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BA (Hons) Media and Communications

Media and Communications is a degree that emphasises the need for students to be able to participate with the ever shifting field of communication and media in the digital age. This is a critical and creative degree that is a mixture of theory and practical assessment particularly focusing on the themes of film/television studies, journalism, marketing and advertising, and mobile technologies.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS P303

Course Length:

College Full Time

Entry Requirements

Typical Offers (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM - DMM      

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of level 3 units at Merit 

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Postgraduate Pathways

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters.

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Work Placements

Second year students have the option to undertake a Work Placement and Career Development module in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

The staff team and professional associates will help these students with identifying suitable placement opportunities and provide additional support and guidance in developing employability skills that will assist in the student getting the most out of the experience and increase their future opportunities. 

Lecturers will introduce you to issues affecting employment, and your learning is supported by individual tutorials and group meetings to discuss your progress.

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Where this can take you

Alumna Profile: Emma Clarke

"Without the close tutoring and support I received whilst at the University of Chichester I would not have had the confidence and skills to pursue a career in the film industry and be currently studying Production Management at the National Film and Television School.”

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Course content

We offer a challenging and absorbing experience in the study of Media and Communications taught by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic staff.

In conjunction with a range of practical skills, students will learn how to critically analyse the way the media reflects and influences the political, personal, social and cultural landscape.The degree also offers a range of other module choices from other degrees in the department, namely: Film and Television Studies, Screenwriting, and Sports Media. This is a programme that is designed to provide critical and practical skills in preparation for work in media and creative industries. 

Throughout the degree an emphasis will be placed on students developing skills of self-reflection and personal development in readiness for the world of work.

In the second and third year there is the opportunity to develop key skills in journalism, marketing, branding and advertising, as well as the study of film and television, popular music, and web-based technologies.

Students will also have the opportunity to undertake work placement.

Media and Communications offers an exciting multi-disciplinary degree which provides students with a mix of highly marketable skills and media knowledge.

From 2018 the degree will be based in the University’s brand new Digital and Technology Park which will offer students the very latest media technologies in an exciting environment. 

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

In addition, the Media Department has a dedicated Green Screen facility and studio for student use as and when projects require it. Within the Creative Hub you will find two Mac Suites for all your creative needs with highly trained support staff ready to answer any of your questions.

Our seven Edit Suites are of professional specifications with high level of soundproofing and hardware, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the post-production of drama, documentary and performance projects. Students will receive training on a wide range of industry standard creative software packages such as:

  • Final Cut Pro 7
  • Photoshop 6
  • Celtx
  • Compressor 3.5
  • DVD studio Pro
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Final Draft 8
  • Nuke X
  • After Effects
  • Plura Eyes
  • Frame Forge
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Avid Media Composer 7
  • Pro Tools 11
  • Logic 9
  • Adobe Premier 6
  • Blender

Where this can take you

The skills you will obtain in  this degree are particularly well suited to work with film production companies, TV production studios, radio outlets, newspapers, PR firms and advertising agencies.

Many of our graduates go on to complete Masters degrees, using their undergraduate experience as the foundation to advanced study and/or practice.

Career paths include:

  • Public Relations
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Programme researcher
  • Television/Film Producer
  • Publishing

Work placements

 

 

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Theory Toolkit
  • Practice Toolkit
  • New TV
  • Photography: History and Practice
  • Music, Marketing and Promotion
  • Mobile Communications
  • Journalism
  • Hollywood Filmmaking
  • 21st Century Story

Year Two

  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Media Industries
  • British Film
  • Factual Interview Techniques
  • Reality TV in the Digital Age
  • Work Placement and Career Development
  • Politics of Celebrity
  • Journalism and Blog Culture
  • Documentary: History and Practice
  • Comedy
  • War Films

Year Three

  • Dissertation
  • American TV Drama
  • Industry Engagement and Conventions
  • Horror
  • Advanced Digital Photography
  • Global TV
  • Social Media and International Conflicts
  • Extreme Media
  • Digital Marketing

Teaching and assessment

Students will be taught a range of practical skills to enhance their employment prospects in the fields of journalism/media writing, Advertising, Marketing and new media/mobile technologies.

This is an industry-facing course with a mix of theory/history and practical training opportunities.

As a student within a community of undergraduates, you will develop your teamwork skills, take part in multi-camera live-event filming, study trends in contemporary media cultures, and have the opportunity to work within a vibrant cultural hub of actors, dancers, filmmakers, composers, orchestras, scriptwriters and choreographers.

You will have the opportunity to take part in overseas practical and research projects and, alongside developing your practical and critical skills, you will enhance your fit-for-industry business skills, helping you to find your place in one of the most exciting and diverse professions.

There will be a range of creative and practical assessments which will include:

  • Essay
  • Video Essay
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Creative pitch
  • Research  workbook
  • Report
  • Short film making
  • Pod cast

Additional Costs

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