Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

P300

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

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 Ceiren Bell

What you'll study

Overview

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.

Year 1 (credit 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:

Year 1 Media Theory modules Module title Credits
  Media History and Politics 15 credits
  Culture and Cultural Studies 15 credits
  Key Debates in Media Studies 15 credits
  Film and the Audiovisual 15 credits
  Media Arts 15 credits

Media Practice

Compulsory media practice modules include an introduction to five of the media practices on offer, and your first media production option, in which you’ll work on a small-scale project.

Year 2 (credit 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:

Year 2 core modules Module title Credits
  Psychology, Subjectivity and Power 15 credits
  Media, Modernity and Social Thought 15 credits

And a choice of two 15 credit option modules. Options offered recently have included:

Year 2 option modules Module title Credits
  Culture, Society and the Individual 15 credits
  Moving Image and Spectatorship 15 credits
  Money and the Media 15 credits
  Media, Memory and Conflict 15 credits

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:

Module title Credits
  Cross-Platform Media Practice 2 30 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

Media Theory

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

Year 3 option modules Module title Credits
  Structure of Contemporary Political Communication 15 credits
  Race, Empire and Nation 15 credits
  The City and Consumer Culture 15 credits
  Music as Communication and Creative Practice 15 credits
  Embodiment and Experience 15 credits
  Strategies in World Cinema 15 credits
  Media Law and Ethics 15 credits
  Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures 15 credits
  Promotional Culture 15 credits
  Archaeology of the Moving Image 15 credits
  Politics of the Audiovisual 15 credits
  Social Media in Everyday Life 15 credits
  Media Geographies 15 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.

Teaching style

This programme is taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 18% scheduled learning, 82% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 18% scheduled learning, 82% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects and reflective essays, as well as seen and unseen written examinations.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 75% coursework, 25% practical
  • Year 2 - 100% coursework
  • Year 3 - 100% coursework

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

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 the 2018-19 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

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Careers

Skills

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

Careers

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. You can read more about possible career options after graduating on our Media and Communications careers page.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Student work

Here are some examples of our students' photographic and animation work. You can also read examples of their journalism on our news sites East London Lines and London Multimedia News

Kapital by student Sam Finn
Salome’s Curse by student Eleanor Simeonov
Erin Renouf
Tufael Kabiri
Thy Nguyen
Lynsay Hodges
Sarah Romani
Jaber Al-Tobaishi
Eloise Swan
Yuxin Song
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What our students say

Autumn

"My placement has lead to me being offered a full-time job"

I started using the Careers Service as part of the Gold Award. Through this I went to have a CV check, LinkedIn profile advice and even got to attend a Business and Enterprise event at the Google Campus that was really helpful. I’d never have the opportunity to do things like that without the Careers Service.

From there I got in contact with a member of the Careers team to help me find a placement. It was really quick and a great service. They helped me to find my placement working as a marketing intern with the British Quality Foundation.

I started at a good time and have been able to get involved with different projects like redesigning and branding the website. I’ve learned lots of new skills that have been able to help with my projects at university too.

I’ve now been offered a full-time job here as a marketing executive for once I’ve graduated. There’s no way I would have secured a graduate job during my final year without using the Careers Service and doing a work placement.

Vicki

"Goldsmiths lay the foundations for my career in writing and directing."

"I adored every minute at Goldsmiths, so much so that when I completed my first degree in Media and Communications (specialising in Journalism and Documentary), I remained on to study an MA in television drama (where I would write and direct a short fictional film). Goldsmiths lay the foundations for my career in writing and directing, giving me the tools, emotional support and confidence to write original scripts and go on and have a successful directing career in TV drama, documentary, music videos and commercials.

On leaving Goldsmiths, my graduation film Rifts about warring kebab shop owners scooped awards at film festivals and acted as a crucial calling card in my gaining employment in the industry. My first position was at Redbus (now Lionsgate UK) learning the ropes of the film industry taking films from script to screen as I worked in all departments from script reading to Press and Advertising before developing a documentary about Macy Gray. 

On leaving, I directed another short film, Broken, which garnered awards at film festivals internationally from India to LA, along with accolades from the Channel 4 4Talent Award to more recently the Square Mile 30 under 30 London Talent Award in 2011. BBC Comedy bought the rights to a TV series based on this student short film and more recently another production company have taken them-it may well end up on the BBC if commissioned though. My short film made at my time in Goldsmiths continues to inspire and influence my work, as does my time there and for that I am very grateful."

Vicki writes one of the most popular and critically acclaimed parenting and lifestyle blogs in the UK, Honest Mum (http://www.honestmum.com), and style site Mummy's Got Style (http://www.mummysgotstyle.com).

Vicki has also presented on ITV's Good Morning Britain and is regarded a pioneer in the parenting blogging niche. 

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