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University of the Arts London

Contemporary Media Cultures

UCAS Code: P301

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

Entry requirements


BB at A-level. We also accept the equivalent in tariff points from other combinations of a minimum of two A-levels at grade C or higher.

80 tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

MMP in the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma.

80 tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels at grade C or higher or equivalent full Level 3 qualifications.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Media and communication studies

BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures explores what it means to study media and culture in a contemporary context and through a critical perspective. With a strong focus on key concepts in media and cultural studies, it investigates the role that media, cultural and creative processes play in shaping today’s world. This course is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant and Castle, part of University of the Arts London (UAL).

**Why choose this course at London College of Communication**

• A unique blend of theory and practice: this theory-based course helps you develop critical thinking by putting your ideas into practice through the use of digital technologies, film and photography. You’ll develop a critical understanding of different media industries.
• Personalisation: In year 1 and 2, you’ll have the chance to personalise your degree by choosing an optional unit from a course in the Media and Communications programme.
• Work experience and networking: The course prepares you for a successful career in the media industry, from photography to filmmaking, curation to digital practices, providing insights into the creative industry. The industry-based speaker series in years 2 and 3 provide students with opportunities to network with industry professionals and organisations.
• International opportunities: As part of Creative Week in Year 2, we organise a study trip to New York where you can visit various media companies and liaise with experts in the field.
• Where graduates have gone to work: A great number of our recent graduates have been accepted into prestigious Master programmes in the field of Music, Fashion, Cultural Studies and Media. Our students have found full-time positions in media, communication and arts industries.

**What can you expect?**

In this course you’ll learn how to apply critical notions of the arts, media and cultural industries to media text though the use of photography, film, and web-based platforms. You’ll also learn how to develop those critical skills necessary to analyse creative industries and various media texts. You will learn how to communicate your ideas effectively and you’ll be exposed to a highly diverse international media environment. The units on this course are designed in a way to develop your collaborative skills. With a growing interest for environmental issues at the local and global level, we’ll teach you how to navigate the dynamic social and cultural landscape through partnerships, workshops and learning activities. Further, you will learn how to establish relationships that benefit individuals, local communities, organisations and society.

**About London College of Communication**

London College of Communication is for the curious, the brave and the committed: those who want to transform themselves and the world around them. Through a diverse, world-leading community of teaching, research and partnerships with industry, we enable our students to succeed as future-facing creatives in the always-evolving design, media and screen industries. The London College of Communication experience is all about learning by doing. Our students get their hands dirty and develop their skills through the exploration of our facilities and technical spaces. Students work on live briefs and commissions, with everything from independent start-ups and charities in Southwark, through to major global companies, including Penguin, the National Trust and Royal Mail, to name a few.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£22,920
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

London College of Communication

Department:

London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

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What students say


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67%
low
Media and communication studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Media and communication studies

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
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

81%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
47%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

62%
UK students
38%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B
A*

After graduation


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Media and communication studies

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