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University of Greenwich

Media and Communications

UCAS Code: P390

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

Typically you will have 3 A-levels but we also interview students with: A Foundation Diploma in Art & Design; EDEXCEL / BTEC National Diploma in graphic design, or A related subject. You will also require GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above (for pre-2017 GCSEs, grade 4 equates to C grade).

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Media studies

Like it or not, media is an ever-present force in our lives. Whether we're consuming the traditional forms of media – television, newspapers or radio – or newer, more immediate forms – such as Facebook video, blogs, memes or podcasts.

**What will I learn?**

The BA Media & Communications combines the cultivation of critical thinking, research and writing with real-life media research and production skills.

The overarching aim of the programme is for students to gain both theoretical and practical grasp of media and communications as an area of intellectual, creative and professional practice not limited to one particular industry.

You will develop a practical and theoretical understanding of the media and creative industries. You will cultivate skills relating to storytelling and practices of representation in audio-visual media and transmedia. You will study media theory, history, media technologies, creative cultures, institutions, content and audiences.

You will learn to write for different kinds of media, use cameras, sound recording equipment and post-production/editing technologies.

Placement options in Year 3 enable students to gain work experience at businesses and organizations across the media and creative industries.

**Why Greenwich?**

This degree is taught at the brand new Stockwell Street building, featuring state-of-the-art studios, workshops, and teaching spaces fully equipped with the latest learning technology. It's also home to the public-facing Stephen Lawrence Gallery in which you'll have opportunities to exhibit your work. You will have access to a wide range of software, hardware, video and audio equipment, and be taught to use it to a professional standard by staff with extensive industry experience.

Not only is Greenwich a serene and magnificent place to study, it's also close to Canary Wharf, the East End and the city – making this an ideal location for work experience. Throughout the programme, there are guest talks given by distinguished speakers from industry – often based in Canary Wharf or the East End's creative hubs.

The Design Roast is an open discussion group for anyone interested in creative design practices and theories of cross-disciplinarity, interactive design, new media technologies, visual communication and philosophies of the state-of-the current and future design.

Student work is often exhibited at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery which is on the campus – a great chance for you to showcase your work.velopment, production and post-production.

**Employability**

This course will prepare you to be among the content creators and creative entrepreneurs of tomorrow. It will prepare you for employment in professional communications, including social media and marketing communications, as well as all types of journalism and creative content making.

Employers of our graduates include media agencies, publishers, independent production companies, broadcasters, and businesses with a significant public-facing online presence.

Many graduates go into postgraduate study, and a number of alumni work as freelance media professionals or have their own businesses.

**What opportunities are there to study abroad?**

The Erasmus Programme is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme available for students and provides a grant towards the cost of studying aboard. We have a dedicated placement team who will support students in finding work placements and internships as well as giving students practical advice on writing CVs and preparing for interviews and assessment centres. Students will also have the option of working with other Greenwich students on real world applications for clients as part of our GWizards project.

Modules

**Year 1**

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

* Media Technologies (30 credits)
* Visual Culture (30 credits)
* Writing for the Media (30 credits)
* Creative Communications (30 credits)

**Year 2**

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

* Datascapes (30 credits)
* Communications Research (30 credits)
* Media Context (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options:

* Making and Curating (30 credits)
* Documentary Practice (30 credits)
* Sound and Image (30 credits)
* Independent Filmmaking Practices (30 credits)
* Writing for the Screen (30 credits)
* Writing Journalism for the Digital Age (30 credits)

**Year 3**

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

* Working in Creative Industries (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options:

* Advanced Projects (60 credits);
* Dissertation (60 credits).

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options:

* Creative Industries Placement (30 credits)
* Film/Memory (30 credits)
* Transmedia (30 credits)
* Screen/Writing (30 credits)
* Digital Journalism in Practice (30 credits)
* Mediated Environments (30 credits)

Assessment methods

Students are assessed through examinations and coursework, including:

* Essays
* Dissertation
* Practical project
* Presentations.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Greenwich Maritime (University Campus)

Department:

Creative Professions and Digital 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.

81%
high
Media 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
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

88%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
49%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate
328

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.

92%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Media professionals
9%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, and employing thousands of new graduates every year, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic — this is a highly-sought after industry 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 much the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2015, one in five grads entering the film industry, and one in four getting jobs in TV or film production had a media studies degree) and they’re more likely to be in crucial roles directing, producing, or operating sound or video equipment, or in media research or marketing roles. Self-employment and freelancing is more common than for most degrees, so that may be something to prepare for.

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