At a glance
- The only UK university with internship opportunities in Hollywood and London, with the likes of 20th Century Fox Studios and Red Bee Media
- Undertake professional creative work for the University and network with industry professionals through our Creative Student Network
- Take your studies abroad with our wide variety of exciting opportunities across four continents
What is Culture, Film and Media?
The Department of Culture, Film and Media includes two degree pathways: courses in film and television studies, and courses in international media and communications studies. Film and television studies courses explore the places and roles of film, television and new media in everyday life, both as industries and cultural practices. These courses encourage students to analyse film, television and other screen media such as internet media, games and smartphones within contexts of production, exhibition and reception. Students on the course also gain expertise in social and cultural context, textual analysis and empirical research.
International media and communications studies courses explore the complex world of communications, media and culture through study of the different forms of visual and linguistic communication, new technologies, politics, popular and high culture, and news media. These courses train students in theories of mass media and communications, combined with strong emphasis on language proficiency.
How will I study?
The Department of Culture, Film and Media is part of the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies. The department offers thriving undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and a teaching and research culture of the highest quality. On all courses in the department, students explore the history, theory and practice of film, television and communications media, along with the political, social, economic and cultural contexts within which media production and consumption occur.
Assessment is based on a mixture of coursework, individual and collaborative research, and exams. Students moving from the first to the final year of study take on increasingly research- and project-based assignments. Final-year students write original research dissertations under staff supervision.
Courses in international media and communications studies and film and television studies at Nottingham will train you in critical analysis, communication, research and media literacy. In addition, many courses include core language components highly attractive to potential employers. Graduates gain valuable training for research careers in film and media and for professional work in media industries such as advertising, film, journalism, radio and television. Our graduates have also moved onto work in fields including business, political communications and public relations. Our graduates are also well positioned for postgraduate study.
In 2015, 84% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Culture, Film and Media who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,378 with the highest being £36,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2014/15.
We maintain exclusive internship agreements with 20th Century Fox Studios and the Art Directors Guild in Hollywood. All students in the department are eligible to apply for these competitive summer placements in Los Angeles, which offer substantive work experience in two of Hollywood's largest film and television studios. We also offer a range of UK-based internships with leading companies such as digital agency Red Bee Media, marketing and design company The Entertainment Agency and brand consultancy Canopy Insight.
Further information can be found at the department’s website.
The University has links to institutions in Australasia, Europe, North America and Southeast Asia through the Universitas 21 Scheme, which gives students the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad. Students on the BA in International Media and Communications Studies course can also apply to study for one semester at our campuses in China and Malaysia, both of which offer parallel programmes in media and communications studies.
Nottingham has the highest number of students on outward mobility of any UK university under Erasmus.*
* Erasmus student and staff numbers by institution, Erasmus+ 2014.
Further information can be found on our study abroad web pages.
Application and interview
Offers are usually made on the basis of UCAS applications. Students with non-standard entry requirements, including adults returning to education, may be invited for interview.
UCAS visit days for students offered a place are normally held from late January to March. Prospective students are welcome to visit at other times – please contact us, or for dates of our open days visit our open day pages