• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2017
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeP302

BA (Hons) Media Communications

Applications closed 2017/18 

Applications for 2017/18 entry to this course have now closed. You may also be interested in BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures.
Visit the UAL Clearing page for a full list of courses that are open for application.

With an emphasis on the social and cultural impact of digital media forms, BA (Hons) Media Communications examines the technologies, practices and policies that drive modern media communications.

About this course

You will develop a critical understanding of new communications technologies through content production and by stimulating debate.

Applied skills such as image manipulation, different styles of writing, editing and working with layout software are covered. You will also learn how to project manage, pitch and present your ideas.

Student films and profiles

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.

Content

This degree course responds to the continuing transformation of media communications.

Intersecting media platforms have brought about the production of new forms of content, targeted at both general and niche audiences. The attention of these audiences 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.

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. 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 ...

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

Course units

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.

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.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, use our online course enquiry form.

Staff

Course Leader

Dr Thomas Giagkoglou

Programme Director

Steve Cross

Course Tutors 

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.

How to apply

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

Home / EU applicants

2017/18 entry
Please note, applications for 2017/18 entry for this course are now closed.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

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

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS home page, 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.

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.

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

International applicants

2017/18 entry
Please note, applications for 2017/18 entry for this course are now closed.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

International applicants can apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the University Applying through UCAS page.

For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

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.

Deferred entry

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.

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)

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

80 new UCAS tariff points (200 old UCAS tariff points) gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A Level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences). Ideally your A levels will be achieved at Grade C or above.

Or

One subject at A Level achieved at grade C or above PLUS Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3/4).

Alternatively you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 80 new UCAS tariff points (200 old UCAS tariff points) from one of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma 
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least three GCSE subjects including English.

If English is not your first language you will also need an up to date English qualification – see below.

Alternative 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).
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.
  • International applicants, please visit our International Applications page for further details regarding Admissions.

Student selection criteria - what do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team. They will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Firstly will consider your qualifications (or projected results)
  • Then they will review your personal statement
  • Then they will review your academic or personal references

Offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria, which should be demonstrated in your application:

  • A strong interest in and appreciation of the subject area 
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures

Personal statement advice

The personal statement is one of the most important parts of the application, as it provides an opportunity for the applicant to explain why they want to study on the course and demonstrate to the course team that they have a genuine interest in the field of media communications.

Great care should be taken when writing the personal statement. Applicants are advised to write in a clear and structured fashion, 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 they feel that they could personally contribute to the course. 

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 if the course leader feels they 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 leader and also re-reading your UCAS personal statement, from which the course leader’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.

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.

Next steps

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2017/18).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Career paths

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

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.

UAL Jobs and Careers

UAL has a number of services and networks that hold regular workshops and careers fairs developed to help you establish and promote your career in the arts, design, or media. These include:

Careers and Employability are the University's dedicated careers and professional practice service. We help UAL students and graduates embark on their professional futures in the creative industries, find jobs, set up a business, and sell their work. We run events throughout the year on all aspects of the career journey.

Creative Opportunities jobs board helps graduates and students find job and internship opportunities and connect with organisations and companies in the creative sector. We post jobs and paid internships, part-time work, freelance contracts and full-time opportunities.