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Goldsmiths, University of London

Media and Communications

UCAS Code: P300
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

58%

Subjects
  • Media studies
Student score
79% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Scottish Highers
BBBBC

Scottish Advanced Highers
BBC

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
33

Including 3 Higher Level subjects

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

58%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

By bringing together media practice and communications theory, this degree covers a broad spectrum of critical perspectives on the media, and introduces a range of contemporary media practices. You will study in one of the UK's and the world's top media and communications departments. You'll be taught by leading names in media, communications and cultural studies. We concentrate on high quality lectures and small group work, and all our teaching takes place on one purpose-built site. On practice modules you'll be taught by industry professionals engaged in TV, film, journalism, radio, photography, scriptwriting, short fiction, illustration, interactive media and animation. You'll have access to industry-standard practice facilities, including TV/film, radio and photography studios, digital video and audio editing suites, and animation software and hardware. Our close links to the media industry bring you into regular contact with media professionals. You will have the opportunity to apply for an internship in the media as part of the course. We regularly host debates and talks by international figures in media and cultural research and the media industry; recent guests have included Danny Boyle, Gurinder Chadha and Noel Clark. You'll be taught alongside students from all over the world and with diverse cultural experiences that enrich the department and the learning experience. You'll develop skills that you can use throughout your career whether in the media industries or elsewhere. Our recent graduates are now working as television producers, news readers, editors, journalists etc... Others have gone into a whole range of careers such as research, teaching and law.

Modules

Media practice: Induction course introduces production options: television; radio; journalism; video graphics and animation; illustration; photography; scriptwriting with prose writing. 2 options are selected at end of 1st term and followed in 2nd term of 1st year and 1st term of 2nd year; in 2nd term of 2nd year, an advanced course is taken; in the 3rd year, production work is completed in the same medium. Communications theory: Combines theoretical perspectives from anthropology, cultural studies, economics, history, psychology and sociology; courses include: communications and signification; media history and politics; culture and cultural studies; representation and textual analysis; society, culture and communication. Year 2: courses include: culture and communication; psychology of communications; contemporary issues in the cultural industries. Year 3: 4 courses are chosen from a range, 1 of which can be a dissertation; options include: music as communication; media, nation, ethnicity; contemporary cultural practices; political economy of the media.

Goldsmiths, University of London

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At Goldsmiths we offer undergraduate opportunities in subjects covering the arts and humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, and entrepreneurial business and management. Goldsmiths is located in New Cross, south-east London. Vibrant, urban and with great transport connections to Central London, it's an ideal base for experiencing and enjoying the capital.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
20%
80%

Year 1

18%
82%

Year 2

17%
83%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
100%

Year 1

100%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 81%
Student score 79% MED
Able to access IT resources

78%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

83%

Feedback on work has been helpful

64%

Feedback on work has been prompt

75%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

59%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
53% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
70% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
370 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
91% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
17% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

6%

Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

16%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic – some parts of the industry have struggled during the recession and jobs are amongst the most competitive around. If you want to be a star in front of the camera or in print, you might want to look at other options. Media studies graduates are the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2012, one in seven grads entering the media had a media studies degree) but they’re more likely to be directing, or operating sound or video equipment, or researching.
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