BA (Hons) Media course preparation
To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
Suggested reading and viewing
You will be given lots of information about which books / e-books to read and what to watch when you begin your studies in September. But here are some ideas to get you started over the summer. You may have specific media that you’re interested in, but try at this stage to watch, read and listen to a broad variety. Don’t feel you need to do it all – allow your curiosity to guide you.
- Crissell, A. (2006) A Study of Modern Television: Thinking Inside the Box. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Fuchs, C. (2017) Social Media: A Critical Introduction (2nd ed). London: SAGE.
- Morozov, E. (2011) The Net Delusion. London: Penguin.
- Storey, J. (2015) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, 7th edition. Harlow: Pearson.
- Thompson, K. and Bordwell, D. (2019) Film History: An Introduction. London: McGraw-Hill.
- Wolfe, T. (1990) The New Journalism. London: Picador.
- Watch a film each week. Include films you’d not usually choose. Make sure there are foreign films, short films and older films in the mix.
- Watch television but be selective; watch a bit of everything rather than only your favourite shows.
- Visit Sky Arts, it’s now free to view! It has critical programmes and documentaries on film directors, photographers and all manner of media products …watch whatever interests you about media.
Useful websites and podcasts
Get familiar with good quality online resources over the summer months:
- The Media Podcast has 150+ episodes and counting!
- ‘The Media Show’ by BBC Radio 4 is a must listen for any media, film and television student
- On the Media by NPR in the USA is brilliant guide to what is happening in the US media
- Kermode & Mayo Film Review podcast on YouTube
- For short but academic views on contemporary media and media histories go to Flow
- Henry Jenkins’ website is full interesting stuff which inspired many of the modules on the course
- British Film Institute
- The Virtual Revolution documentary series also inspired many of the modules on the course, it can be found on YouTube
- The history of photography
Organising your study
- SPACE: Try to create your study environment: choose somewhere safe, quiet, comfortable and free from distractions.
- TIME: Try to think about how to best manage your time. Draw up a timetable and schedule plenty of breaks. Diaries and online calendars can help create structure. Learn how to create an online ‘To Do’ list. For example, try out trello.com/home
- YOU: Study at the right time. Take this opportunity to study when you feel the most productive.
- US: Stay in touch with us. Ask questions and advice where you need it.
Things to do over summer
Give some time to these activities. Whatever you write or record, keep them, don’t delete them. Bring them along to Edge Hill to use for inspiration in your first-year modules:
- Prepare a response to this question: What makes an event news? Here’s a journal article to help
- Keep a Media Diary to record all of your media consumption practices over, say, one week or one fortnight. You can even bring it along at the beginning of the Media and Society module and discuss it in one of the seminars.
- Go to The Guardian’s media website and record what is going on right now amongst media organisations, in media policy, political journalism and, more generally, the big challenges that lie ahead for media makers and media consumers.
- Keep a notebook, scrapbook or journal for any creative ideas that emerge. This is a ‘compost heap’ of creative ideas that you can keep adding to throughout your degree and your future career. You can return to it anytime you’re looking for inspiration for any creative work you’re doing.
Throughout your studies you will have access to absolutely all of the facilities and equipment you will need, however some students like to purchase equipment before they start their studies. If you would like to purchase any of this equipment before you start your studies, we recommend looking into pre-owned options:
- Good quality digital SLR camera (we would recommend Canon)
- Good quality audio recorder and microphone (Zoom H1)
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