BA

Media and History

Key Facts

Code P3V1
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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The BA in Media and History and Aberystwyth University enables you to learn the strategic and structural components of the media industry while at the same time exploring periods and events in History that have shaped our society. The combination of Media and History is a perfect combination of analysing and understanding how historic events and eras have moulded the media industry. The History component of this degree will allow you to place the past in perspective, and equip you with the analytical skills of interpretation, analysis and communication that are both vital in everyday life and highly sought after by employers. The Media component of this degree will allow you to study in great detail the following: advertising, news analysis, website design, digital culture surveillance society, gender 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.

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*)

96% overall student satisfaction for the Department of History and Welsh History. (NSS 2019)

99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 6% more than Historical & Philosophical studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study BA Media and History at Aberystwyth University? 

The course 

Taught by two departments (the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies and the Department of History and Welsh History), you will have an opportunity 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. 

The History element will expose you to the various areas and time-periods in History which include Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Europe (1000-1800), The Modern Word, 1789 to the present; People, Power and Identity in Wales 1200-1999, Image Wars in Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century propaganda; Interpreting the contemporary heritage of the British isles (1960-1980). 

 Facilities

At Aberystwyth University, our students benefit from our strategic closeness to the National Library of Wales. This is a copyright library which houses every book that has been published in the United Kingdom. In addition, it also home to National Sound and Screen Archive of Wales and will be home to the new National Broadcast Archive of Wales which are valuable resources for your research. 

The University’s Centre for Media History, established in 2005, is an internationally-renowned centre which is also home to the international journal, Media History. 

On the University campus, our facilities include the Hugh Owen Library which is open 24/7, the Students’ Union, the Sports Centre and the Arts Centre which has close and deep links with the departments of Theatre, Film and Television Studies and the department of English and Creative Writing. The multitude of facilities on Penglais campus ensures that your student experience is memorable and exceptional. 

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies has strong links with external industry, these include the BBC Wales which houses it regional office in the heart of the Department, Boom Cymru, Avanti, Arad Goch and the Mid-Wales Arts Centre. The Department itself is modern, vibrant and has all the latest teaching facilities that media student requires, this includes a brand-new PC lab designed to assimilate the digital media industry, digital production and editing suits, a viewing cinema, a television studio and modern learning spaces.

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 History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

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
History For Life * HY12320 20
Introduction To History * HY12120 20
Studying Communication FM10720 20
Studying Media FM10620 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Europe And The World, 1000-2000 HY12420 20
Introduction To Media Production (semester 2) FM10520 20
Medieval And Early Modern Britain And Europe, 1000-1800 HY11420 20
People, Power And Identity: Wales 1200-1999 WH11720 20
Studying Television FM10220 20
The Modern World, 1789 To The Present HY11820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

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; Obtaining work experience with the BBC, Fiction Factory and Boom Pictures. 

On completion of this degree, our students become;  Effective communicators; Able to work independently and as part of a team; Experience in industrial equipment such as three camera high definition digital television studios, over 40 high definition digital video cameras and digital and video projection facilities. 

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Discover more about the various employment 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. 

Teaching & Learning

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 theory and principles surrounding the learner and the learning environment; 
  • New historical skills and concepts, and a comprehensive introduction to university-level study skills; 
  • New historical periods, themes and subject areas, through our wide choice of Year 1 option modules; #
  • 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 you may discover: 

  • Specific histories, traditions and roles to each medium;
  • Television production;
  • Television history;
  • The ways in which the meaning, methods and writing of history have changed over time; 
  • Insight into the historian’s craft, through practice-based seminar classes; 
  • Experimental media production;
  • Website design;
  • Surveillance technologies;
  • Journalism;
  • Advertising;
  • Scriptwriting.

In your final year you may have the opportunity to: 

  • Produce, direct, edit a short video which can be experimental, documentary or narrative fiction;
  • Historical media archive-based dissertation;
  • A special subject, in which you undertake an in-depth research, using original sources and engaging with cutting-edge scholarship; 
  • The best work will be entered for the Royal Television Society Student Video Awards.

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:
• Group-devised productions;
• Individual film and video projects;
• Research projects;
• Practical analyses;
• Production diaries;
• Creative scriptwriting;
• Formal essays;
• Examinations.

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.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

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

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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