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Integrated Degree in Media & Communications (including Foundation Year)

  • UCAS
    PP39
  • Length
    1 year (Foundation) + 3 years (undergraduate degree)
  • Department
    Media and Communications

Course overview

This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) Media & Communications degree.

Why study the Integrated Degree in Media & Communications at Goldsmiths? 

  • There are no formal entrance requirements, you just need to demonstrate a lively interest in the world of the media
  • You'll develop an understanding of media theory and media practice, and the confidence and skills necessary to progress to 
  • You'll begin to develop production skills in TV and video, radio, video animation and photography
  • You'll attend a study skills module as part of the programme, to develop your academic writing and research skills
  • You'll have the opportunity to progress onto our BA Media & Communications degree

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Programme Convenor, Linda France

Modules & structure

Overview

Your foundation year is structured into the following three areas: 

Media practice

Media practice gives you the opportunity to create small scale projects in: TV and video, radio, video animation and photography. Working in teams or individually, you will work through your ideas from conception to finished product. You will begin to develop production skills and to understand the importance of teamwork and the sharing of ideas.

Teaching methods 
You are taught in groups for TV and video, radio and video animation and individually for photography. These are ‘taster’ modules taught by highly experienced tutors and technicians in studio settings.

Assessment
Submission of project work and production logs for each practice module.

An Introduction to Media and Cultural Theory

Media and cultural theory offers a broad ranging introduction to theories of the media and culture, providing you with a basic theoretical map of ideas of certain key thinkers in the field. The module introduces you to some of the concepts required for the study of the media and you will gain some understanding of the sociological impact of the mass media particularly through issues relating to class, gender and race and ethnicity.

Teaching methods
A combination of lectures, seminar discussion and screenings.

Assessment
Take home examined essay, three hour unseen written examination.

Study Skills

Writing for academic purposes is a vital part of university life and this module helps you get started. Study Skills sessions cover aspects such as how to unpack an essay question; how to get organised; how to read and make notes; how to reference; how to cite your source material and how to compile a bibliography.

Teaching methods
Lectures and writing exercises.

Assessment
Submission of your Study Skills coursework through autumn and spring terms.

Final assessment

The pass mark for this course is 50%, however students must achieve 60% in all sections of the programme to proceed onto BA Media and Communications. Students achieving between 50%-60% will be awarded the Goldsmiths Foundation Certificate in Media and Communications.

Download the programme specification, relating to the 2017-18 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

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

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this programme, but you should demonstrate an interest in the subject.

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

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 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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

Department

We are ranked:
1st in the UK for the quality of our research* Joint 1st in the UK for effective teaching** 8th in the world for communication and media studies***

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 EastLondonLines.co.uk – 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

*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
**Guardian University Guide League Tables 2017
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

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

Skills

If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year , which will enable you to develop the following skills:

  • 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

Careers

Media and Communications graduates 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. You can find out more about career options after graduating on our Media and Communications careers page.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Student profiles

Christopher

"This year has opened up new ideas and overturned my assumptions about media power."

I am a mature student from Liverpool, and I’m the first person in my family to go to university.

I had what you might call a disastrous school education. I never enjoyed going to school, and this was reflected in my grades. Going to university wasn’t just out of reach; the thought never even occurred given my economic background and poor education. After secondary school, I drifted from job to job in retail or customer services.

I’d saved enough by 2012 to travel to Australia. That experience was influential in that it opened my mind to other cultures and increased my confidence. I met people from across the world and gained self-esteem and enough motivation to enrol at my local college. I had always had an interest in media, particularly photography, and at that college I gained a BTEC National Diploma in Photography and Imaging, then some years later I went back to my college and got four GCSE qualifications. It started to dawn on me that – maybe – I wasn’t so unfit for university after all.

Several years later, I visited my partner's graduation and degree show, which comprised of varied screen productions. I got to see how these students had used their creativity to express themselves and produce great pieces on screen. This had a powerful effect on me and confirmed that media was my passion. It was a huge decision financially and emotionally to apply to university, especially since I was already 26 years old at that time. However, I reckoned that I had to follow my academic dream. I completed the UCAS application and, against all odds, Goldsmiths offered me a place.

This year has opened up new ideas, different ways of thinking about the media, and overturned my assumptions about media power. I never heard about media theory before, and I was surprised how many of these new interesting insights linked with my own experiences. I’ve also had the opportunity to explore my creativity not only in photography, but also in radio, film, television, and video animation. The professors and teachers have been fantastic.

I am a Departmental Student Coordinator for my year (a paid position run through the Student Union), which means I sit in meetings with the academic staff and we talk about how to make the course even better. The staff really care about their students, and even offer a listening ear about personal matters. I've found them to be really approachable and they always take a genuine interest when they are speaking to you.

Finally, I must give credit to Goldsmiths for the help they give to their students. I applied for the Professor Stuart Hall scholarship and was awarded a financial bursary. This extra money will enable me to focus on my studies instead of working too many hours in a job, and for that I am very grateful. This scholarship has taken a burden off my mind.

Studying in London is not easy, but it is worth it in the long run, with so many opportunities here and so many different cultures to engage with. This year has cemented to me that I made the right choice in coming to Goldsmiths.

Fees & funding

Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.

The Professor Stuart Hall Scholarship offers one fee waiver worth £9,250 for a student studying Year 0 of the Integrated Degree in Media and Communications.

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