, and debates that still define the discourse surrounding media design and usage today have their origins in much older technological systems, whilst simultaneously challenging the assumptions that have underpinned traditional histories of media.OptionalTelevision Crime Drama 2024-25FTV3013MLevel 62024-25Optional

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Contemporary Media Practice: 1 2021-22MDS1005MLevel 42021-22This module will introduce a range of core creative design and visual communication skills. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of these core skills by producing a portfolio of work that engages with topical issues and debates in visual digital cultures.CoreContemporary Media Practice: 2 2021-22MDS1006MLevel 42021-22In an era of democratized technology, distribution platforms and funding streams, contemporary media practitioners have opportunities to fund, produce and exhibit their work like no generation before them. This power must, though, be employed creatively - technological devolution demands multi-skilled practitioners. Accordingly, this module will introduce some core technical skills and practices that will enable students to engage creatively with the media culture of the 21st century. Here, the emphasis will be on principles of cinematography, editing, and sound design. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of these technical practices by producing a portfolio of work that responds to issues and debates surround contemporary media culture.CoreIntroduction to Digital Cultures 2021-22MDS1007MLevel 42021-22This module introduces students to a critical discussion of digital cultures and their social, political, historical, economic and material contexts. Divided into four sections, this module will extend and deepen students understandings of the digital worlds they inhabit. Digital (pre)histories introduces students to technical paradigms and technological developments that have been key to the formation of contemporary digital culture. Digital materialities explores the material basis of our seemingly immaterial digital worlds and its geo-political implications. Digital politics and labour considers the role of the digital in the world of work, as well as the digital as work. The final segment, Digital identities and societies considers the way in which identity and social life are thought of with and through the digital.CoreMedia Reading Group: 1 2021-22MDS1001MLevel 42021-22This module provides students with an introduction to some of the major works in critical theory credited with influencing the development of Media Studies as a discipline. In doing so, it supports students in developing academic skills in the close reading of primary sources and the writing of critical responses based on such readings skills that will underpin student work throughout the BA Media Studies programme. However, rather than cleave entirely to a familiar canon, this module begins to problematize the accepted boundaries of what constitutes media and remains reflexive in its engagement with established theories, concepts and debates. Students will explore the radical and experimental traditions of Media Studies in order to begin to map links between such energies and the media culture of the present.CoreMedia Reading Group: 2 2021-22MDS1002MLevel 42021-22Set in the context of a recurrent tension between old and new in digital culture, this module begins with the question of the digital, rather than approaching it in accordance with a familiar historical narrative. Here, students will develop the skills and methods introduced in Media Reading Group: 1, engaging in close reading and discussion of selected texts deemed to have made significant contribution to Media Studies in the 21st century. Students will be asked to consider what particular critical insight these texts might offer to our present circumstances, and how the theories, concepts and debates raised by these works might respond to the radical and experimental energies of the discipline.CoreMedia Theorizes Itself 2021-22MDS1008MLevel 42021-22As this module suggests, media increasingly theorizes itself in terms of both content and form. For example, media artefacts today frequently foreground their interfaces, or the structural and performative elements of storytelling. They often quite openly acknowledge their created status (laying bare the device, as this is sometimes expressed). If media tends to theorize itself today, Rombes has commented, then what is the role of the critic, of the academic? One strategy might be to come at the topic indirectly, from odd and unexpected angles, through a variety of objects and textswhose characteristics speak to our new era, where theory comes not from the academics, but from the very objects of academic critique.CoreMediated Truths 2021-22MDS1009MLevel 42021-22Following on from Media Theorizes Itself and Introduction to Digital Cultures, this module examines the contemporary media landscape as a site upon which truth is constructed, knowledge formed, and power entrenched. Asking how media studies might respond to the explosion of social media, participatory media, online video, etc., and in particular how this upsurge in post-broadcast media has brought to the fore the very question of what truth is, and how it might determined, the module seeks to interrogate how norms, values, power structures, and inequalities are both reflected and reproduced across a wide variety of media texts, considering the tangled web of lies, secrets, myths, conspiracies, and affects that saturate media content, and the ways in which these complicate traditional modes of textual analysis.CoreAuditory Culture 2022-23AUP2005MLevel 52022-23This module sets out to explore some of the ways in which we make, sense, and transform ourselves and our worlds through our sonic and auditory cultures. We will focus on a number of important phenomena in our consideration of sonic practices, ways of hearing and contemporary scholarship on the auditory dimensions of media. Designed to engage both Media Studies and Sound and Music Production students in their respective fields, we will move from discussions of sound in relation to the affective capacities of the body through discussion of audition in relation to space and place (focused through the concept of the soundscape). We will consider discussions of sound and technology and explore concepts and phenomena of noise and silence in sonic and musical experience. This module encourages collaborative research in the spirit of Student as Producer, the organizing principle of teaching and learning in the university.CoreContemporary Media Practice: 3 2022-23MDS2003MLevel 52022-23The convergence of traditional media processes, coupled with the ubiquity of mobile and networked technology, has brought forth a dynamic participatory culture that blurs established distinctions between production and consumption. Building on the experience of Contemporary Media Practice 1 and 2, in this module students will explore how these emerging forms of media practice can respond to some of the key critical debates in digital culture. Specifically, the module will see students working both individually and in partnership with others on a series of trans-media projects that in some way address key social, political and cultural concerns of the 21st century.CoreGames Cultures 2022-23MDS2009MLevel 52022-23Play is a ubiquitous activity, and games (in all their forms) have a long history and an influence that stretches beyond the game-space itself. In recent times, computers (and other trends within media and society) have lead to an exponential growth in the cultural, social and commercial importance of games, which have likewise become more sophisticated, becoming an important media form which has affected other media and culture generally. This critical studies theory module will aim to consider, evaluate and analyse the phenomena of games and game cultures in the 21st century.CoreResearching and Writing 2022-23MDS2007MLevel 52022-23This module teaches students how to research, plan, and write an undergraduate dissertation. Each session is dedicated to one stage of the planning, researching, and writing stage. We will look at how to formulate a research question, and how to narrow it down to a suitable project; we will explore research methods, focusing on the function on methodology in the context of a research; then, we will concentrate on the structure of a dissertation, and the particular features of all of its components. At the end of the module students will be aware of what is expected from their final dissertations, and will be equipped with the necessary tools to approach this task.CoreTechnologies, Bodies and Identities 2022-23MDS2008MLevel 52022-23This module explores the relationship between technologies, bodies, and identities in contemporary digital societies. Based on an understanding of the body as a site of power and resistance, it is concerned with the intersection of class, race, and gender, as affective and political experiences that contribute to the formation and negotiation of identities. Away from a simplistic notion of the body as a "natural given", we think through the body to challenge our understanding of culture and to access a series of key debates in media studies. This module seeks to interrogate the embodied and affective relationships that we have with and through new technologies, and to highlight their political and economic implications.CoreVisualizing the 21st Century 2022-23MDS2001MLevel 52022-23In the 21st century we no longer believe that a single unified world can be visualized from a privileged position. Any sense of distance from the world has collapsed. We are conscious of living in a time of continual change and transformation as opposed to a state of equilibrium. After all, the early 21st century has been marked by rising urbanism, the movements of people, the crisis of global warming, the dominance of ever more complex logistical networks, the emergence of new cultures of speed, experiments with new modes of warfare, etc. This is a confusing situation simultaneously liberating, exciting, anarchic and dangerous. We are traversed and overwhelmed by these affective forces. This innovative module, in which students collaborate to produce film essays, presents an opportunity to reassess aesthetic theories and practices our modes of visualizing - in order to confront the conditions of the present.CoreContemporary Media Practice: 3 (Placement Option) 2022-23MDS2004MLevel 52022-23OptionalHorror in Popular Culture 2022-23FTV2282MLevel 52022-23The module aims to introduce you to a range of conceptual and theoretical approaches to the study of horror in popular culture. It explores the history of the genre and selected subgenres as well as contemporary manifestations, both supernatural, and realist horror. The module looks at the horror genre in terms of various social, cultural and national contexts. Students can study psychoanalytical approaches to these fictions as well as approaches such as affect theory which attempt to go beyond psychoanalysis. Through lectures, screenings and discussions, students are encouraged to apply these approaches to the analysis of selected media texts and subgenres.OptionalMedia Arts 2022-23MDS2005MLevel 52022-23OptionalMedia Study Period Abroad 2022-23MED2016MLevel 52022-23The Minnesota State University Moorhead USA Exchange Programme is an optional module. As part of the three-year course, some students may study for the duration of the first term of the second year at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, USA. During the term abroad, students share classes and modules with local students. Not only can students live and socialise in another culture, providing opportunities to study their respective countries, they may also have an opportunity to examine US media industry practice through optional internships for exchange students. The Moorhead-Fargo twin cities may also offer practical opportunities for students to engage with USA production companies including NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, and Prairie Public TV, all of whom have local bases.OptionalPractices of Listening 2022-23AUP2003MLevel 52022-23A broad look at audio-culture from the twentieth century to the present, offering challenge and insight to Film & TV specialists. Vision is often privileged, resulting in a relative paucity of language for discussing sound. This problem is addressed, looking at texts from key theorists and practitioners, considering sound not in addition to vision, but independently, in music, radio, art and daily life.OptionalSociety, Aesthetics and Digital Media 2022-23MED2035MLevel 52022-23OptionalTransformations in Television Consumption 2022-23FTV2277MLevel 52022-23OptionalContemporary Media Practice: 4 2023-24MDS3006MLevel 62023-24This module extends an opportunity to students to comprehensively explore the inherent promise and challenge of designing for digital contexts and concerns (in all their social, economic and cultural complexity) without dismissing still pertinent issues relating to analogue forms. In this, it seeks to reinforce a research-engaged ethos which looks outwards to the world at large and acknowledges a diversity of interests. It will not rigidly prescribe specific themes for study but will encourage students to take responsibility and negotiate them with tutors.CoreMedia Speculations 2023-24MDS3005MLevel 62023-24Philosophical approaches have begun to contribute to the transformation of Media Studies. In this, we are not dealing simply with the crystallization and institution of a specialist philosophy of media, but rather the bringing together of the two disciplines into a mutually reinvigorating speculative encounter which allows a more expansive, more inclusive and more adventurous rethinking of both. This module, reflecting on the various turns in theory in recent years vital, affective, material, speculative, nonhuman - provides an opportunity to explore concepts and ideas which have emerged from within the ferment of this encounter from a range of exciting thinkers and theoretical perspectives.CoreMedia Studies Dissertation 2023-24MDS3003MLevel 62023-24The dissertation is the culmination of each students undergraduate investigation into the theories and debates surrounding practices of contemporary mediation. It takes the form of an extended essay.CorePower, Media, and Control 2023-24MDS3004MLevel 62023-24Is the founding principle of the internet freedom, as so many once thought, or is it, in fact, control? This module looks at the politics of digital culture and the new capitalism of networked information technologies. Power, it can be argued, has increasingly come to lie in code, in protocols and algorithm. A new logic of control, simultaneously operating in both centralized and dispersed modes, has replaced hierarchical systems of power. What are the implications of networks as the core organizational structure for contemporary media, culture and life?CoreBio-Media 2023-24MDS3007MLevel 62023-24This module provides an opportunity to explore the entanglements of human bodies with media devices and processes. With and through media technologies, we transform the body and our understanding of bodily life. Today, this has become so obvious that the distinction between ourselves, machines and other species has been rendered problematic. Some insist on the need to defend the body against the encroachment of media and cybernetic systems. But perhaps the body has always already been mediated? Seizing upon this problematic, theorists, artists and media practitioners have converged upon a preoccupation with speculation upon the present and future condition of the mediatized human body.OptionalEco-Media 2023-24MDS3001MLevel 62023-24This is an ecologically minded module, one that explores media and mediation in the context of contemporary environmental concerns. It foregrounds a variety of geo-centred attempts to rethink the materiality of media and emphasizes the radical consequences of such endeavours. Working collaboratively to produce audiovisual essays, students will explore how the material reality of mediation exposes us to spaces and times beyond human perception.OptionalHeroes and Villains in Film 2023-24FTV3017MLevel 62023-24OptionalLiterature, Film and Gender 2023-24ENL3005MLevel 62023-24OptionalMedia Archaeologies 2023-24MDS3009MLevel 62023-24When studying contemporary media, the rapid pace of technological change can pose a problem for those of us hoping to find some clarity or surety within a dense and often overwhelming media landscape. To study the media of today effectively, therefore, we must also look to the media of the past. In this module, we will accordingly unearth various examples of forgotten, neglected, or underappreciated pre-twentieth century media, discovering how concepts, problems, and debates that still define the discourse surrounding media design and usage today have their origins in much older technological systems, whilst simultaneously challenging the assumptions that have underpinned traditional histories of media.OptionalTelevision Crime Drama 2023-24FTV3013MLevel 62023-24Optional

How you are assessed

Students on this course are assessed through written and audiovisual essays, dissertation, reports, reflexive journal, lecture diary, creative production, presentations, critical evaluations, and blogs.

Students on this course are assessed through written and audiovisual essays, dissertation, reports, reflexive journal, lecture diary, creative production, presentations, critical evaluations, and blogs.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Entry Requirements 2021-22

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Specialist Facilities

Critical studies are supported by the extensive print and online resources available at the University’s Great Central Warehouse Library.

For practical work students have the opportunity to make use of the Schools industry-standard facilities, such as television and radio studios, video editing suites, audio editing suites, a sound dubbing theatre, green screen room, writers’ room, colour finishing facilities, and a photography studio.

The University is home to the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), which contains a wealth of film, tape, and digital media resources. There may be opportunities for students to undertake work experience at MACE.

Industry Links

Academic staff within the School are current media practitioners and many are engaged with professional bodies such as the Royal Television Society; the British Society of Cinematographers; and the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies. Honorary Doctorates include the digital social entrepreneur Tom Roope.

Media Studies students currently have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software for the duration of their studies via our media and design labs.

Research

The Lincoln School of Film and Media is home to a number of research projects that investigate, explore, and experiment with media as a fundamental means of expression and communication for different groups within society.

Researchers within the School conduct internationally-recognised research in a variety of topics. These include visual and digital culture, sonic studies, and media philosophy. The co_LAB group, which coordinates the creative practice component of the course, is involved in ongoing collaboration with partners in various European universities.

What We look For In Your Application

We do not specify A level subjects but seek evidence of media-related critical awareness and/or creativity such as qualifications in Media, English, Sociology, Philosophy, Politics, Film Studies, Art, Design, or Theatre Studies.

We particularly value personal statements that demonstrate relevant experience, a broad range of interests and a real passion for thinking critically about media in the 21st Century.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for Media Studies graduates may include creative or management roles in broadcasting and other media industries, social media management, media journalism, publishing, and education. Others may choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.

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