Cultural, Media and Visual Studies


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        • Join the only UK university with internship opportunities in Hollywood and London, with 20th Century Fox Studios, the Art Directors Guild, Red Bee Creative and more
        • Network with industry professionals and get involved in professional creative work through our Creative Student Network
        • Take your studies abroad with our global syllabus and exciting opportunities to study internationally across any of four continents.
        • Learn with staff who curate exhibitions at local, national and international institutions including the Science Museum Group, the Djanogly Art Gallery and the Diffusion International Photography Festival
        • Create exhibitions and collaborate with artists through Crop-Up Gallery, our student curatorial group
Culture, Film and Media

What is Cultural, Media and Visual Studies?

The Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies offers three major degree strands, providing a rich curriculum involving film, television, and other screen media; international media, communications and cultural studies; and histories, institutions and practices in a range of fine-art contexts.

Our 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, video games and other screen media within contexts of production, exhibition and reception. Students also gain expertise in social and cultural context, textual analysis and empirical research.

Our International Media and Communications Studies degrees 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. The courses provide advanced understandings of theories of mass media, communication and culture, combined with strong emphasis on language proficiency.

Our History of Art courses combine visual and historical studies, providing students with the critical tools to see and understand the world differently. History of Art students study works of art and objects of visual culture within a variety of historical, political and geographical contexts and explore how and why objects are made, what they might mean and how they have been understood. Through a close study of visual artefacts, students address broader questions about identity, culture and society, both past and present.


How will I study?

The department has varied and innovative teaching provision, with modules combining a range of learning formats including lectures, seminars, screenings, one-to-one tutorials, skills workshops, group activities, field trips and practical work.

The department features a diverse group of lecturers who are passionate about the subjects they teach, with their breadth of expertise reflected in the range of modules available.  We have a state-of-the- art screening room for module screenings, special events and student activities. For History of Art students, field trips to local and national institutions are integrated into the course to provide hands-on learning experiences. Alongside academic study, our department offers career training, volunteering and professional-development opportunities through our Creative Student Network and our student-led curatorial group, Crop-Up Gallery.



With training in primary research, industry history, visual literacy, writing and analysis, Cultural, Media and Visual Studies graduates acquire flexible, interdisciplinary skills attractive to a breadth of employers.  Our graduates gain valuable training for research careers in film and media and for professional work in media industries such as film, television, radio, digital media, journalism, publishing, public relations, advertising and marketing.  History of Art graduates have also pursued careers in arts administration, conservation, curating, heritage management and museum education.

94% of undergraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,000 with the highest being £60,000.* 

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK. 

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
(Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2017, High Fliers Research).

Internship opportunities

We maintain exclusive internship agreements with 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 Creative, and brand consultancy Canopy Insight. 

Further information can be found at the department’s website.


Study abroad

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 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. 

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.  

Open days

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.  
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