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Aberystwyth University

Media and Communication Studies

UCAS Code: P300

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-C,C,C

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-26

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

DDM-MMM

UCAS Tariff

96-120

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Media and communication studies

The BA in Media & Communication Studies at Aberystwyth University explores who controls and owns our media, how media content is produced, and what kind of impact media has on us as audiences. We will also introduce you to some of the key media and communication theorists and will consider how you can apply their thinking to your own study of media and communications. This degree will allow you to study in great detail the following: media fandom, advertising, news analysis, website design, digital culture, children and the media, surveillance society, language and the media, media history and policy together with creative practice experience in multi -platform production and experimental media. Your three years of study will be dynamic, invigorating and stimulating.

You will be taught and mentored by staff who are expert in the field of Media and Communication, have excellent connections to the industry, contribute to national debates on the media, and are at the forefront of research in the field. Students on this course will have a deeper understanding of sociology, psychology, cultural studies, history, philosophy, linguistics and marketing. Students will be taught in vibrant, modern and dynamic teaching facilities including a brand new PC lab designed to assimilate the digital media industry, digital production and editing suites. Our industry links are embedded at the heart of the department with the BBC Wales, regional office and broadcast situated by the entrance. Students can exploit full access to the National Sound and Screen Archive of Wales which is a stone’s through away from the Penglais campus.

This programme is taught by lectures, seminars and workshops allowing for the best interaction and active engagement. In addition, we deliver this programme through group-based project work, screenings and technical demonstrations You will be assessed through: Group-devised productions; Individual film and video projects; Research projects; Practical analyses; Production diaries; Creative script-writing; Formal essays and examinations.

The three years of this degree will cover the relationship between media forms, media institutions and society, the links between established media theory and contemporary approaches to new media, key concepts and techniques of media production, directing, cinematography, editing, broadcasting history, journalism, advertising, script-writing. In your final year you will have the opportunity to produce, direct and edit a short video which can be experimental, documentary or narrative fiction.

Employability is at the heart of our teaching. We encourage our students by; Inviting guest speakers to our campus; Taking part in activities by the Media Skills Academy and Creative Skillset of which we are a member and accredited by; Obtaining work experience with the BBC, Fiction Factory and Boom Pictures. Many of our graduates have found career paths which include: Broadcasting media; Floor managers; Camera operators; Producers and directors; Marketing; Media Planning; Education; Public relations.

Modules

In your first year you will explore the relationship between media forms, media institutions and society; the links between established media theory and contemporary approaches to new media; the links between classic and contemporary debates in communication. You will research relating to modes of communication between radio, press, advertising, mobile phone technologies and the internet. In your second you will discover specific histories, traditions and roles to each medium; particulary in television production, Broadcasting history, Experimental media production, Website design, Surveillance technologies, Journalism, Advertising and Scriptwriting. In your final year you will have the opportunity to produce, direct, edit a short video which can be experimental, documentary or narrative fiction. The best work will be entered for the Royal Television Society Student Video Awards.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£13,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies

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 studies

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

89%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


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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.

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Employed or in further education
97%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Teaching and educational professionals
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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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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