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Coventry University

Media and Communications

UCAS Code: P910

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

The Access to HE Diploma. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

to include English at Higher level.

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

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UCAS Tariff

112

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91%
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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Media and communication studies

This degree is focused on preparing our graduates to be key players in the contemporary world of digital citizenship, ready to act as both professional producers of and critical consumers of media and cultural products.

This course has a distinctive international scope, which enables you to study, gain professional experience and take part in research projects abroad. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of contemporary issues facing a wide range of media, cultural and communication industries, exploring key historical developments and a broad range of theoretical approaches.

Responding to the shifting patterns of this fast-paced industry, in particular the widespread use of everyday digital media technologies and rapid growth of social media, you will focus on the emerging areas of screen, social, open and mobile media, alongside the rapidly transforming established media. You’ll also have access to our extensive specialist resources, including video and photography studios, industry-standard software suites, radio studios, specialist IT facilities and our dedicated ‘digital media lab’.

From the outset, we aim to foster your critical thinking, to develop your technical, creative, reflective and analytical abilities, giving you a thorough grounding in research, software and design skills, as well as the project management and professional skills needed in this ever-expanding sector.

You’ll be taught by passionate staff that makes the subject interesting by combining cutting-edge academic research and real life experience. With expertise spanning from Film Studies, Media histories and theories to Cross Cultural analysis, they have worked as Journalists, Digital Marketing and PR specialists, and Community Development for local and international organisations.

**Key Course Benefits**
* Meet experts in new media and traditional media with past guest speakers including Jon Snow from Channel 4 News and Johnny Fewings from Universal Pictures.

* Dedicated and flexible creative learning environments, media spaces and industry-focused studios, featuring The Tank, our purpose built, industry-standard TV studio.

* Opportunity to review our world cinema premieres in association with East Winds Festival, and use social networks, blogs and mobile media to make your views heard around the world.Study abroad at one of our many international partners, which include Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (ZUMC) in China, Jean Moulin University, Lyon, France, and UCSC Milan in Italy.

* Access to high standard professional media equipment via our Media Loan Shop, including prosumer media equipment (i.e. 4K and HD video cameras, DSLR cameras, tripods, audio equipment, lighting – Canon, JVC, Sony).

* All of our students are issued a laptop to be used in line with the 24/7 mobile learning scheme, and pre-loaded with the last suite of industry-standard software Adobe Creative Cloud, Office 365 along with 1TB of cloud storage.

* Significant links with a wide variety of employers and media practitioners, such as Phoenix Cinema, Electronic Arts and EA Games, many of whom offer professional experience opportunities in the form of placements (dependant on successful application).

Modules

Your main study themes are:

**Media and communication**: Introduces you to the importance and use of a number of fundamental concepts within the broad fields of media analysis and production to understand how meaning within media objects has been produced, consumed and interpreted. These may include: institution, identity, contexts of production, audience, narrative and genre, critical refection. The meaning and significance of these concepts will be explored through a range of methods, including case studies, seminar discussions and individual exercises illustrating their development, conventional use and potential limitations.

**Contemporary theories in media and communications**: You will explore the key theoretical paradigms that have shaped and informed the character of contemporary themes, issues and debate within the field of study of culture and media. We look at how particular approaches to the analysis of culture, media and communication, such as Feminism and gender, race and class have emerged and attained saliency historically.

**Critical media methods**: You will learn a range of research skills, including source acquisition, archival searching, close-reading of texts, critical review of published sources, media form interpretation, data/evidence analysis, discussion and argumentation.

**Living in a digital world**: You will gain practical experience working with a variety of contemporary digital media and cultural forms, ranging from moving image production, photography, sound and music production to text-based online publications. We will consider how the new forms of ‘prosumption’ involved in the creation and uses of these artefacts affect conventional conceptions of such things as ‘audience’, ‘institutional context’, the political economy of media and concepts such as ideology, meaning and pleasure in a new digital world, ‘playbour’ and ‘prize economics’.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Media and Performing Arts

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.

65%
low
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
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

90%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
45%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

57%
UK students
43%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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 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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Media 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.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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