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Media and Communications, BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Learn to research, analyse and craft communications in a variety of media and cultures for the 21st century
  • Combine media research and analysis with creative projects and professional skills
  • Academic, creative and critical approaches to media in the digital age tailored for postgraduate study
  • Produce creative content across a range of topics, media, from text and images to video, sound, performance and transmedia
  • Acquire entrepreneurship and leadership skills within the creative industries
  • Alumni go on to work in a variety of roles within the media and creative sectors such as: PR and marketing, social media, higher education, independent production houses, content and creative agencies, as well as curating, broadcasting and publishing

Overview

Overview

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 the 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 organizations across the media and creative industries.

Why Greenwich?

This degree is taught at the 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'll study

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.

What people say

It is a testament to the university that I still have a strong communication with some of the lecturers. It has been an ongoing dialogue and relationship. Not every uni has that. And I have been given the opportunity to share my experience with students.

Karl Ohiri

Extra 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.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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