What students say about media studies
The course content is very much directed by you after the first year, in which you cover a theoretical base of media studies as well as completing modules in six different practical areas: radio, TV, digital media, design, script (film production) and photography. The assessment is based on practical projects and essays depending on the module this be one or the other or some amount of both, but there are no exams. With practical assessments there is also generally a lot of paper work to be completed as with any professional project, which is a good thing as this is how the media industries work but is something many students fall down on.2nd year, University of Lincoln
I study media and communications and really like it. We don't have too many hours a week, which can seem very little at first but proves useful once the hard work starts on production. The practical parts of the course ask for personal work and ideas and a lot of self-motivation, but are really rewarding. In terms of theory classes, I enjoyed most classes and especially the chance we had to be taught by some big names of the media studies world. The assessed work is a mix of essays for theory classes and production portfolios for practice classes, giving students a good chance to find something they enjoy and are good at.2nd year, Goldsmiths, University of London
I have really enjoyed the course as the teaching is very relevant to the media industry and also the working world, allowing us to develop useful skills which will be transferable into the world of work. Through my first year, I feel I have gained a deeper understanding of the world of media, improved my writing skills and been given the opportunity to explore my interests further.1st year, Bournemouth University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- English literature and language
- Media studies
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Artistic, literary and media occupations
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Video editor
- Special effects technician
- Sound recordist
Other real-life job examples
- Public relations officer
- Broadcasting production assistant
- Multimedia designer
What employers like about this subject
A media studies degree will give you the opportunity to learn a range of subject-specific skills. They may include an understanding of the business models of media organisations; how media and culture influence one another and a practical grounding in different forms of media production, from print to audio-visual production. Transferable skills you can gain from media studies degrees include research skills, communication skills, team-working, time management, critical thinking, project management and self-motivation, and these skills are sought after by employers from industries such as film, publishing, television, public relations, radio, design and computing.