This interdisciplinary course allows you to explore cultural and media practices, institutions and histories across multiple subject areas, including literature, sociology, philosophy, film and media. You will learn about different ways of analysing images, texts, technologies and cultural practices in order to develop your understanding of a range of complex issues. You will be encouraged to develop a critical perspective on major challenges facing us in the globalising world today.
Through core modules you will be introduced to ways of analysing a range of different texts, including photographs, paintings, buildings, poems and advertisements. You will also choose from a wide range of optional modules which will give you the chance to examine complex and crucial issues such as: conflict and its cultural mediation, for example in commemorative sites and in popular culture; migration and multiculturalism; social activism and the possibility of utopian change; past and future technologies and their impact on our bodies and minds; ecology and our relation to other life forms; global communication networks and their impact on social relations.
Using the skills and methods developed through the course, you will become a flexible and engaged reader of a wide range of cultural materials and practices. You will develop your cultural understanding of gender, race, class, sexuality and the postcolonial world. You will work alongside staff and students who not only theorise cultural artefacts but who also make them.
The University has a variety of resources to support your learning and research. There is a wide range of museum collections and galleries on campus such as the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. Project Space, a new multi-purpose space designed for the development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions, sits at the core of the School's new building.
The M&S Company Archive is based on campus including documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer's history. We work closely with many different museums, archives, and cultural organizations in the region.
In Year 1 core modules introduce you to the key theories and methods for analysing and interpreting cultural and media practices. You will also explore some of the major historical changes that have shaped the contemporary world: modernity and post-modernity, science, revolution, the city, war, colonization and study histories of cinema and media. You'll also be able to take a discovery module.
You'll build on this in Year 2, when a core module deepens your understanding of key theoretical concepts in the study of culture, media and society. A range of optional modules will give you the chance to focus on topics that particularly interest you, from visual culture in Asia to cinema and culture, the politics of utopia, to issues of the body, power, race and gender as well as the challenges of studying media and communication.
In your final year, you'll apply your research skills to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice. You will also choose one area of cultural theory to examine in depth and choose from a range of optional modules, from critical approaches to photography, to war and media, and cultural diversity in museum and material culture. You can choose to extend your dissertation to go into even greater depth; if you do this, you'll take fewer optional modules.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB-ABB not including General Studies or Critical Thinking.
A degree in Cultural and Media Studies will equip you with important skills in communication, analysis, presentations and research as well as critical, visual and cultural awareness. All of these qualities are valuable in diverse careers across a wide range of industries and roles such as the media, journalism, cultural and creative industries, education, politics and the public sector.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.