Media Studies BA (Hons)

Overview

Are you interested in how the media works and influences individuals and societies, from newspapers and television to social networks?

This BA (Hons) Media Studies degree course gives you the knowledge and skills to dissect and discuss the media at an academic level, and put what you learn into mastering media content of your own.

When you graduate, you'll be well set to begin your media career in areas such as journalism, marketing, or publishing, but you'll also have creative and transferable skills that you can put to work in any industry.

What you'll experience

On this Media Studies degree course you'll:

  • Undertake an analytical review of the global media of our times, and how they reflect and shape our society
  • Explore entertainment and identity in the media
  • Study the impact of changing forms of communication from the past and present – and the possibilities for the future
  • Benefit from the opportunity to study the practical and technical skills involved in media production, using our top spec TV production facilities
  • Work with local and national media companies
  • Learn from widely published media experts
  • Enjoy the chance to study abroad at one of our partner institutions, such as the renowned University of Zaragoza in Spain
  • Have the option to take a placement year in the industry to expand your knowledge and experience even further before you graduate

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate from your media degree, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Contemporary Media Events – 20 credits

On this module you'll learn the processes of analysing, critiquing and researching media events. 

Creative Reviews and Features – 20 credits

On this module you'll explore and practice various writing techniques for different types of media journalism.

Film, Genre and Adaptation – 20 credits

On this module you'll investigate critical approaches to film authorship and auteurship, such as individual creativity and industry collaboration. 

Introduction to Media Studies – 20 credits

On this module you'll learn the key theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of the mass media.

Researching the Media – 20 credits

On this module you'll learn the foundation of a variety of study skills, and you'll be able to use this knowledge to apply research methodologies to local, national and international media contexts.

Understanding Film Production – 20 credits

On this module you'll learn about the key concepts and practices in film and video production. 

Year 2

Core modules

Gender and the Media – 20 credits

On this module you'll look historically, politically and critically at theories concerning gender.

Propaganda – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll develop an understanding of historical and contemporary functions of propaganda in mass-mediated society.

Screen Media – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop your knowledge of screen media in society and entertainment.

Optional modules

Film, Media and Performance Study Exchange – 60 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to do a study placement in a Higher Education institution outside of the UK.

CCI Self-Employed Placement – Full Year – 40 credits

This optional year-long module gives you experience in setting up and running a small business during the placement year of a sandwich degree.

CCI Work Placement – Full Year – 40 credits

This optional year-long placement module gives you relevant industrial or commercial experience during the placement year of a sandwich degree.

Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice – 20 credits

On this module, you'll develop your creative, intellectual and interpersonal attributes.

Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture – 20 credits

On this module you'll learn how human intervention shapes digital media.

Media, Culture and National Identity – 20 credits

On this module you'll learn how modern media helps to construct individual, group and national identities.

Production: Camera and Editing – 20 credits

On this module, you'll continue developing the video production skills you learnt in your first year, linking the theory you learn with practical video work.

Production: Short Film-Making – 20 credits

On this module, you'll further develop the skills you learnt in the 'Production: Camera and Editing' module, linking the theory you learn with practical video work.

Professional Experience – 20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to gain credit towards your degree from paid/unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work-related learning.

Researching Genre – 20 credits

On this module you'll examine the production, reception and marketing of genre and its main categorisations.

Social Issues in the Media – 20 credits

This module will teach you to analyse the representation of social issues in the media.

Sport and the Media – 20 credits

This module will develop your knowledge of how the media represents sport. 

Student Enterprise – 20 credits

This module is a problem-based learning module, which will introduce you to the basics and reality of setting up and running a small business.

Transmedia Narratives and Strategies - 20 credits

This module introduces you to the movement towards cross-platform multi-media content through transmedia world building strategies and storytelling narrative structures.

Year 3

Optional modules

Film and Media Dissertation – 40 credits

Your dissertation will be a written project on a film or media related topic of your choice.

Practical Video Project – 40 credits

On this module, you’ll merge your academic development and knowledge of video production to create a final video project.

Cultures of Consumption – 20 credits

This module introduces the discussion of consumption practices and consumer cultures in society. 

Media Fan Cultures – 20 credits

On this module you'll explore media texts that have attracted fan communities.

News, War and Peace – 20 credits

This module gives you an understanding of the news media's role in conflict and peace.

Representing Science in the Media – 20 credits

In this module, you'll examine representations of science and technology.

Researching Animation – 20 credits

On this module, you’ll learn how to analyse theories associated with the study of animation.

Studying Comedy – 20 credits

On this module, you’ll examine key historical and theoretical ideas in the study of comedy. 

TV Drama and Society – 20 credits

This module examines how TV drama reflects and influences social, political and ideological landscapes.

TV Talk Shows – 20 credits

This module will introduce you to theoretical and historical approaches to the study of TV talk shows. 

Teaching

Teaching activities on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • practical performance sessions
  • simulation

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • presentations
  • scripts
  • video productions
  • programme proposal/pitch
  • reviews and features
  • reports/magazine features
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 20% by practical exams and 80% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 12% by practical exams and 88% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 13% by practical exams and 87% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

The communication, research, writing and critical thinking skills you learn on this media degree will be valuable to employers in any industry.

What can you do with a media studies degree?

Previous media studies graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • media research
  • public relations and marketing
  • journalism
  • publishing
  • new media development

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level or set up a business with help and support from the University.

What jobs can you do with a media studies degree?

Some of our media studies alumni have gone on to work for big names such as the BBC, Warner Bros and Universal Pictures International. Job roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • production manager
  • sound and vision engineer
  • film/video producer
  • advertising journalist
  • assistant publicist
  • PR and communications officer

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job in the industry, and will give you help and advice for up to 5 years, as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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