This course interrogates cinema and television as art forms and as industries, locating them within specific historical and social contexts, and is combined with a systematic study of China. The course explores screen media texts within social, cultural and transnational contexts, in particular those of China and the Chinese diaspora. Chinese Studies devotes attention to the history, politics, society, geography and culture of China, and students on the course also begin learning Mandarin. One semester may be spent at The University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus, China.
Students learn the skills necessary to acquire a broad understanding of film and television as distinct media and consider the history of the development of the cinema from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Chinese studies, introduces students to various facets of modern-day China, and students start to learn the Mandarin language.
By further looking at the social significance of the cultural industries and by considering processes of cultural production and representation, students gain a nuanced perspective on the circuits of meaning thus produced. Semester two may be spent at the Ningbo campus, China, where students extend their knowledge of contemporary China, and, if desired, continue studies of the Mandarin language.
Under the guidance of a research-active member of staff, students write a dissertation in film and television studies and choose from a range of specialist option modules in film and television studies. Students may also choose to write a dissertation in Chinese studies, as well as selecting from a range of advanced modules in Chinese studies.
For more information please see School of Contemporary Chinese
A levels: ABB/AAC
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (no less than 20 in speaking and 19 in each other element)
For details please see alternative qualifications page.
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Film History 1
Approaches to Film and Television
Introduction to Contemporary China
Film History 2
Typical year-two modules
Transnational Film and Television
Understanding Cultural Industries
Typical year-three modules
Film Studies Dissertation
Typical optional modules
Chinese Business Law
Film and Television in Social and Cultural Context
The Rise of Modern China
Inter Faculty Mandarin Chinese
Media and Communications in Globalising China
Filmmakers and Filmmaking
China's Political Economy
Video Production Project
You will have completed an independent research dissertation and will have an in-depth knowledge of specific areas of film and television studies. You will have developed your language skills to enable you to converse in Mandarin, and, if you have studied in China, you will be able to demonstrate to potential employers your adaptability, resourcefulness, independence and ability to cope in challenging situations.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Culture, Film and Media was £17,305. Graduates of the Department of Contemporary Chinese Studies was £25,833.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
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