Media BA (Hons)

Our students are engaged in the exploration and analysis of mediated culture. From Film and TV to art and advertising, you will explore the central role that media and popular culture occupies in contemporary society. Graduates will be attractive to a range of employers within the media, entertainment, creative, cultural and communications industries.

UCAS course code
P305
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2017 | September 2018
UCAS course codes
Media and:
Creative Writing WP83
English Literature PQH3
Film Studies P391

Course overview

Our students are engaged in the exploration and analysis of mediated culture. From Film and TV to art and advertising, you will explore the central role that media and popular culture occupies in contemporary society. Graduates will be attractive to a range of employers within the media, entertainment, creative, cultural and communications industries.

The course has work related modules, special employability and enterprise events and our own e-magazine 'NEUTRAL', which you will be invited to contribute to. There are also a range of visiting speakers who work within the Media who will provide advice and guidance as well as a number of field trips including an international excursion. This is a programme that will train you not only to analyse the media, but creatively engage with it in a variety of ways - from creative writing to electronic imaging to creative interaction, you will be encouraged to examine the ways in which the media shapes our lives – and the ways in which we can shape the media.

Dr Keith McDonald - Subject Director, Media Studies

Course structure

Overview

The degree will give you an understanding of how the different media ‘work’. In addition to analysing media products and processes, you will be encouraged to engage in creative projects in image-based production through the use of digital technologies and software where you will have the opportunity to work with professional designers. You will also have the opportunity to produce your own stories, articles and artworks within a range of genres for different types of media (including film, television, photography, radio, literature and the graphic novel) giving you a comprehensive experience in thinking and working across the media.

In project teams you will be able to ‘pitch’ your ideas for new media products, devise marketing and distribution packages and formulate editorial policies. Throughout all this you will be encouraged to cultivate your own creativity – to understand how the different media ‘work’ by writing within them and for them.

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Media, Culture & Society
  • The Medium is the Message
  • Media, Publics & Power
  • Media Research
  • Writing the Media
  • Critical Perspectives

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Issues of Taste
  • Popular Genres
  • Media Enterprise
  • Globalisation
  • Visual Culture
  • Convergence Culture

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Media Geographies
  • Gender & Sexualities
  • Media Futures
  • Pop Americana
  • Dissertation

Teaching & Assessment

You will take part in lectures, seminars, workshops, task focused activities, field-trips and excursions and informative engagement with media practitioners and creatives. This is backed up by three distinct features:

  • Research informed teaching where experts in their subjects will work with you and develop your knowledge
  • A schedule of tutorial support where you will gain advice and guidance on how to progress academically
  • Technology enhanced programme instruction from experts that will help you to learn how to use media as a critical and creative tool

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including essays, portfolios, single and group presentations (for example, voice-over commentaries using iPads and tablets), interactive eportfolios (using platforms such as Word Press), creative visual pieces. All of these will be introduced at Level1 and then developed throughout the degree.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language 

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge in the subject. This can be shown through things such as previous study or composition of written work.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • an awareness of a variety of media or the social and cultural impacts of different types of media.
  • subscriptions to magazines or newspapers.
  • involvement in debates
  • interest in theory, sociology, and philosophy
  • following or producing vlogs/blogs
  • interest in the history and analysis of media

Candidates should demonstrate a passion for the understanding of media, not just a desire to work in a particular industry.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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