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Chinese and Creative Studies

Bangor University
4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Chinese and Creative Studies

Chinese can be studied at joint honours level in combination with another language or a variety of other subjects, with both subjects studied in equal proportions. These courses will provide you with advanced skills in the Mandarin language and a broad range of specialised and detailed insights into Chinese culture, society and history. The degree has language at the heart of it, with core modules developing the key oral, aural and written skills every year. These modules also foster cultural awareness, which you will need for your year abroad, and later on, for the world of work.

Creative Studies allows you to pursue an interest in a variety of related subject areas such as Professional Writing, Film Studies, Theatre and Performance Studies, Journalism, Media, and New Media Studies. It aims to develop your critical and intellectual abilities as well as allowing you the opportunity to engage and explore many different areas of creative practice.

Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

Below are the language-specific elements. You should also look at the entry requirements for your other chosen subject.

Typical offer is based on a minimum 96 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels - for Chinese and another non-language subject - a language preferred but not required.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma - for Chinese and another non-language subject - a language preferred but not required
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM**
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis**
  • Access: Pass**
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • For Chinese and another non-language subject and Chinese and Welsh - applicants should have a clear interest in Chinese.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Chinese for Beginners 1 Core

Semester 2

  • Chinese for Beginners 2 Core

Optional Modules

  • French for Beginners I (Semester 1)
  • German for Beginners I (Semester 1)
  • Italian for Beginners I (Semester 1)
  • Spanish Begin./Intermed. 1 (Semester 1)
  • Introduction to Language (Semester 1)
  • Language, Literature & Culture (Semester 2)
  • Transnational Cultures (Semester 2)
  • Creating National Histories (Semester 1)
  • Issues in Media and Journalism (Semester 2)
  • Intro to Practical Journalism (Semester 1)
  • Creative Practice (Semester 1)
  • Intro to Studying Mass Culture (Semester 2)
  • Introduction to Screenwriting (Semester 2)
  • Film Language (Semester 1)
  • Film History (Semester 2)
  • Visual Cultures (Semester 2)
  • Theatre Making (Semester 1)
  • Performing for Stage & Screen (Semester 2)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Chinese Language Skills Core
  • Contemporary Chinese Studies Core

Semester 2

  • Chinese Language Skills
  • Contemporary Chinese Studies

Optional Modules

  • America on Film (Semester 1)
  • Practical Digital Journalism (Semester 1)
  • Media, Politics & Society (Semester 2)
  • Radio: Theory and Practice (Semester 1)
  • Film Industry Development (Semester 2)
  • Digital Advertising (Semester 2)
  • Film Theory (Semester 2)
  • Practical Film Criticism (Semester 1)
  • Short Film Production (Semester 2)
  • Research and Methods (Semester 1)
  • Digital Journalism & Society (Semester 2)
  • Theatre & Perf.:The Self (Semester 2)
  • Professional Practice (Semester 1)
  • Politics of the Media (Semester 1)
  • Screenwriting:Theory&Practice (Semester 2)
  • Community Arts Placement (Semester 2)
  • Ensembles and Groups A (Semester 1)
  • Game Design Level & Mechanics (Semester 1)
  • Game Development (Semester 2)

Some optional modules may be subject to pre-requisites, please check module page for further information.

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Advanced Chinese Lang Skills (30) Core

Semester 2

  • Advanced Chinese Lang Skills

Optional Modules

  • Approaching Translation (Semester 2)
  • Culture and the Body (Semester 1)
  • Key topics in Chinese Studies (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Joint Hons Diss (English) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Joint Hons Diss (Target Lang) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • America on Film (Semester 1)
  • Practical Digital Journalism (Semester 1)
  • Digital Advertising (Semester 2)
  • Practical Film Criticism (Semester 1)
  • Digital Journalism & Society (Semester 2)
  • Theatre and Performance: Self (Semester 2)
  • Professional Practice (Semester 1)
  • Screenwriting:Theory&Practice (Semester 2)
  • Game Design 3 (Semester 1)
  • Game Production (Semester 2)
  • Research Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Creative Practice Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Enterprise Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)

Some optional modules may be subject to pre-requisites, please check module page for further information.

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Tuition fees

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BA (Hons) degree.

Career opportunities

Employability and Modern Languages and Cultures degrees

Studying Modern Languages opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Many Bangor Modern Languages graduates have, of course, gone into teaching and translating, but just as many have embarked upon successful careers in the civil service, business and commerce, industry and the media. The skills you learn whilst studying languages – cultural awareness, communication, accuracy, planning and logical analysis – are valued highly by employers from all sectors of the economy.

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