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BA (Hons) Media & Cultural Studies

Course Duration

3 years; full-time

UCAS Code

Course: MCFT
Institution: P65
Subject to Validation

Inspiring curiosity, critical insight, ambition and knowledge, we will provide you with the tools and skills to investigate the social, economic, political, and practical dimensions of media in a global cultural setting, and to recognise the key roles of media in shaping who we are, what we think, and what we value.

As a student within our School of Critical + Cultural Studies you will undertake an in-depth critical exploration of culture and the mass media and analyse the influence of mass media on society. You’ll be encouraged to develop an independent critical voice and gain the confidence to communicate your ideas with conviction. As part of our independent art school, you will be well-placed to collaborate with students from award-winning undergraduate courses in art, design and media, grounding your study in a uniquely interdisciplinary creative environment.

Speaking Truth To Power a panel talk at our Tate Exchange event about the power of words and the potential of rap and culture to transform pain into cultural production to create personal and social change

'Speaking Truth To Power', a panel talk at our Tate Exchange event about the power of words and the potential of rap and culture to transform pain into cultural production to create personal and social change

Using the skills and methods developed through the course, you will become a flexible and engaged reader of a wide range of cultural materials and practices and develop your cultural understanding of gender, race, class, sexuality and the postcolonial world. You will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in media production with equipment resourced from our professional Multimedia Lab and gain unrivalled access to specialised facilities in art, design and digital media.

Skills such as critical analysis and comprehension, research, presentation and writing can lead to many avenues of employment – from journalism and marketing to arts administration. The course is designed to equip you to work in media-related careers, television production, teaching and journalism as well as for further study at Master’s level and for research in Media, Cultural Studies and related disciplines.

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You will critically explore the links between culture, media and society with a focus on: popular culture; mass media and advertising; digital media technologies; news and journalism; television and film; literature and the arts; cultural differences and practices; gender, sexuality, class, race, religion and identity; the body and embodiment; transnational media and culture; capitalism and media ownership; cultural history and memory; multiculturalism and cultural policy amongst other areas.

Your learning will be supported by regular guest lecturers and industry mentors. Recent contributors to our media school include; Production Designer best known for Merlin, Grandchester and Rock The Kasbah Ed Turner, Videographer Luke Sims, Fashion Filmmakers Lindsay Knight, Actor Kevin Johnson, Filmmaker Dean Puckett and Film Music Composer and Music Producer Ben Hudson.

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Entry Requirements

Although many of our students do come in with top grades and high UCAS points, these aren’t necessarily essential for entry. We typically ask for a minimum of 112 UCAS points, but we understand that talented artists, designers and makers can have a wide

range of relevant strengths and skills beyond formal qualifications. We’re just as interested in exploring your portfolio and discussing your creative experiences as we are in seeing your grades.

We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. We also accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.

For more information please consult our How to Apply page and the UCAS Tariff Table.

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