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Goldsmiths, University of London

Media and Communications

UCAS Code: P300

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

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

DDM

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Media and communication studies

Bringing together media practice and communications theory, this degree covers a broad spectrum of critical perspectives on the media, and will introduce you to a range of contemporary media practices.

**Why study BA Media & Communications at Goldsmiths?**
- You will study in one of the UK's and the world's top media and communications departments.

- You'll be taught by leading names in media, communications and cultural studies.

- We concentrate on high quality lectures and small group work, and all our teaching takes place on one purpose-built site.

- On practice modules you'll be taught by industry professionals engaged in TV, film, journalism, radio, photography, scriptwriting, short fiction, illustration, interactive media and animation.

- You'll have access to industry-standard practice facilities, including TV/film, radio and photography studios, digital video and audio editing suites, and animation software and hardware.

- Our close links to the media industry bring you into regular contact with media professionals. You will have the opportunity to apply for an internship in the media as part of the course.

- We regularly host debates and talks by international figures in media and cultural research and the media industry; recent guests have included Danny Boyle, Gurinder Chadha and Noel Clark.

- You'll be taught alongside students from all over the world and with diverse cultural experiences that enrich the department and the learning experience.

- You'll develop skills that you can use throughout your career whether in the media industries or elsewhere. Our recent graduates are now working as television producers, news readers, editors, journalists etc... Others have gone into a whole range of careers such as research, teaching and law.

- We're ranked third in the UK for the quality and impact of our research (Research Excellence Framework), which means that by studying in the department you'll be working alongside academics who are leaders in their fields.

Please note the BA Media and Communications only accepts applications for first year entry.

Modules

The degree consists of 50% media theory and 50% media practice. We aim to provide an inspirational learning experience in which theory and practice influence and enrich each other in the production of original creative and intellectual work.

Far more than just a media degree this programme incorporates philosophical perspectives on technology and human life as well as sociological approaches to media production.

We look at issues of identity through critical race studies, queer theory and critiques of post-feminism. We investigate global screen cultures and also the role of news in democracy. All of this, together with critical, creative practice in production equips our students to be the thinking media practitioners of the future.

Year 1 (credit level 4)
Media Theory - this element introduces you to the study of verbal and visual languages, and encourages you to assess changes in the media. You'll be acquainted with debates surrounding the term 'culture', and will look at how experiences of gender, age and race affect our understanding of the concept. You'll also examine various media texts, and take a module that will address theories of society and approaches to the modern state as they relate to media.

You take the following compulsory 15 credit modules:
Media History and Politics
Culture and Cultural Studies
Key Debates in Media Studies
Film and the Audiovisual: Theory and Analysis
Media Arts

Media Practice - Compulsory media practice modules include an introduction to five of the media practices on offer, and your first media production option, in which you’ll work on a small-scale project.

Year 2 (credit level 5)
Media Theory - you take theory modules covering a range of approaches to the study of communications and the media. You'll look at theories of postmodernity, identity and globalisation; be introduced to differing psychological perspectives on the analysis of culture and communications; consider cultural theory; and investigate concepts of audience.

You take the following core modules:
Psychology, Subjectivity and Power
Media, Modernity and Social Thought

And a choice of two 15 credit option modules. Options offered recently have included:
Culture, Society and the Individual
Moving Image and Spectatorship
Money, Society, and Culture
Media, Memory and Conflict
Television and After

Media Practice - Practice modules introduce you to media production in a different area to the one you studied in year one. You'll apply production skills in the creation of small-scale projects, and develop critical skills through the analysis of examples and of work produced in each area. You then choose a practice area in which to specialise.

You take: Media Production Option 2

Year 3 (credit level 6)
Media Theory - you can choose any combination of options to the value of 60 credits. Options offered recently have included:
Structure of Contemporary Political Communication
Race, Empire and Nation
The City and Consumer Culture
Music as Communication and Creative Practice
Embodiment and Experience
Media Law and Ethics
Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures
Promotional Culture
Politics of the Audiovisual
Social Media in Everyday Life
Media Geographies
Dissertation

You can also undertake a work placement as one of your option modules.

Media Practice - you undertake the research, planning and production of a major project or a portfolio of work in the practice area in which you specialised in Year 2 (60 credits).

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects and reflective essays, as well as seen and unseen written examinations.

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

TEF rating:
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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Average annual salary
87%
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Employed or in further education
42%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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