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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 per 3-week course £ 1150
Accommodation per 3 week course (room only, self catering) £700
We recommend you apply early if you want accommodation in SOAS Halls of Residence.
You must complete and send back the acceptance form, and  pay online as soon possible. An online receipt will be produced when you use the online payment system.
Refunds of accommodation and course fees are made only at the discretion of SOAS.

Application

Please fill in the Summer 2014 online application form or print off the Summer: Application Form 2014 (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

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