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Birkbeck, University of London

Media and Culture

UCAS Code: 1F27

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

104

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2019

4 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Media and communication studies

Are you fascinated by our constantly changing contemporary media and culture? Do you want to develop yourself into an independent thinker capable of negotiating rapid shifts in the media and creative industries today? During this course, you will be challenged not only to think about media but to also think through media by engaging directly with digital and traditional media forms.

The BA Media and Culture gives you important insight into the world where media permeates almost every aspect of our lives. You will explore core topics in media studies, such as social media, mobile technology, film, television and journalism. At the same time, you will have a chance to develop a working understanding of how media impacts fields such as arts, curating, design, education, literature, museums, performance, politics and activism.

This course is your opportunity to learn about cutting-edge academic perspectives, while also developing skills and knowledge in applied media practice. It will help you develop a broad and highly transferable understanding of media culture suited to our twenty-first-century context.

Highlights

- Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

- The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies offers an extensive portfolio of internationally respected courses that engage with the latest ideas and techniques in media and cultural theory, arts policy and management, film and television studies, journalism, creative marketing and digital media.

- Learn from leading academic researchers in the field such as Scott Rodgers, Joel McKim, Silke Arnold-de Simine, Andrew Asibong, Justin Schlosberg and Tim Markham. Acquire up-to-date skills and knowledge from experienced industry practitioners at the heart of London's global media industry.

- Attend our dynamic programme of seminars, events and guest lectures organised by affiliated research centres and networks such as Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture, the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology.

- Make yourself at home in our Bloomsbury campus, which includes facilities such as the award-winning Birkbeck Cinema, computer labs equipped with video editing, print layout and web design software packages, and The Newsroom, home to The Lamp and Owl, Birkbeck’s magazine produced by and for students.

- The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Modules

In Year 1, you take one compulsory module, two core modules and choose one option module at Level 4.

In Year 2, you take two compulsory modules and choose two option modules at Level 5.

In Year 3, you choose three option modules at Level 6. You also complete a Final-Year Project, either: an extended piece of supervised research on a topic of your choice (8000 words); or a practice-based project which combines a well-defined media practice component with a critical practice essay.

Assessment methods

Essays and a range of alternative and creative methods of assessment, including writing exercises, audio/visual productions, blogging, mind maps, conceptual representations and digital media projects.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,675
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Film, Media and Cultural 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.

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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

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

91%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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Media and communication studies

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