Investigate all aspects of media theory and practice, from broadcast media to cyberspace. Develop your practical skills and your knowledge to become an all-round professional in today’s fast-moving media.
Our BA (Hons) Media Studies degree combines creative practice and critical thinking. You will engage with a wide range of ideas central to understanding our 21st century media environment.
Central to your studies will be critical approaches to media, technology, culture, and identity. You’ll explore current issues around our data driven society through modules in digital media theory and law, culture and technology.
Television studies will also feature prominently, as well as modules that theorise popular culture and examine music, society and culture. You’ll learn to analyse and debate the latest theories and discover the impact of media on all our lives. In particular, our Online Journalism module will allow you to combine both the practical and theoretical frameworks to understand the ethical responsibility of journalism in a 'post-truth' age.
On our optional modules you can explore your interests or specialise your knowledge for a particular career, with topics including digital publishing (building apps), documentary filmmaking, radio production, animation, and computer coding. You’ll also have the opportunity to carry out a work placement, or produce a commissioned product, in the area of your choice.
On all of our modules, you will work with industry-standard equipment and software, including both PC and Macintosh computers with the full range of Adobe software including Premiere, Photoshop and After Effects.
The media is central to today's global and interconnected society. We’ll help you make connections in an industry that influences politics, economics and the rest of our culture. We also have a Facebook Group dedicated to helping you find work experience on film and video projects - ask your Course Leader for more details.
Course Leader: Neil Henderson
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I have truly enjoyed most of the modules, and I feel that many of them are highly relevant for what I want to do when I finish my degree
Our BA (Hons) Media Studies will help you prepare for many media-related roles, including broadcasting, film, video or television production, media consultancy, journalism, public relations and advertising. You’ll also pick up skills for other professions that require an understanding of the media, including web design and publishing.
You might also decide to continue onto a Masters course, such as our MA Film and Television Production.
Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies such as Cambridge Style Magazine, London Studios, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Sookio, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, C4B Media, Local Secrets, Anthill Networks, Cubiqdesign, the River Group, Zi-FM, CSV Media Clubhouse, Zing Corporate Events, and Cam FM.
These placements could form part of your assessed work and, for many previous students, have led directly to employment.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress through many different methods that reflect the range of skills required by employers. Your assignments might include case studies, critical essays, screenplays, journals, film reviews and analyses, presentations, and a portfolio of practical work, as well as ‘hands on’ assignments such as internet, print and video production / commissions.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You’ll have access to the kind of equipment you can expect to work with in the professional media industry, including film and television studios, HD cameras and 16mm film cameras, Final Cut Pro editing suites, Steenbecks for 16mm editing, animation rostrum cameras, multimedia studios, screening theatres and radio suites.
We organise and attend many extra-curricular activities, including Film Festivals such as Cambridge and Watersprite, industry guest speakers and field trips. You’ll also be able to join student societies, such as the Film Viewing Society and Media: Next Move Arts, which organise their own events.
You can apply to spend one semester in years 2 or 3 studying at Ramapo University in New Jersey, USA; Roskilde University in Denmark; or CEU San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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