The media is all-pervasive. It affects, influences, reflects and analyses ever aspect of our lives.
Media Communications explores and asks fundamental questions about media, its organisation, representations, audiences and impacts and influences.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
280–320 UCAS Tariff points.
In the first year our modules will equip you with the essential critical toolkit for understanding and analysing the media and conducting media research. There is one core module, Media Today. This will involve you in examining issues such as media technologies, media influence, media ownership and regulatory issues, globalisation, media representation and media effects, together with some practical media-making work involving social networking tools.
The core module will also introduce you to some of the key methods in media research through a series of case studies including war journalism, TV audiences, news reporting, soap operas and news interviews. In addition to the core module students in the first year can take modules on television, popular media culture, digital skills and media history.
In Years 2 and 3 you’ll explore issues of media power and the everyday, examining for example the influence of media messages and the ways media are embedded in the daily lives of audiences. Other modules look at the UK magazine industry, popular music cultures and media cultures of stardom and celebrity. In the third year you will undertake the study of media audiences, together with elective modules in gender and film, media technology, computer and video games and the central role that they play in our leisure time, community media, and the reporting of panics, disasters and terrorism.
At various points in the course, students have the opportunity to engage in media production projects and to undertake work-volunteering and work placement opportunities.
Introduction to Television;
Popular Media Culture;
Before the Net: Media, History and Culture;
Media Power and Audiences*;
Commissioning and Work in the Media;
Music Cultures, Media and Markets;
Journalism and Citizenship;
Television, Representation and Gender;
Stardom and Celebrity;
Print Media Culture
Media Studies 2.0 Old and New Media;
Creative Enterprise Project;
Machinima: Virtual Filmmaking
Popular Music Journalism;
Feminist Film Criticism;
Journalism: Practice and Profession;
Media, Risk and Panic;
* Compulsory modules.
The main focus of interest for Media Communications graduates is the creative and cultural industries, which is one of the largest sectors of employment in the UK. These industries include advertising, journalism, publishing, film and film-related employments, television, radio and the heritage sector. There are also employment opportunities in local and central government and the voluntary sector.
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