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Sheffield Hallam University

Media

UCAS Code: P300

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

Entry requirements


Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English at grade C or grade 4 or above. GCSE equivalencies are accepted.

UCAS Tariff

80

80 UCAS points, including 56 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BA Media with Foundation Year

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Media and communication studies

•Learn to conduct research, write for different audiences, and verbally present ideas with clarity.
•Engage in practical work in a range of formats such as print and broadcast media.
•Choose from a variety of optional modules to enable you to create your own degree journey.

Build your understanding of the cultural, political and economic roles of media forms, organisations and technologies in contemporary society with this modern media course. You analyse and study the workings of core media institutions and learn about key approaches for analysing media texts, and examine the general characteristics of media industries.

Learning takes place in lectures, interactive workshops, seminars and screenings, where key topics and concepts are introduced and explored. You are encouraged to work in teams and small groups as well developing an individual approach to your learning.

You learn through
•lectures
•interactive workshops
•seminars
•screenings
•essays
•examinations
•group and individual presentations
•practical work

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have completed placements with the BBC, regional newspapers, PR and advertising agencies and the voluntary sector.

Live work

Many modules on the degree make use of the Venture Matrix (a University department which sources clients for live projects) that will give you the experience of working with the media industry.

Field trips

Spend a week watching the latest releases, meeting filmmakers and people from the industry and experiencing the rich cultural life of the city on our annual field trip to the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival.

Networking opportunities

A number of industry days and events (Grad Talk, Pathways) are held on campus where students can network with and attend talks and workshops run by creative media industry professionals and organisations.

We make sure you can network and make industry connections throughout your course. Every year we have students working at Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the top three documentary film festivals in the world, attending exclusive workshops with international industry experts.

Modules

**Year one core modules** • media texts and genres • media audiences • media industries • history of media • making media 1 (radio/video) • making media 2 (writing/layout)

**Year two core modules** • media identity and representations • news media • media, politics and power • professional and academic development for media
**Year two options** • celebrity culture • applied photography • event management • global PR • radio 1 • TV 1 • feature writing and publishing 1 and 2 • documentary • work-based learning 1

**Year three** • optional placement year

**Final year core modules** applied project/dissertation • globalisation and the media • post-colonial media cultures • media technologies
**Final year options** • moral panics • alternative media • PR and power • corporate PR • communicating through photography • radio 2 • TV 2 • feature-writing and publishing 3 • work based learning 2

Assessment methods

• Examinations
• Essays
• Reports
• Electronic assessment
• Oral presentations
• Portfolio work
• Logs
• Projects

Tuition fees

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

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

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Science Technology and Art

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
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

84%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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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£16k

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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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