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
Your foundation year is structured into the following three areas:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
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.
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
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.