Undergraduate prospectus

Media and Communications, BA Hons

Our media and communications degree provides an academic, creative and critical understanding of the media for roles in a variety of creative industries and backgrounds.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • Academic, creative and critical approaches to media
  • You will learn to research, analyse and craft communications across a wide range of media, from text and images to video, web and VR.
  • The programme is designed to stimulate you intellectually, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to evaluate and take part in today’s media industry
  • Core media theories and constant updates with the latest development in media industries.
  • Programme introduces you to media in all its interdisciplinarity, and will allow you to pick and choose from different disciplined throughout your studies, which will equip you with necessary skills to enter as many media professions as you wish after you graduate.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

P390 G BA/MCC

Department

Creative Professions & Digital Arts

Location

Attendance

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Like it or not, media is an ever-present force in our lives. Whether we're consuming the traditional forms of media – television, newspapers or radio – or newer, more immediate forms – such as Facebook video, blogs, memes or podcasts.

What will I learn?

The BA Media & Communications combines the cultivation of critical thinking, research and writing with real-life media research and production skills. 

The overarching aim of this programme is for students to gain both theoretical and practical grasp of media and communications as an area of intellectual, creative and professional practice not limited to one particular industry.

You will develop a practical and theoretical understanding of the media and creative industries. You will cultivate skills relating to storytelling and practices of representation in audio-visual media and transmedia. You will study media theory, history, media technologies, creative cultures, institutions, content and audiences.

You will learn to write for different kinds of media, use cameras, sound recording equipment and post-production/editing technologies.

Placement options in Year 3 enable students to gain work experience at businesses and organisations across the media and creative industries.

Why Greenwich?

This degree is taught at our brand new Stockwell Street building, featuring state-of-the-art studios, workshops, and teaching spaces fully equipped with the latest learning technology. It's also home to the public-facing Stephen Lawrence Gallery in which you'll have opportunities to exhibit your work. You will have access to a wide range of software, hardware, video and audio equipment, and be taught to use it to a professional standard by staff with extensive industry experience. 

Not only is Greenwich a serene and magnificent place to study, it's also close to Canary Wharf, the East End and the city – making this an ideal location for work experience. Throughout the programme, there are guest talks given by distinguished speakers from industry – often based in Canary Wharf or the East End's creative hubs.

The Design Roast is an open discussion group for anyone interested in creative design practices and theories of cross-disciplinarity, interactive design, new media technologies, visual communication and philosophies of the state-of-the current and future design. 

Student work is often exhibited at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery which is on the campus – a great chance for you to showcase your work.

How will I learn?

Primarily through taught courses, based around material provided in lectures – which you will supplement through accessing our vast array of publications in our library. The skills you learn during lectures and self-study will be applied in practical, interactive workshops.

The use of social media platforms and interactive learning is a significant part of your programme and several field-trips are included in the curriculum. 

Employability

This course will prepare you to be among the content creators and creative entrepreneurs of tomorrow. It will prepare you for employment in professional communications, including social media and marketing communications, as well as all types of journalism and creative content making.

Employers of our graduates include media agencies, publishers, independent production companies, broadcasters, and businesses with a significant public-facing online presence. 

Many graduates go into postgraduate study, and a number of alumni work as freelance media professionals or have their own businesses.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

The Erasmus Programme is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme available for students and provides a grant towards the cost of studying aboard. We have a dedicated placement team who will support students in finding work placements and internships, as well as giving students practical advice on writing CVs and preparing for interviews and assessment centres. Students will also have the option of working with other Greenwich students on real world applications for clients as part of our GWizards project.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

Come visit us

You can find out a lot about a university online, but to really get a feel for what it's like to live and study here you should come and visit. Come take a look at our historic campuses in London and Kent.

Next Open Day coming soon

The best way to find out about student life at the University of Greenwich is to join one of our amazing Open Days. You get to look around the campus, view our student accommodation, and speak with staff and students to get your questions answered. Parents are very welcome too!

Come and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry!

We host events regularly, so there will be more opportunities to visit very soon.

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

You will need 112 UCAS points.

Typically you will have 3 A-levels but we also interview students with:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
  • EDEXCEL / BTEC National Diploma in graphic design, or
  • A related subject.

You will also need GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.

Apply through UCAS. Selected applicants must attend an interview and present a creative portfolio.

General studies is not normally accepted.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136. 

In addition:

You may be invited to an interview.

We welcome applications from mature students.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

This programme is about communications, including communication with the world outside of the University, so you will have several field trips associated with the programme – from galleries and festival visits, to study group trips abroad. Every year we take part in the Byline Media Festival, we also regularly visit Google and Framestore offices, major exhibitions at the Tate and the V&A; in the past years, we also went to Sonic Arts Academy in Amsterdam, and Tribeca Festival in New York, as well as visited media department in University of Amsterdam and New York University. While occasional costs can be subsidised by the School, the rest will be covered by students, such as tickets costs, travel costs, etc. The exact details will be provided by your programme leader once you commence your study.

Additional information

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations and coursework, including:

  • Essays
  • Dissertation
  • Practical project
  • Presentations.

Careers

This course will prepare you to be among the content creators and creative entrepreneurs of tomorrow. It will prepare you for employment in professional communications, including social media and marketing communications, as well as all types of journalism and creative content making.

Employers of our graduates include media agencies, publishers, independent production companies, broadcasters, and businesses with a significant public-facing online presence.

Many graduates go into postgraduate study, and a number of alumni work as freelance media professionals or have their own businesses.

Typically, you can expect 12 contact hours per week in classes of around 20-30 students. Teaching is a mixture of studio work, seminars, lectures and workshops. This enables students to learn design and the associated creative processes in a supported environment and to develop 'hands-on' skills.

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We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our undergraduate prospectus or check our related courses below.

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