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International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Introduction to the Media

Academic Subject Summer Course

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Who is this programme for?:

This course is for students who want a mix of classroom learning and practical experience of documentary making in London. The course provides insights into both the theory and practice of media planning and production. Through lectures and project planning, students will learn about the different mass media, their influence on society and how the information we all use and need is brought to us.

“The documentary – making was really good fun! I learned lots of new skills” - Student comment

Learn the theory in the lectures, then put what you have learned into practice by creating, editing and presenting a short documentary in a group.

The English language classes are integrated with the course topics. Particular emphasis is placed on developing your speaking and discussion skills. Your team building, interviewing and negotiating skills will also be enhanced. 

Areas of study will include:
  • Documentaries
  • Broadcast media
  • Advertising
  • News
  • Film
  • The New Media

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English language requirements: Students need at least an intermediate level of English

Structure

Week One
Documentaries

The use of documentary techniques such as propaganda, drama, and realism to inform, persuade and even shock viewers.

Broadcast media

Television and radio are still the main sources of information and entertainment and are very influential in the forming of opinion. Mainly adopting a generic approach, this section will examine different types of programme, such as soap operas and crime programmes.

Week Two
Advertising

The focus is on the creative part of the process, in particular, the use of visual language, text and music.

The printed press

This session will consider the different styles used in tabloids, broadsheets and magazines

Week Three
Film

The focus will be mainly on classic Hollywood cinema and the issues of time and space.

The new media

The internet is the main example of the new media, raising issues such as democracy, freedom of information, intellectual property rights and censorship.

How to Apply

Fees

Tuition

3-weeks (1 block) course £1,220 GBP,

6 weeks (2 blocks) course £2,370 GBP

9 weeks (3 blocks) course £3,450 GBP

Accommodation

per 3 week £700 GBP

We recommend you apply early, especially if you want accommodation in the SOAS Halls of Residence. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE 09 June 2015

Block 1 - No accommodation available

Block 2 - Very limited number of rooms available

Block 3 - Good availability

Blocks 1+2 together No rooms available

Blocks 1+2+3  together - No rooms available

Blocks 2+3 together - No rooms available

 

You will be sent an invoice and receipt for the course fees when you have accepted the offer and paid for your place on the course. A letter of registration will also be provided for visa purposes when you have paid the full fees. Refunds of accommodation and course fees are only made at the discretion of SOAS in exceptional circumstances.

If you have any queries, please email summer@soas.ac.uk

Application

Please fill in the Summer 2015 online application form or print off the Summer: Application Form 2015 (pdf; 174kb) and post it to:

Head of Department International Foundation Courses & English Language Studies (IFCELS)
SOAS (University of London)
23/24 Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
UK

Please ensure you send a scanned copy of the photo/issue page of your passport with the application

Pre-Course Information

A Student's Perspective

When I actually started my studies on the foundation course at SOAS, it confirmed in my mind that I had made a very good choice.

Sare Demir