How do we make sense of the media that we produce and consume in our lives? We train you to understand the histories of contemporary media and cultural practices, and to interpret and use media in critical ways.
Images are powerful tools used to communicate messages and influence our actions – political, social and commercial. The ability to ‘read’ and interpret what we see is vital in an image-saturated world.
You will examine visual media such as painting, sculpture, architecture, film, and photography, and how they are made and presented. You will also explore how these objects and images have shaped cultures and societies of the past, and their relevance to the present day.
The visual literacy and critical analysis skills you will develop are in high demand across multiple sectors, from museums and galleries to advertising, branding and communications.
You will explore responses to media forms including popular and speciality cinema, streaming video and social media, and nonfiction media including news, propaganda and documentary.
In film and television studies, you will explore screen media’s roles in everyday life, as industries, art forms and as cultural practices. In international media and communications studies, you will look at how media production changes across cultures.