BA (Hons) Media & Communications

  • UCAS
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: AAB/ABB
    IB: 33 points including three HL subjects
  • Length
    3 years full-time
  • Department
    Media and Communications

Course overview

Bringing together media practice and communications theory, this degree covers a broad spectrum of critical perspectives on the media, and will introduce you to a range of contemporary media practices.

Why study BA Media & Communications at Goldsmiths?

  • You will study in one of the UK's and the world's top media and communications departments.
  • You'll be taught by leading names in media, communications and cultural studies.
  • We concentrate on high quality lectures and small group work, and all our teaching takes place on one purpose-built site.
  • On practice modules you'll be taught by industry professionals engaged in TV, film, journalism, radio, photography, scriptwriting, short fiction, illustration, interactive media and animation.
  • You'll have access to industry-standard practice facilities, including TV/film, radio and photography studios, digital video and audio editing suites, and animation software and hardware.
  • Our close links to the media industry bring you into regular contact with media professionals. You will have the opportunity to apply for an internship in the media as part of the course.
  • We regularly host debates and talks by international figures in media and cultural research and the media industry; recent guests have included Danny Boyle, Gurinder Chadha and Noel Clark.
  • You'll be taught alongside students from all over the world and with diverse cultural experiences that enrich the department and the learning experience.
  • You'll develop skills that you can use throughout your career whether in the media industries or elsewhere. Our recent graduates are now working as television producers, news readers, editors, journalists... Others have gone into a whole range of careers such as research, teaching and law.
  • We're ranked third in the UK for the quality and impact of our research (Research Excellence Framework), which means that by studying in the department you'll be working alongside academics who are leaders in their fields.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor

Modules & structure


The degree consists of 50% media theory and 50% media practice. We aim to provide an inspirational learning experience in which theory and practice influence and enrich each other in the production of original creative and intellectual work.

Far more than just a media degree this programme incorporates philosophical perspectives on technology and human life as well as sociological approaches to media production.

We look at issues of identity through critical race studies, queer theory and critiques of post-feminism. We investigate global screen cultures and also the role of news in democracy. All of this, together with critical, creative practice in production equips our students to be the thinking media practitioners of the future.

Level 4

Media Theory

In the first year, the theory element introduces you to the study of verbal and visual languages, and encourages you to assess changes in the media. You'll be acquainted with debates surrounding the term 'culture', and will look at how experiences of gender, age and race affect our understanding of the concept. You'll also examine various media texts, and take a module that will address theories of society and approaches to the modern state as they relate to media. 

You take the following compulsory 15 credit compulsory modules:

  • Media History and Politics
  • Culture and Cultural Studies
  • Key Debates in Media Studies
  • Film and the Audiovisual
  • Media Arts

Media Practice

In practice, you take an induction module that introduces you to some of the practice options offered by the Department – currently television (with the possibility of film fiction specialisation in years two and three), radio, journalism, animation, illustration, photography, and creative writing (script and short story). There is also a specialisation in interactive media in years two and three. You then choose two practice options.

You take the following compulsory modules:

Level 5

Media Theory

In the second year you take theory modules covering a range of approaches to the study of communications and the media. You'll look at theories of postmodernity, identity and globalisation; be introduced to differing psychological perspectives on the analysis of culture and communications; consider cultural theory; and investigate concepts of audience. 

You take the following core modules:

Module title Credits
  Psychology, Subjectivity and Power -
  Media, Modernity and Social Thought -

And a choice of two 15 credit option modules (one Autumn term, one Spring term). Options offered recently have included:

Module title Credits
  Culture, Society and the Individual 15 credits
  Moving Image and Spectatorship -
  Money and the Media -
  Media, Memory and Conflict -

Media Practice

Practice modules introduce you to media production in a different area to the one you studied in year one.  You'll apply production skills in the creation of small-scale projects, and develop critical skills through the analysis of examples and of work produced in each area. You then choose a practice area in which to specialise.

You take:

  • Media Production Option 2
  • Media Production Specialisation (30 credits)


Level 6

Media Theory

You can choose any combination of options or dissertation to the value of 60 credits. Options offered recently have included:

Module title Credits
  Structure of Contemporary Political Communication 15 credits
  Race, Empire and Nation -
  The City and Consumer Culture 30 credits
  Music as Communication and Creative Practice 30 credits
  Embodiment and Experience 30 credits and 15 credits
  Strategies in World Cinema tbc
  Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures 30 credits and 15 credits
  Promotional Culture 30 credits and 15 credits
  Archaeology of the Moving Image 30 credits
  Politics of the Audiovisual 30 credits
  Social Media in Everyday Life -
  Media Audiences and Media Geographies 30 credits

You can also undertake a work placement as one of your option modules.

Media Practice

You undertake the research, planning and production of a major project or a portfolio of work in the practice area in which you specialised in Year 2 (60 credits).

Find out more about the practice options.


Coursework, extended essays, reports, practical work, and seen and unseen written examinations.

Media Practice

In practice, you take an induction module that introduces you to some of the practice options offered by the Department – currently television (with the possibility of film fiction specialisation in years two and three), radio, journalism, animation, illustration, photography, and creative writing (script and short story). There is also a specialisation in interactive media in years two and three. You then choose two practice options.

You take the following compulsory modules:

  • Induction to Media Practice (15 credits) [you choose five from seven ]
  • Media Production Option 1 (30 credits) [options one and two are chosen from seven ] 

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB/ABB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points including three HL subjects

You'll need to demonstrate practical experience in some aspect of creative work.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:

Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 at distinction and 15 at merit
Scottish qualifications: ABBBB/ABBBC (Higher), AAC/ABC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 80%
Irish Leaving Certificate: A1 A1 A1 B2/A1 A1 A2 B1

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements


We are ranked:
22nd in the world for communication and media studies**
1st in the UK for the quality of our research***

Media and Communications

We’ve also been ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top graduate universities for media professionals, because so many of our graduates go on to find jobs in the industry.

The department includes some of the top academics in the world for this discipline – the pioneers of media, communications and cultural studies. They actively teach on our programmes, and will introduce you to current research and debate in these areas. And many of our practice tutors are industry professionals active in TV, film, journalism, radio and animation.

We also run – our 24/7 student news website – which gives students the opportunity to gain experience working in a real-time news environment.

And we run regular public events featuring world-renowned writers and practitioners that have recently included Danny Boyle, Gurinda Chadha, Noel Clark and Tessa Ross. So you’ll get to experience the latest developments and debates in the industry.

Find out more about the Department of Media and Communications

**QS World University Rankings by subject 2015
***Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

Learning & teaching

On this degree you'll attend lectures and seminars where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills. You'll also go to workshops and tutorials that will develop practical skills in media production.

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing essays or project work.

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of that are highly sought after by employers. 

Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches.

Skills & careers


Some of the skills you'll develop during a Media and Communications degree include:

  • critical and analytical skills
  • proficiency in assessing evidence and in expressing ideas clearly
  • ability to bring together insights from a range of subjects
  • IT skills
  • communications skills
  • journalistic and creative writing skills


Alumni from the Department have gone on to careers in television, radio, the press, publishing, film-making, advertising, marketing and public relations, web design, teaching and research, advertising, arts and administration, business and industry, European Union private sector management and personnel work, and many more both in the media industries and elsewhere.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths



"If you want to be an individual there is nowhere that will encourage you more."

"Since moving into halls of residence last year to study the programme I could probably only describe the atmosphere here to be a fusion of eccentricity and libertarian expression.

If you want to be an individual then there is nowhere that will encourage you more. When I looked at my course it appeared to endorse this notion of diversity and has given me a freedom to choose what I learn. Goldsmiths is as beguiling as the people that come here."

Max Bell

"Goldsmiths can be as meaningful as you make it."

"As a Canadian arriving in New Cross, there were plenty of head-scratching moments and questions asked during my early days at Goldsmiths - but ultimately my three years in London proved to be a vital spring-board into an exciting career in football media.

To best summarise my retrospective ethos on the Goldsmiths experience, I would simply say that the opportunity is only as meaningful as you make it. The college provides an outline of the necessary guidance, and crucially access to some of the production gear, but you cannot expect to simply tick the academic boxes and have any hope of succeeding in the professional world.

In an increasingly saturated media industry, I felt that the need to develop a polished technical skill-set was of crucial importance, so I immediately sough-out some like-minded collaborators and set out on a mission to create, create, create.

Content is king, as they say. And by the time I had finished my TV Documentary specialisation at Goldsmiths I had leveraged the support from fellow students and staff to create a production portfolio, which played a massive part in helping me land, my current job as an in-house videographer for the Canadian FA (Canada Soccer).

Email-pitching student interns are a dime-a-dozen, and you simply must do something to differentiate your case.

Where the doors into the sports media industry were seemingly blocked to many young producers – some of my trusted collaborators and I went about creating high quality video content on our own. At a time when many traditional media organisations were looking for ways to capitalize on the growing online video market, we provided a ready-made product, and those relationships provided an important gateway to my current position.

Some will bemoan the scarcity of traditional media jobs in the internet era, but for young producers it provides a wealth of opportunity. In my case, I made my own work experience opportunities and opted to develop my portfolio, rather than adding a list of intern positions to my CV – thankfully it worked out."


"Goldsmiths does not accept the ordinary, it makes you endeavour for the extraordinary."

"I thought being at university meant pursuing a degree, but it’s more than that. At Goldsmiths you pursue your essence – you realise not your limitations but your horizon; you don’t fit in, you stand out! Goldsmiths does not accept the ordinary, it makes you endeavour for the extraordinary, raises your expectations.

Studying Media and Communications at Goldsmiths gave me that invisible throne that I confidently sit on, throughout my academic, social, and professional life. With all the knowledge and practical experience I have gained, I can with express my ideas with poise. You gain a degree of self optimism and strength. Oh how inspiring it is to be a Goldsmiths student!"

Neil Rogers

A lifelong passion for sport has lead Neil to a career working with some of the UK’s most talented student athletes.

As Head of International Programmes at British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), Neil Rogers works with some of the UK’s most promising student athletes. He is responsible for the Great Britain team that competes at the World University Games, the second biggest sporting event in the world after the Olympics. Some of the former student athletes have gone on to great success and include Olympic medallists Jessica Ennis, Michael Jamieson and Gemma Gibbons.

For Neil, sport is a lifelong passion and something he was able to enjoy while he was at Goldsmiths, as he held the role of Sports Sabbatical Officer for the Students’ Union. “My time at Goldsmiths was certainly very formative. I enrolled as a mature student in 1997, but did a great deal of growing and learning during this time. As well as my degree, I met some fantastic people at the College, some subsequent life-long friends, and it gave me an opportunity and environment in which I could flourish. My time as a Sabbatical Officer was absolutely fundamental to my career.”

After completing his degree, he carried on working in the field of university sport and qualified as a Performance Athlete Lifestyle Mentor, delivering lifestyle support and advice to dozens of national programme athletes – including Goldsmiths’ own Ken Parr, a Commonwealth Games shooter.

“Sport is a genuinely exciting sector to work in, as so many people have discovered this last summer at the Olympics” says Neil. “For someone who spends a lot of leisure time watching sport, the opportunity to work in an area I love is very rewarding. One of the best aspects is the opportunity to travel as part of my job, and in the last few years I have visited China, Hong Kong, Russia, Taiwan, Jamaica, Macau, South Africa, and many more countries in Europe – all for sports tournaments.”

Neil sums up what he loves most about his job: “The most rewarding aspect is knowing that a good number of athletes in my teams will go on to huge success in their sports in later years - and that you have, in a small way, been a part of that pathway. It’s certainly too late for me to compete at that level, but I take a great deal of satisfaction from knowing I can help others on their journey!”


"Goldsmiths was the perfect environment to foster my ambitions for a career in the creative industries."

"I run a video production company called High Six Media that specialises in creating online fashion, music and sport content for a variety of brands. As is invariably the case when you start a business, my time is split between quite a few different roles and responsibilities related to the running of a company. I take care of all sales and marketing as well as liaising with clients and suppliers and basic project management to ensure that projects run smoothly.

Goldsmiths was the perfect environment to foster my ambitions for a career in the creative industries. Firstly, just the people who I met and the experiences I had through them opened my eyes to the breadth of what is possible creatively.

Seeing what others - both tutors and students - were doing, saying and making really inspired me and positively pushed my own creative endeavours.

I also utilised the resources available to me at Goldsmiths to practice filmmaking technique during any spare time I had. Learning how to edit in the Digital Media Suite, or figuring out how to use cameras and lights kick-started my knowledge of the industry and allowed me the confidence to set out on my own once I had graduated.

The course I studied, while being mostly theoretical learning also put me in good stead for my future career. It taught me to view the way in which concepts such as society, identity and gender are constructed in the media with a critical eye. As important if not more than anything you can learn about white balance or shutter speeds. It's these principals that inform my filmmaking even to this day and evaluate the merits and faults of the work I and others in the industry produce."

Photo credit: Brendon Fraser Photography

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