What is a Media Studies Degree?
A degree in Media Studies will typically prepare for your work in broadcasting, PR, journalism, social media, TV and film, editing, advertising or market research. Content tends to focus on the communication of information across different mediums and you will combine both the theory and practice of media.
What will I study?
Your focus will be on communication of information. As such you will develop skills in critical analysis; research; commercial and cultural awareness of the media industries; team work; flexibility; creativity and the ability to meet deadlines. You will be encouraged to examine the relationship between media and culture, and gain the skills to influence them.
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In year one you will be provided with a foundation in critical approaches to media and its development in cultural, economic and political contexts. You will choose from modules that encompass a wide range of practical and theoretical media issues, including digital media; photographic practice; digital industries; media and popular culture; understanding television and community media.
The second year may allow you to undertake an industry placement, giving you valuable insight into media in a real-life context. You will also undertake research methods and methodology to prepare you for your final year studies. Optional modules include social media; branding; media and PR; media ethics; videogame culture; British television drama and journalism.
In the final year you will produce a written or practical dissertation in an area of specialist interest. You will also be allowed to choose from a wide range of modules that suit your newly found specific interests including film; children’s screen culture; digital media marketing; global media studies; feminism in popular culture and celebrity media.
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