BA (Hons) Media & Cultural Studies *Launching Sept 2021 — Overview
*Subject to validation
We are excited to launch this new course for 2021 as we enhance our well-established undergraduate curriculum. Degrees listed as subject to validation are in the final stage of our rigorous approval process, designed to ensure they accurately reflect course content and employment opportunities for students. Through close consultation with industry professionals, academics, students and alumni we can ensure that your learning prepares you for a dynamic and ever-changing future job market.
Explore the production, consumption and meaning of media and culture in both online and offline outputs. This course will build your theoretical insight, analytical skills, and appreciation of social contexts, future-proofing you for a career in the ever-evolving media landscape.
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 uniquely 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.
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.
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 Ed Turner, best known for Merlin, Grandchester, and Rock The Kasbah, Videographer Luke Sims, Fashion Filmmakers Lindsay Knight, Actor Kevin Johnson, Filmmaker Dean Puckett and Film Music Composer and Music Producer Ben Hudson.
Graduates can become:
Our graduates can become:
- Advertising Account Executives
- Content Creators
- Broadcast Journalists
- Editorial Assistants
- Event Managers
- Film Directors
- Magazine Journalists
- Market Researchers
- Marketing Executives
- Media Researchers
- Digital Marketers
- Media Buyers
- Media Planners
- PR Officers
- Press Coordinators
- Showrunners (broadcasting and film)
- Social Media Managers
- Online Editors