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The School of Film, Media & Communication

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

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 intensive, impactful research into disciplines like media, film and nondemocratic citizenship. Our research culture is built on practicality and collaborative, cross-disciplinary work.

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 have the opportunity to 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 gone on to work for companies such as Walt Disney, NBC Discovery UK, Sky, BBC, Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, Vogue, The Daily Telegraph.

Our journalism courses are ranked in the top 3 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020), and 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 BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting courses are ScreenSkills accredited a key signpost for employers looking to hire industry ready graduates.


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 2014. As a result of REF 2014, 100% of our research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management, 90% of our research in Area Studies, and 58.5% 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 covers the following areas

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+44 (0)23 9284 4477


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