BA

Media and Communication Studies

Key Facts

P300
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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The BA in Media & Communication Studies at Aberystwyth University explores who controls and owns our media, how media content is produced, and what kind of impact the media has on us as audiences. We will also introduce you to some of the key media and communication theorists and will consider how you can apply their thinking to your own study of media and communications. This degree will allow you to study in great detail the following: media fandom, advertising, news analysis, website design, digital culture, children and the media, surveillance society, language and the media, media history and policy together with creative practice experience in multi -platform production and experimental media. Your three years of study will be dynamic, invigorating and stimulating. Scroll down to find out more!

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Drama and Dance (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

95% of students agree staff are good at explaining things in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. (NSS 2019)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Media and Communication studies at Aberystwyth?

  • You will be taught and mentored by staff who are experts in the field of Media and Communication, have excellent connections to the industry, contribute to national debates on the media, and are at the forefront of research in the field.
  • Students on this course will have a deeper understanding of sociology, psychology, cultural studies, history, philosophy, linguistics and marketing.
  • Students will be taught in vibrant, modern and dynamic teaching facilities including a brand new PC lab designed to assimilate the digital media industry, digital production and editing suites.
  • Our industry links are embedded at the heart of the department with the BBC Wales, regional office and broadcast situated by the entrance.
  • Students can exploit full access to the National Sound and Screen Archive of Wales which is a stone’s through away from the Penglais campus.
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.

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.

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Making Short Films 1 FM10420 20
Studying Media FM10620 20
Studying Communication FM10720 20

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Studying Film FM10120 20
Making Short Films 2 FM11240 40
Movements In Film History FM11120 20
Studying Television FM10220 20

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
Work In The Media Industries FM23820 20
Youth Cultures FM22320 20

Employability

What opportunities are there for me?

Many of our graduates have found career paths which include:

  • Broadcasting media
  • Floor managers
  • Camera operators
  • Producers and directors
  • Marketing
  • Media Planning
  • Education
  • Public relations

What will I get from my degree?

Employability is at the heart of our teaching. We encourage our students by:

  • Inviting guest speakers to our campus
  • Taking part in activities by BAFTA and other media bodies
  • Obtaining work experience with the BBC, Tinopolis and other media organisations.

On completion of this degree, our students become: 

  • Effective communicators
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experienced in professional equipment and facilities, including professional cameras and sound equipment, industry-standard software, professional TV studio, editing lab, postproduction suite, cinema, grading and dubbing suite, three rehearsal studios, and costume & wardrobe facilities

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn? 

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 may explore:

  • Relationship between media forms, media institutions and society
  • The links between established media theory and contemporary approaches to new media
  • The links between classic and contemporary debates in communication
  • The research relating to modes of communication between radio, press, advertising, mobile phone technologies and the internet
  • Key concepts and techniques of media production, directing, cinematography, editing

In your second year,  you may discover: 

  • Specific histories, traditions and roles to each medium
  • Television production
  • Broadcasting history
  • Experimental media production
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Videogames
  • Scriptwriting

In your final year, you can choose to: 

  • Undertake independent research resulting in a dissertation 
  • Produce experimental or documentary films 
  • Study videogames, TV, gender, media law, semiotics or experimental cinema

How will I be taught?

Our programme is taught by lecture- workshops allowing for the best interaction and active engagement. In addition, we deliver this programme through seminars, group-based project work, screenings and technical demonstrations

You will be assessed through:

  • Individual and group-based film and video projects
  • Research projects
  • Production diaries, reflective journals and blogs
  • Seminar presentations and pitches

Further information:

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

I have chosen this course as I have always been interested in global media and international relations. Studying Media at Aberystwyth University has developed my knowledge of these fascinating areas. Thanks to this complex programme which covers various topics connected with media and the sphere of communication I've improved my skills in the field of journalism and advertising. Long hours spent doing research for essays were not wasted. Modules such as Advertising were purely amazing in terms of broadening my knowledge of this exciting field as well as developing my own creativity in designing advertising campaigns. This course was a pleasure, not a duty for me. It's perfect for those with 100 ideas/min. The approach to students is unconventional here - it's all about clever thinking! Agata Monika Kielek

Communication is a course that it is an interesting one, even though it may sound a bit dull. Through lectures we talk about things that makes you snap your fingers and say: 'That was so obvious, but still no-one was conscious about it'. I love the fact that we are able to analyze the way our eye moves when we were asked a question about a photograph. What does the eye look for when asked the question: 'When was this photo taken?'. Sounds simple, but it's a totally new way of seeing ordinary things. All in all, the course is amazing, the teacher is amazing and makes everything interactive. As an international student I was able to understand him and the message he wanted to transmit to his students every week. I could call this course simple, but complicated; or in one word, lovely. Andrada Florentina Dumitrescu

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

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. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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