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School of Film, Media, and Communication

Find out more about the teaching and research activities taking place within our School of Film, Media and Communication

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The School of Film, Media and Communication brings together investigative rigour with creative storytelling and communication to make positive changes to the world and how we think. We work in the real and imaginary worlds to produce skilled graduates, quality research and compelling stories.

We seek to change the world one story at a time. Our storytelling has many formats, whether reporting breaking news, writing myths, or producing visually impactful documentary films, TV and books.

We conduct internationally recognised research in media, film, journalism, and creative writing. Our staff have broad industry experience and their research and industry experience is integral to our teaching practice.

We're working towards the Athena Swan Bronze Award to demonstrate our committing to gender equality for women and under-represented communities in the film, media and communications industries.


We mix creative practice with critical understanding to offer our students an engaging and socially and culturally relevant learning environment. We have a mixture of talented staff with international reputations for their work and research, and their expertise feeds into our globally minded, practically focused approach to teaching.

Our students also get involved with CCI TV, our student-led TV channel. Students work collaboratively in a fully equipped broadcast studio, streaming their content live for YouTube, social media and the Big Screen in Guildhall Square.

All our undergraduate courses include the opportunity for students to set up their own business or go on a one year placement. Past students have worked for companies such as Walt Disney, NBC Discovery UK, Sky, BBC, Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, Vogue, The Daily Telegraph.

Our BA (Hons) Journalism course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). Students taking this course are automatically entered for the NTCJ Diploma in Journalism examination, and can graduate ready to work as a qualified journalist.

Our BA (Hons) Film Production and BA (Hons) Television Production courses are ScreenSkills-accredited, a key signpost for employers looking to hire industry ready graduates.

Our teaching areas

Explore the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer within the following areas.

English and creative writing courses

Writing has the power to transport readers and listeners to an entirely different time and place. Tailor your studies to suit your goals, and graduate with the knowledge and skills find your dream career.

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Film and television

Do you see yourself behind the camera, in front of it, or assessing the work of others? Study a film or television degree course with us. Earn vocational qualifications as you study, use our equipment and TV studio, and organise placements through our industry connections.

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Media and Journalism courses

Want to work in journalism or media? Our expertise, industry ties, and comprehensive facilities will give you a platform to succeed in your career. Find out more now. 

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We've developed teaching and research partnerships with King's College London, Star & Crescent, University of Brighton, Cardiff University, University of Porto, Foundation for Science and Technology, Limerick School of Art and Design, University of Hertfordshire, University of Lincoln, Portsmouth City Council, University of West England and University of South Wales.


Our School is also active in the Portsmouth community, hosting and working with locally based events including:

  • Portsmouth ComicCon — We've been organising events and planning panels at this celebration of popular culture since 2018
  • Portsmouth Book Fest — We're been building on our city's strong literary heritage with local organisations to run an annual book and author festival and year round literary events
  • Darkfest — Inspired by the Supernatural Cities project, we've been running this annual celebration of spooky, gothic and horror cultural production from 2016


Our research has considerable impact. We contributed impact case studies to several units of assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Because of REF 2021, 64% of our research outputs in Music, Drama, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies, 73.9% of our research in Area Studies, and 54.4% of our research in English Language and Literature were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. 

We've received research funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund, Interreg, British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Council, American Society for Theatre Research, and the Leverhulme Trust.

Our research areas

Journalism, communication and creative writing

We're researching how media can be used by organisations, institutions and people to benefit society, how we consume media, and how the media's influence can be abused. Explore our journalism communication and creative writing research.

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Film, television and media

We're exploring how film and other forms of screen media shape societal attitudes and beliefs, and informs our daily lives. Explore our film, television and media research.

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Our research groups

Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research group – find out more below.

Creative Writing Team

We're engaged in fiction, travel writing, poetry and screen writing at local, national and international levels.

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Dr Erika Hughes

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School of Art, Design, and Performance

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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Contact us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office.

Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 5452

Email: cci-enquiries@port.ac.uk