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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3 Minimum GPA: 2
Language of Instruction: English Area(s) of Study: Communication
Faculty Leader: Campbell, A.
Program Description:
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March 1-9, 2018

BBC & British Media
COMM 395/THEA 395

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The BBC and British Media as a Special Topics COMM/THEA 395 course is designed as a study of the historical, social and artistic impact of such entities. 
For most media savvy persons, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) represents the epitome of quality broadcasting. From dramas to documentaries to journalism, the Beeb (as it is affectionately known in the UK) serves as the world’s most reliable outlet for exacting thought, analysis, aesthetic sensibility and production standards. From Shakespeare to Sherlock the service continues to garner the world’s highest audience. Whether it is the Edwardian exploits of the residents of Downton Abbey or the tongue-in-cheek sci-fi antics of Dr. Who, nations continue to imbibe its diversified array of productions. Interestingly, in general, the BBC is less known to an American audience for its international programming that serves and targets six continents.
Few in the United States are aware of its vast resources and near century commitment to audio/radio productions comprised of dramas and comedies. With continuous services to the Middle-East, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, the BBC has the most expansive foot-print in all international media. Additionally, the service extends its resources to cinematic releases and to one of the leading online juggernauts of the world.
In this course it is intended that ODU students would be afforded insight to such fare via venturing to the latest and largest studio facility at MediaCity UK at Salford in the North of England.
In contrast, students will also visit other media outlets from Abbey Road recording studios (Beatles/John Williams Film Soundtracks) to the former Leavesden Studios, where Star Wars and Harry Potter films were shot (now owned by Warner Bros.) and accordingly, attention will be also given to the historical development of British Theatre from attendance of a Shakespearian production at the Globe Theatre on the Thames to the taping of a contemporary sit-com production.
As a native of Britain, Alan Campbell will provide ODU students with mini-lectures on some of the unique aspects to British culture. Moreover, a day and a half of touring London’s historical sites will be conducted by him

Check out this awesome video created by film student Christy Stevens, who traveled with Dr. Campbell's class to London last year!
Tentative class schedule: Students will attend mandatory class meetings throughout the spring on Wednesdays from 11:00AM-12:45PM.

Tentative Syllabus: Please see Office of Study Abroad.

PREREQUISITES: All students must be in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA or above.

*Students must register and pay for three credits of COMM 395 or THEA 395  (3 credits) during Spring 2018 registration in order to participate in this program.
This course will satisfy the 300-400 Non-GEOG/HIST/POLS requirement for International Studies majors



Introductory London walking tour

Westminster abbey and Parliament

Warner Brothers Studios

Sherlock Holmes Museum

Buckingham Palace

Tower of London


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*Subject to change. The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Alan Campbell

Born in Britain, Dr. Alan Campbell brings a distinctively international perspective to the classroom. Always animated and engaging, he holds five degrees and has lectured on as many continents. His work includes theoretical and applied Film and Communication courses taught at the baccalaureate and graduate level at both public and private institutions. His former employers and clients have included NBC, Orion Pictures, Post-Newsweek, Viacom and CBS. He has written, directed and produced, but is just as comfortable performing before the camera or microphone and as an impassioned musician and composer fronting for various bands.


Program Cost with Dean's Academic Scholarship Award: $3,750

Cost Includes:
Roundtrip airfare from/to Norfolk, airport transfers in London, accommodations (double/triple rooms; single supplement extra, if available), breakfast each morning,  2 group meals, London transportation for zones 1 & 2 and additional train fare for excursions, entrance fees, health insurance, and study abroad fee.

Not Included:
ODU tuition for 3 credits (participants are required to register for credit), meals other than those indicated above, transport other than indicated above, expenses of a personal nature.

Financial Aid: 
For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.  

*ODU Scholarships:
Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time, degree-seeking, ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader. Completion of online application, advising and deposit payment holds your space for scholarship consideration; no additional scholarship application necessary.

If eligible, scholarship award will be credited to your student account sometime in late spring. The Office of Study Abroad handles these arrangements and will notify you via email. 

Cost without scholarship: $4,150

Payment Schedule:
$300 deposit upon application; 1st half of remaining total due on November 17, 2017 and the 2nd half on January 12, 2018. 

Alan Campbell, PhD.
3000 Batten Arts and Letters
Norfolk, VA 23529
Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.