BA (Hons) Media Communications

Places available 2017/18

This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others available at London College of Communication, visit the Places available page.

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.

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.


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

£9,250 per year


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 academic years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate Tuition Fees page for full information on tuition fees.

International Fee

£17,920 per year

Start Date25 September 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for 2017/18 entry. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.
UCAS CodeP302
University CodeU65

Content and Structure


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.


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. 


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)

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

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, please contact a member of the course team.


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


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)

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.


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.

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

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 - 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.

Next Steps

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

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

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

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

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

Applications for the academic year 2017/18 will be accepted from November 2016. 

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.

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