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.

By the end of our Media and Communications degree, you'll know how to produce creative content across different kinds of media, including writing, camera use, sound recording and post-production/editing. The course will give you the opportunity to apply your class-based learning to the real world through work placements in media and creative businesses and organisations. We frequently invite guest lecturers to share their specialist knowledge allowing you to keep abreast of the latest developments in this field.

This employment-focused course will prepare you to be among the content creators and creative entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Popular career options for our media and communications graduates include roles with in-house communications teams, PR, marketing, content management and social media.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

P390 G BA/MCC

Location

Duration

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

UK/international fees

What you should know about this course

  • It combines 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 course is designed to stimulate you intellectually, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to evaluate and take part in today’s media industry
  • It provides opportunities for students to publicly present their own work in installations, blogs and screenings
  • This course introduces you to media in all its interdisciplinarity, and will equip you with necessary skills to enter as many media professions as you wish after you graduate.

Studying Media and Communications at the University of Greenwich has taught me not to expect the normal; to go with the flow and to be adaptable in a really exciting industry.

- Shakti-Rose Das, BA Media and Communications Graduate

What you will study

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About the course team

Students will work with a diverse team of interdisciplinary academics and industry professionals, covering a wide range of media specialities.

Creative Professions & Digital Arts

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

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Entry requirements

If you are

You will need a minimum of 112 UCAS points. This could be 3 A-levels at grades BBC or an equivalent combination of A-levels and BTECs. 

You will also need GCSE Maths and English at grade C / 4 or above.

A strong and relevant personal statement.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education.

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

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses, such as the International Baccalaureate.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

Applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and to present a portfolio of work.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages around 40. This class size may be split into smaller groups for seminar teaching for particular modules. 

Students also take part in shared / collaborative modules with students on other creative arts courses, providing a perfect opportunity to develop skills in group and team working. These collaborative classes are taken by around 70 students, with workshops and lab sessions working in smaller groups of around 15-20 students.

Independent learning

Outside of scheduled classes you will undertake self-directed study (approximately 30 hours per week). This will involve individual research, developing software skills using online resources (such as lynda.com), reading materials from the library, watching films, visiting galleries, further research and undertaking assignments.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying. 

Each module will have at least one creative assignment alongside the traditional essay. Creative assessments vary from presentations, video essays, Instagram posts and scripts to exhibitions and radio works. 

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 30 credits. They represent around 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

Academic year: 24 September 2018 to 28 June 2019.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

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.

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees information International fees

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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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 course is about communications, including with the world outside of the university, so you will have several field trips associated with the course – 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. Recent trips include the Sonic Arts Academy in Amsterdam and Tribeca Festival in New York, during which we visited media departments at 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 course leader once you commence your studies.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You can choose to take a 30-credit work placement in your final year alongside your other modules.

If you register on 'sandwich mode', you do a one-year full-time paid placement between your second and final years. Whilst on a sandwich placement you retain your student status and have full support from the university and your tutors as normal. Students are responsible for finding their own placements, though we support you through the application process.

How long is my placement?

The 30-credit work placement requires you to gain 150 hours in total.

Sandwich placements must last for a minimum of 36 weeks full-time, though they can be as long as 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, sandwich placements are normally paid, full time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The skills you acquire by studying our courses will prepare you for careers in all industries. Past graduates of this course now work in industries such as PR and marketing, social media, higher education, production houses, creative agencies, as well as broadcasting and publishing.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops. 

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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