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UCAS code

PP39

Length

1 year (Foundation) + 3 years (undergraduate degree)

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 our BA Media & Communications degree
  • 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

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Ceiren Bell

What you'll study

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.

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.

An Introduction to Media and Cultural Theory

Media and cultural theory offers an 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.

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 style

This programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, screenings and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake 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 0 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
  • 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 through a combination of essays, project work, production logs, examinations and study skills coursework. Extensive study and writing support is available throughout the programme in small group and one to one sessions.

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

  • Year 0 - 50% coursework, 25% written exam, 25% practical
  • 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 2016/17. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.

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, 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

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

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 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

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.

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

What our students say

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.