Media, Culture and Creativity

Are you interested in art, heritage, literature, music or theatre?

What about film, photography, the media, popular culture, technology and design? Cultural connoisseur or simply curious?

Why choose discovery modules from Media, Culture and Creativity?

In this Theme, you have the opportunity to engage with a whole range of media, cultural, and creative forms, outputs and practices. You can:

Grapple with questions of cultural analysis, critique and debate. What do they tell us about the world in which we live, about our past and our future, about ourselves and the human condition?

Examine the social, intellectual, and political importance of the creative, cultural and media industries. Why do these things matter?

Engage with creativity and performance. Compare different art forms and traditions. Learn how they influenced, reacted against and complemented each other.

Explore digital culture. Get switched on to the media and technology.

Watch the video, produced by LSTV - a student-run society, to find out more about Media, Culture and Creativity.

If you have any questions about this Discovery Theme, you can contact the Theme Leader: Bryan White B.White@leeds.ac.uk

Make the most of your discovery modules

Depending on how your interests develop, you can opt to take further discovery modules within this Theme, or explore new topics in other Discovery Themes.

Click here to see how you can develop a pathway of discovery modules.

You may wish to explore a broad range of different topics, genres, and practices. Or you may prefer to specialise in a particular area, and develop a more in-depth understanding of what it entails.

Sub-themes are clustered around some of the key subject area divisions: art, creative practice, culture and critique, design, film and photography, heritage, literature, media and technology, music, theatre and performance. But you will find common ideas that run throughout: questions about identity, power, ethics, history, representation, diversity and freedom of expression.

Choose a rationale or exploratory pathway that works for you and see where it leads.

If you want to branch out into other Themes, ‘Language and Intercultural Understanding’ offers modules which cover global cultures. Alternatively, explore complementary modules from the ‘Personal and Professional Development’ and Power and Conflict’ Themes.

The Sub-themes

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Media and Technology

Broadcast media, new media, technology – we all engage with them on a daily basis, but how much time do we spend thinking about what we are consuming in our 24/7, global, digital world?

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Film and Photography

To see the world through a lens is to see it as it truly is – or is it? Does the camera never lie?

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Art and Design

Why has art had such a profound influence on cultures throughout the ages? What are the main artistic traditions, developments and styles? How do they relate to each other, and to the societies that nurtured them?

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Heritage

What is heritage, and how does it relate to history, memory and our sense of identity?

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Culture and Critique

We live in a global world, but does that mean that all cultures are the same? Or are they as diverse and distinctive, as confusing and complex as the people and nations they represent?

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Literature

If you love reading and want to learn about the novel, the play, the poem, this sub-theme is for you.

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Music

Are you interested in music?  Want to learn about how different musical genres and styles developed and evolved? What about the relationship between music and other creative genres such as theatre, film, art or literature? Or perhaps you want to do some music-making of your own?

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Creative Practice

Have you always fancied yourself as a writer? Are you convinced that there’s a book, a play or a short story inside you just waiting to get out? Are you fascinated by how people go about creating these things?

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Theatre and Performance

Are you interested in innovative theatrical work? Would you like to hone your skills of analysis while developing your appreciation of theatre, performance and live art? Have you considered learning about marketing and managing performances, festivals, concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events?

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