SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Introduction to the Media

Academic Subject Summer Course

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  • How to Apply


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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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Click on the Structure tab for more details and to see what structure the lectures will follow.


English language recommendations for students choosing subject courses: Students will need at least an intermediate level of English in order to understand the lectures, which are delivered at undergraduate level, and to engage in lively discussion in the seminars and tutorials. See our brochure for further details of appropriate language test scores.


Week One

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

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

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



(31st March 2020): Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we are unable to run the Summer Programme in 2020 and it is, unfortunately, cancelled. The information below is for reference only and we expect to provide details of the programme for 2021 from October onwards.


2020 Course Fees
  • 3 weeks (1 block): £1,500 GBP
  • 6 weeks (2 blocks): £2,900 GBP (save £100*)
  • 9 weeks (3 blocks): £4,000 GBP (save £500*)

*compared to the cost of a 3-week block

Accommodation Fees
  • per 3-week block: £790 GBP

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

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



Please fill in the online application form or print off the IFCELS Summer Programme 2020 Application Form (pdf; 147kb)   and post it to:

Head of Department, International Foundation Courses & English Language Studies (IFCELS)
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

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

Summer Pathway Preparation Course PCI 2020 (pdf; 163kb)