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Sheffield Hallam University

Media

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Bachelor of Arts - BA

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in an art and design-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Normally GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above

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

MMM

Relevant subjects are • media studies • communication studies • film studies • English • creative writing • a foreign language • sociology • politics • history • psychology • accountancy/finance • business/economics • hospitality/events management • dance/performing arts • drama/theatre studies • geography • art and design • graphic design • IT/computing • music/music technology • sciences • sport • world development.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

Achieved by 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant subject. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies. Or • 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant subject. We accept General Studies Relevant subjects are • media studies • communication studies • film studies • English • creative writing • a foreign language • sociology • politics • history • psychology • accountancy/finance • business/economics • hospitality/events management • dance/performing arts • drama/theatre studies • geography • art and design • graphic design • IT/computing • music/music technology • sciences • sport • world development.

About this course


Course option

6.0years

Part-time | 2021

Subject

Media and communication studies

What you study

On this course you combine academic theory and practical application, giving you a well-rounded understanding of the media and the technical and social skills to gain a job in the creative industries.

No two students have the same experience on this course. In addition to key modules which all students study, the wide variety of optional modules means you create your own degree journey based on which areas you are interested in. This offers the flexibility to study and explore different aspects of the media sector and decide where you want to work in the future, or if you already know exactly what career you want you can tailor the course to specialise in that area.

Everything you learn is backed up by practical examples from the industry. For example, on our storytelling module you learn how stories are developed for different media forms, before critiquing a real TV pilot as a script consultant and eventually developing your own story and practising pitching your idea to commissioners.

Throughout the course, you build your understanding of the cultural, political and economic roles of media forms, organisations and technologies in contemporary society. You also learn to effectively conduct research, write for different audiences, verbally present ideas with clarity and confidence, and work both individually and in teams.

You analyse and study the workings of core media institutions and learn about key approaches for analysing media texts. You also examine the general characteristics of media industries, such as the trend towards conglomeration and convergence.

Key areas include • analysing media texts • media representations • news media • media and politics • media technologies • media audiences • postcolonial media • media industries • globalisation and the media • broadcast media • media writing, design and layout.

Expertise

You are taught by a team of media industry professionals who have worked in radio, newspapers, TV and film. They have an open door policy, so if you have any queries or need some help you can speak to your tutor or supervisor. In the National Student Survey our students described their tutors as supportive, enthusiastic and inspiring.

Your lecturers also carry out research projects into different aspects of the media. Recently our tutors have worked with drama schools to improve the training of actors for TV work, explored the relationship between race and the media, investigated media fan practices, and studied global media developments. This kind of research feeds into your teaching, giving you the latest thinking in this fast-moving industry.

We regularly welcome high-profile guest lecturers from industry and academia. Recent speakers have included cult media expert Professor Matt Hills, who gave a talk on Doctor Who, and former Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere, who is a graduate from this course. We also hold an annual event where recent students come and talk about their experiences of work since graduating.

Work experience

You will have opportunities for work experience throughout your course. Using our strong links with the creative and media industries, we will help you find work in your chosen field, from script development to market research. Previous students have completed work experience with • the BBC • regional newspapers • PR and advertising agencies • the voluntary sector.

We make sure you can network and make industry connections throughout your course. Every year we have students working at Sheffield Doc/Fest – one of the top three documentary film festivals in the world – attending exclusive workshops with international industry experts.

We also run an annual field trip to the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival. Spend a week watching the latest releases, meeting filmmakers and people from the industry and experiencing the rich cultural life of the city.

Modules

Level one core modules:- media texts and genres • media audiences • media industries • history of media • making media 1 (radio/video) • making media 2 (writing/layout)

Level two core modules:- media identity and representations • news media • media, politics and power • professional and academic development for media

Level two options:- celebrity culture • storytelling • applied photography • event management • global PR • radio 1 • TV 1 • feature writing and publishing 1 and 2 • documentary • work-based learning 1

Level three core modules:- applied project/dissertation • globalisation and the media • post-colonial media cultures • media technologies

Level three options:- moral panics • alternative media • media, science, environment • PR and power • corporate PR • communicating through photography • radio 2 • TV 2 • feature-writing and publishing 3 • work based learning 2

Assessment methods

• examinations
• essays
• reports
• electronic assessment
• oral presentations
• portfolio work
• logs
• projects

Tuition fees

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International
£13,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

TEF rating:
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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.

77%
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 and communication studies

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

84%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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 and communication 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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
20%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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 and communication studies

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

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£20k

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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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