Bangor University – School of Creative Studies and MediaBy Asian Correspondent Feb 01, 2013 1:29AM UTC
Bangor University is a top-40 university in the UK and holds a position in the top 5 percent of universities around the world according to Times Higher Education. This combines with high student satisfaction, world-class studio facilities and instruction by world-renown experts and practitioners to foster a dynamic creative arts community.
Instruction goes beyond strict academic rigour and studio-based practice. Bangor University conducts cutting-edge research in key arts-related areas, and maintains strong industry links to newspapers, television producers and theatre companies. Access to this network places Bangor’s creative arts students well ahead of their peers at other universities.
The School of Creative Studies and Media integrates theoretical and critical approaches to creative with hands-on practice. Students are taught how to harness and sculpt their own creative instincts while they learn the nuts and bolts of media production, writing, performance and a host of other forms of expression in the School’s media centre, editing suites and production studios.
Degree programs at Bangor University benefit from this holistic approach to the arts education and include courses in the following areas:
Courses in Film Studies combine creative and critical work with intensive practice. Weekly workshops and seminars are led by lecturers with interests spanning British and European film, American cinema, language and film, surrealist film and a host of other specialisations.
Creative and Professional Writing
This is a new course at Bangor is a cooperative project between the School of English and the School of Creative Studies and Media. This paves the way to multiple disciplinary specialisations – everything from poetry as a literary form to writing for digital media.
This is a broad-based degree programme that allows students to specialise in a range of creative media, including Professional Writing, New Media Studies, Journalism and Theatre and Performance Studies. Students can pursue specific creative interests of conduct comparative studies.
Creative Writing and Media Studies
This programme targets students who want to pursue studies in Creative Writing; however, the coursework incorporates other fields of study including film and video, television and radio, design, software and computer games and advertising.
Film Studies with Theatre
This area of study combines the traditional Film Studies programme with coursework in Theatre and Performance. It balances theory and practice. This introduces the possibility of studying performance history, dramatic traditions and theatre and society in addition to mainstream Film Studies issues.
Journalism and Media Studies
Journalism and Media Studies combines traditional Journalism principles with exploratory studies in media outlets, such as print and digital outlets, television and radio and contemporary media practices. Students are equipped with the practical and technical skills to pursue a 21st-century career in journalism.
Media Studies cover radio, film and video, computer games, public relations, journalism and overarching media practice. The skills that students acquire in this course of study lie at the core of many key creative industries.
Media Studies with a Modern Language
Two-thirds of this course is Media-Studies based, with the remaining third in a modern language. Students are grounded in media principles and practices, with added language skills to expand their knowledge and marketability.
Media Studies with Theatre
This degree balances theory and practise in two fields. Students explore theatres subjects including the history of performance, theatre and society, live performance, acting and performance and international dramatic traditions. Opposite this, media-based studies covering television drama, digital media and games, media practice and media culture are also included.
Bangor is a small and friendly city with a thriving student atmosphere. There are several factors that attract international students to the university, beyond its high international standing and reputation for world-leading research. The city Bangor, itself, is certainly among these factors. The Guardian University Guide recognises Bangor for its safety, affordability and cleanliness.
And students of the arts have even more to get excited about. Bangor hosts a series of annual creative industries conferences and events. Furthermore, construction has already begun on the £44 million Arts and Innovation Centre, which will include cinema space, a multi-purpose theatre and an outdoor performance area. The new center will be backed with entertainment venues, bars and restaurants.
With the Arts and Innovation Centre set to debut in autumn of 2014, students from Asia who begin the application now will find themselves on campus when the ribbon is cut. To be sure, there has never been a better time to pursue credentials in creative arts at Bangor University.