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MEDIA & COMMUNICATION BA (HONS)

UCAS Code: P300|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
International students can apply
Overview
Curriculum
Entry Requirements
Careers
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Combinations

ABOUT THE COURSE

If you want an exciting career in the media but also want to understand how and why the media reports and represents the world in the ways it does, studying at Hope is the next step for you. Media and Communication provides you with an opportunity to closely study and analyse the ways in which the media industry shapes and is shaped by our world. Our degrees (Combined and Single Honours) are designed to help you become an industry leader who is equipped to take on the critical task of ensuring a more reliable, trustworthy media industry, whether you choose to work in television, radio, journalism, marketing or PR.

If you choose to take Single Honours Media and Communication, you explore the history and theory of film and other visual media, such as photography and animation, and the cultural and creative contexts in which they are produced and consumed. We also think one of the best ways to study creativity is by making things, so you have the opportunity to make films (drama, documentary or animation), produce photographic portfolios, work in a studio and write screenplays. Our curriculum is taught by lecturers with a reputation for international research and by a practitioner who has made BAFTA and EMMY award winning programmes and animated films.

Media and Communication at Liverpool Hope is underpinned by the notion of interrogating power. We believe that the media must always be held to account and has a responsibility to pursue social justice. Whether it be through journalism, ethical marketing or documentary filmmaking, our aim is to produce graduates who will make a better world.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars which have smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.

If you are studying Media and Communication as a Single Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 12 teaching hours per week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. If you are studying Media and Communication as a Combined Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours per week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years.

On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.

ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK

Throughout your studies, you will have a number of assessments including written exams, practice-based portfolios of broadcast radio and journalism, and essays for PR and Marketing work.

You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

*Please note that topics marked with a * are studied by Single Honours students only


YEAR ONE

Foundations of Media Industries

You are introduced to the foundations of media industries and will look at how the media is used to exert or to challenge power in society. You also explore the history of the media’s development in Britain, from the printing press to the internet. Other topics studied include how media organisations and journalists decide ‘what is news’, and you will also have practice-based work in marketing, radio production, and newspaper design.

Foundations in Film and Visual Culture*

You will explore film history and theory, including the classical Hollywood studio system, representations of women on film, and masculinity, sexualities, race and class on films. Theories studied include auteur, genre and stardom. You will also look at films as a social practice, and will have practical sessions in animation, photography and filmmaking.

YEAR TWO

Explorations in Media Industries

Your second year develops your understanding of key media industries topics. You will look at persuasion theory and how the media influences people’s opinions and understanding of the world around them. You also explore how commercial, political and cultural pressures shape the work of journalists in the digital era. Other topics studies include media industries such as format television, social media and advertising. You have practice-based work in marketing, radio production, and magazine design.

Explorations in Film and Visual Culture*

Studying this topic, you will look at American films from the post-World War Two period to the 1980s, as well as the British New Wave and British films of the 1960s and 1970s. You will also explore German expressionism, French surrealism and poetic realism. Practical work includes animation, photography and a filmed news bulletin.

YEAR THREE

Advanced Studies in Media Industries

Your final year gives you the opportunity to study media theories of celebrity and fandom, and look at how the internet and digital developments are changing the media landscape and journalism.

You also have a choice to specialise in one practice strand: marketing, radio production, or digital publishing.

Dissertation

You complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice with support from your tutor.

Advanced Studies in Film and Visual Culture*

You will study the cinematic years 1967-1980 in their political and cultural context, as well as world cinema. In addition, you will choose one topic to study in depth, either film history and theory or a practical workshop specialising in photography, animation or filmmaking.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


A-LevelsABB-BBC
UCAS Tariff Points136 - 104
BTECDDD-DMM
Access to HE136 - 104 Tariff Points
IB26
Irish Leaving Certificate136 - 104 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5

CAREERS

Recent Media and Communications graduates are working as cinema managers, film education officers, BBC radio reporters, local and magazine journalists, academic proof-readers, screen writers, and independent international filmmakers.

More generally, you will have gained a degree which will have provided both a broad base of learning about media and the opportunity to develop specific areas of specialism in news media or visual communication, such as film. Alongside classroom work, you will have embraced the many opportunities offered by Hope to enhance your skills and knowledge – such as Radio Hope, masterclasses with leading radio and newspaper journalists and creative practitioners, and the Film Society – each combining to help ensure a graduate ready to make their mark on the industry.

ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

SALA

The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.


Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


TUITION FEES

The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

On top of tuition fees, you will need approximately £100 to purchase core textbooks.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.

INTERNATIONAL TUITION FEES

The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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  • Industry standard equipment to support your work 
  • Guest lectures by industry leaders, including BAFTA and EMMY award winner Francis Vose
  • Opportunities to enhance your skills through involvement with THIS Radio

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