BA

Information Studies and Media

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Key Facts

PP13
  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 96

  • Course Length

    3 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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The BA Information Studies & Media degree seeks to introduce you to the information and digital aspects of the management and business environment. The course aims to meet the challenges of a world in which the creation, use, management and impact of digital content and information technology are increasingly important. Information and data are key to life in the 21st century - in the workplace, in business, in the public and private sectors and in the management of everyday life issues such as education and health. In the online world, understanding the different types of information available, how it is organised, discovered, used and evaluated, is key to any successful endeavour in the realm of business and beyond.

The Information Studies & Media degree has received professional accreditation from CILIP: the library and information association.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Drama and Dance (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Communication and Media Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Librarianship and Information Management (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Overview

The BA Information Studies & Media will introduce you to fundamental aspects of Information Management and Media as an important subject area and career path in its own right. It is combined with a solid grounding in Media Studies, giving you core skills and understanding in the areas of media, communications and the broadcasting environments.

Information Management students will be taught by experts in their field, in departments with well-established international reputations in teaching and research; studying in a town with a rich information history and range of cultural organisations with which the Department has close links.

Our Staff

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

Department of Information Management, Libraries & Archives lecturers are either qualified to PhD level or work in areas of the subject where professional practices are the focus. Many of the staff engage in research relevant to the theoretical and practical development of the discipline and the associated professions.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Effective Communication IL10520 20
Foundations of Information Studies IL10120 20
Studying Communication FM10720 20
Studying Media FM10620 20
Studying Television FM10220 20
The Archival Inheritance IL11120 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advertising FM21920 20
Creative Documentary FM26520 20
Creative Studio FM25420 20
Digital Culture FM25520 20
LGBT Screens FM20120 20
Media, Politics and Power FM22620 20
Stardom and Celebrity FM21320 20
Television Genre FM20620 20
Television History FM26220 20
Youth Cultures FM22320 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Contemporary TV Drama FM30320 20
Experimental Cinema FM34520 20
Experimental Media Production FM33540 40
Gender and the Media FM38320 20
Independent Research Project FM36000
Media Law FM36720 20
Media Semiotics FM34120 20
Television History FM36220 20
Videogame Theories FM38420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

This integrated degree draws on two strongly related subject areas and will equip you to develop a career in a range of professions within the world of business or information management in the private or public sectors. Or, you may feel inspired to go on to further study, and take one of our professionally accredited courses in Information and Library Studies or Digital Curation.

Learning & Teaching

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you will be introduced to:

  • Basic skills in Information Studies
  • Key concepts for studying Media and Television
  • Methodologies for effective communication
  • Understanding archives

In your second and third years you will explore:

  • Storing and accessing digital information resources
  • How recordkeeping has changed over time
  • How heritage organisations manage their collections

Choose from a long list of option modules including:

  • Digital Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Media Law
  • Media Semiotics
  • Studying Videogames
  • Experimental Media Production
  • Documentary Production.

How will I be taught?

A wide variety of teaching methods are used. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and practical classes. High quality teaching and supervision will enable you to realise your full potential. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and work on projects both individually and in groups.

A number of different types of assessment are used throughout the undergraduate programme. In addition to essays and written exams, you will give individual and group presentations. You will receive constructive feedback on all coursework assignments.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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