BA (Hons) Media Communications

Start the debate. With the BA (Hons) Media Communications you'll focus on the social and cultural impact of digital media forms, examining the technologies, practices and policies that drive modern media communications. Manipulating images, writing in different styles, editing, working with layout software and pitching and presenting - we cover all these areas so you have applied skills you can take straight into industry.

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Additional costs: In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page

Blog: First-year BA (Hons) Media Communications student Elin Schonfelder won a writing competition with Dare digital agency.

Student Elin Schonfelder wins writing competition with Dare digital agency - LCC Blog.

Funding opportunities

Find out about the range of funding options available for undergraduate study.

Use UAL's fees and funding calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Facts

Course Leader

Thomas Giagkoglou

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17 fees)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeP302
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content:

London College of Communication’s BA (Hons) Media Communications will teach you how to create, manage and challenge information on a number of creative and conceptual levels to take on a variety of roles within this broad-ranging field of work.

This degree course responds to the continuing transformation of media communications. Converging media platforms have heralded the production of new forms of content, targeted at both general and niche audiences - whose attention is now a prime commodity.

You can expect...

You can expect to gain an in-depth understanding of current theories of the media with an emphasis on the social and cultural impact of digital media forms, e.g. social and interactive media. The proliferation of new media platforms, such as open source software and social network sites, creates new opportunities for participation and changes dramatically the way users communicate and exchange information. This degree will encourage students to develop a critical understanding of these communication technologies through content production and by stimulating debate.

Applied skills such as image manipulation, editing and working with layout software will be taught, so that you’re able to produce audio-visual texts for publication on the web. And you’ll become familiar with camera and audio recording equipment to create and store original material. Different styles of writing are also practised so that you will be proficient in drafting accompanying text, whatever the context.

You will leave the course able to select the best platform to disseminate content to intended audiences and become familiar with project planning, budgeting and financial management including the production of timelines. Finally, this course will train you to successfully pitch and present your ideas.

On a theoretical level, the BA (Hons) Media Communications will engage you in the latest debates concerning the cultural, social and economic issues that shape the way meaning is produced and circulated, and the many issues that intersect within this academic investigation.

What students say ...

"The course offers a wide range of content with practical and theoretical based learning. Direct a film, produce a radio show, or create an advertisement, whilst learning interesting theories on propaganda and consumerism from industry-recognised lecturers. I really wanted to study Sociology or Film Production, thanks to this course I can do both!"
Year One BA (Hons) Media Communications student

"BA (Hons) Media Communications has helped develop my understanding in the important theories, issues and debates in the media industry. We cover a broad range of practical work, such as film and web design along with important theory-based topics, which are relevant in today's economy".
Year One BA Media Communications student

Learning and teaching

Courses at UAL span a broad range of art, design, communication, business, media, science and communication subjects. So the ways in which you learn and how your time is used will vary according to the specific course you are studying; this may be in studios, labs, classes, involve working alone, learning from peers in pairs or groups, or with external partners. Most importantly, no matter which course you enrol on, you will learn not only about your subject but also about how you learn and how to increase your knowledge base.

Our courses will guide you to take increasing responsibility for and ownership of your work and your learning. We do this so that you will be ready and able to take full advantage of the range of opportunities offered by the creative industries in the global economy.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements. 

Structure:

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Media Communications qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Programme Summary

Year 1

Units Summary: 

  • Introduction to Media Communications (20 credits)
  • Digital Media (20 credits)
  • Media Technologies and Institutions (20 credits)
  • Media Texts and Audiences (40 credits)
  • Visual Cultures (20 credits)

Year 2 

Units Summary: 

  • Mapping Social Media (20 credits)
  • Convergent Media: From Radio to Podcasting (20 credits)
  • Digital Cultures (20 credits)
  • Researching Media Industires (20 credits)
  • Promotional Media Communications (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)

Year 3

Units Summary: 

  • Live Project (20 credits)
  • Media, Regulation and Power (20 credits)
  • Digital Futures (20 credits)
  • Major Project (60 credits)

Course Structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

Staff

Tutors on this course ...

The course is delivered by experienced media academics and practitioners who come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Course team members are research active - their teaching is informed by their own research practice - and maintain vital links with the various sectors of the culture and creative industries to keep the course content fresh and up-to-date.

Course Leader Dr Thomas Giagkoglou has previous experience as course coordinator in media communications in higher education and also relevant professional experience in the fields of market research analysis and telecoms consultancy. His current research explores the field of social media in connection with the agency of technology and the human factor.

Programme Director: Steve Cross

Careers

The course will provide you with a thorough understanding of identified key skills necessary for a successful career in media or to progress further with your education. 

Alumni include ...

Graduates of this course would be suited to pursue careers in marketing communications, branding consultancy, market research and consumer analysis, news media, TV production, or work as digital media practitioners and social media editors.

This is a new course delivered across the School of Media and the School of Design. Alumni of the two Schools are currently working in as diverse sectors of the media and creative industries as arts institutions, film production and news organisations, both in the UK and abroad.

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and admissions

BA (Hons) Media Communications welcomes applications from candidates applying direct from A Level or other equivalent qualifications, but will also consider applicants who have completed a foundation or Access to HE course, or a BTEC National Diploma in a related subject. Applicants who have not completed an appropriate educational qualification but do have substantial work experience in the industry may also be considered.

Entry requirements (Home/International/EU)

BA (Hos) Media Communications applicants with some, or all, of the following achievements will be considered for admission to the programme:

  • 200 UCAS tariff points will also be accepted, provided that these have been gained from two B grades at GCE Advanced level in a related discipline (e.g. Media Studies, Humanities, or Social Sciences). In every case, candidates should also have passes in five GCSE subjects at grade C or above.
  • Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved 1 subject at GCE Advanced level and Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, supported by passes in three other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above. In addition, the University of the Arts London Awarding Body Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design will be considered. 
  • We also accept people with the equivalent qualifications obtained through a National Diploma, Access, NVQ and a variety of other pre-University level qualifications including International and European Baccalaureate. Other qualifications, including overseas, may be considered.
  • We also accept those with relevant professional and vocational qualifications.
  • The subjects studied at pre-University level (e.g. A level), which the course team will be looking for in your application, will be from a related discipline, such as Humanities (e.g., English Literature, and Philosophy), Social Sciences (e.g. Psychology and Sociology), and Media Production (e.g. Film and TV production).

Other entry routes

We also welcome applicants such as mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience. In such cases students applying on the basis of their previous experience or who wish to enter the course through Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes should apply via UCAS and will be guided by the admissions staff on the AP(E)L processes.

Students applying to this course will be expected to demonstrate a specific interest in this area of study and should have a commitment to engaging with media communications theory and practice.

Language requirements (International/EU)

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language knowledge in the form of IELTS (or equivalent). BA (Hons) Media Communications requires a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 for any individual component of the exam). Further information is available on our Language Centre page.
  • International applicants, please visit our International Applications page for further details regarding Admissions.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students wishing to spend one, two or three terms studying alongside our undergraduates, as part of their course at their home university may apply to join this BA course as Study Abroad students. To find out further information about Study Abroad and the application process please visit the Study Abroad website or contact the Study Abroad office:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk

Deferred entry

For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader will determine whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and course leader before/after applying at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.

International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.

Admission procedures

The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities policy of the University of the Arts London.

Applications are normally made through UCAS. Applications for this course are assessed on the basis of qualifications and the personal statement.

If more information is required, a member of the course team may contact the applicant and in some cases, may request the candidate to attend an interview.

Student selection criteria

The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities policy of the University of the Arts London.

Applications are normally made through UCAS. Applications for this course are assessed holistically on the basis of 1) academic qualifications, 2) the personal statement, and 3) the reference provided (normally an academic reference is required; however, relevant professional references will also be accepted).

If additional information is required, in order to make a decision on an application, a member of the course team may contact the applicant to request this and, in some cases, may request the candidate to attend an interview (either by telephone or in person at the College premises).

Student selection criteria - what do we look for?

All applications that are submitted through UCAS will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based upon the above-mentioned three selection criteria.

In particular, an applicant's suitability to join the course will be assessed on the following three key elements:

  • Firstly, they will look at all qualifications listed (or predicted results for qualifications not yet completed).
  • Secondly, they will scrutinise the applicant’s personal statement paying particular attention to the reasons for which the applicant has said s/he wishes to join the course.
  • Then they will read the academic or professional reference.
  • The personal statement is one of the most important parts of the application, as it provides an opportunity for the applicant to explain why s/he wants to study on this course and demonstrate to the course team that s/he has a genuine interest in the field of media communications.

Therefore, great care should be taken when writing the personal statement. Applicants are advised to write in a clear and structured fashion and free from any spelling mistakes. The statement should include some basic knowledge around the subject and should also demonstrate how the course will help the candidate to further this knowledge and develop additional relevant skills. It is also an opportunity for the candidate to say how s/he feels that they could personally contribute to the course.

In short, the applicant must demonstrate in the personal statement a strong interest in the field of media communications through discussion of past academic achievements, relevant work experience, personal experience and ambitions for personal development and involvement in the student culture of LCC.

Portfolio advice

There is no requirement for a portfolio for entry onto this programme.

Interview advice

Occasionally, an applicant will be invited for interview who has either requested to discuss their application with the course director or who the course director feels would benefit from discussing their application prior to final consideration.

If you are invited for interview you can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions that you may have for the course director and also re-familiarising yourself with your UCAS personal statement - from which the course director’s questions will probably arise. The interview will be relatively informal and will normally take place at LCC.

Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme.

Minimum UAL entry requirements

Find out more about the University's Regulations on Admissions.

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P302
  • There is no 'campus code' for LCC.

International Applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:

Follow the steps on the UAL International Application page for advice on how to apply.

Study Abroad Applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Media Communications for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.

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