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Media Communications

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,C,C

A Level - Grades BCC-CCC preferred

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

A minimum score of 27 points required

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted

T Level

M

Grade Merit is preferred.

UCAS Tariff

96-104

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Media and communication studies

Revolutionise how media creators communicate to audiences with our Media Communications degree.

- Learn the skills to succeed across the ever-growing communications industries.

- Reimagine how you use media to communicate to audiences ethically.

- Work with our in-house marketing company and innovation hub to gain on the ground experience.

Throughout this Media Communications degree, you’ll develop your creative skills in marketing, creative strategy, PR, journalism and social media management and prepare for success across the thriving communications sector. You’ll gain experience working on cross-platform campaigns on communication strategies, explore political media making and investigative journalism, and delve into producing social media content, PR packs and augmented reality trails.

Taught by a team of researchers and creative media strategists and creators, you’ll learn how to rethink media communications for social change. You’ll study online influencers and diverse forms of screen representation, explore the ethics of social media platforms like TikTok and alternative approaches to journalism, emerging marketing practices for immersive experiences and beyond.

In your final year, you’ll join The Studio in Bath, the University’s new city-centre innovation hub for creative media technology and Immersive Promotion Design, our own in-house immersive marketing company. By collaborating with the region’s media and communications sector on cross-platform campaigns, feature articles and activist media, you’ll grow into a communications professional, realising your vision for a more inclusive media landscape. As fresh voices in these organisations, you’ll gain on the ground experience in the industry which will enable you to leap into a career in communications, PR, marketing and social media.

Modules

In Year 1 you’ll take modules which will equip you with the essential critical toolkit for understanding and analysing contemporary media and conducting media research. You’ll be introduced to some of the key themes, theories, methods and debates in media research through a series of case studies including gender, class, disability, national identity and violence in the media, music subcultures, branding, preservation and more.

Year 2 will see you explore questions of global media cultures. Alongside this, you’ll study the impacts of a global media culture on everything from production to consumption. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills in media-making, while further examining these themes in relation to more specific areas of advanced research.

Finally in Year 3, you’ll be encouraged to specialise in an area that interests you, and to develop independent research and/or practice. This manifests in the form of a dissertation, with specialist modules available.

For more information please refer to our website.

Assessment methods

Media Communications is a theoretical course with a practical component. Assessments therefore range from essays, professional writing, presentations, reviews and feature writing, to cross-media presentations, object history work and industry reports and investigations. You’ll also learn through the creation of journals, research logs and portfolios, blog posts and collaborative projects.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

Bath School of Art, Film and Media

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
med
Media and communication studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

58%
Library resources
61%
IT resources
65%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,971
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
35%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Other elementary services occupations

Only a small number of students study courses within this catch-all subject area, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at any stats. Marketing and PR were the most likely jobs for graduates from these courses, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Media, journalism and communications

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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