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BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures

College
LCC
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
P301

Course summary

BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures explores what it means to study media and culture in a contemporary context. Explore the role that media, cultural and creative processes play in shaping today’s world.

About this course

The course draws on a range of new academic perspectives and combines them with the making of media, such as film, photography, journalistic writing and web-based content.

The course offers practical elements designed specifically to help you develop your critical thinking, by putting your ideas into practice and prepares you for a successful career in whatever area of the media you choose to go into, from photography to marketing, journalism to filmmaking, curation to web design.

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Timothy Ogu

Timothy a graduate of BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures, formally known as BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies, talks us through their work during the LCC Degree Shows 2017.

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Course details

The focus of BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures is to examine the role media, cultural and creative processes play in the shaping of all aspects of contemporary social life.

You will learn about media and cultural theory in an art and design university that emphasises creativity, innovation, exploration, discovery and collaboration.

What you can expect?

The course guides you through a series of case study units that will help you understand the links between the academic concepts and discussions explored in the degree and how these ideas can be applied using a range of media.

This course is different from others because the practical elements are designed specifically to help you develop your critical thinking – by putting your ideas into practice. You don’t just learn what to do and how to do it, you also learn why you’re doing it.

This course prepares you for a successful career in whatever area of the media you choose to go into, from photography to marketing, journalism to filmmaking, curation to web design.

Showcasing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCC and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen.

Course units

Year One

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Contemporary Media Cultures (20 credits)
  • Key Concepts in Media and Culture (20 credits)
  • Theory and Analysis in Media Culture (20 credits)
  • Global Media Cultures (20 credits)
  • Identity and Difference (40 credits)

Your first year introduces you to the concepts, theories and language of the degree; it prepares you for your future study.

The units are specifically designed to introduce you to major media and cultural theories and analysis: how social status is organised around socio-economic systems of taste and value, media effects – the contemporary and the modern, and ideas about the globalisation of the contemporary media landscape.

We look at how media and culture are produced and consumed for and by the global market and how this shapes contemporary audiences and patterns of consumption. The programme also introduces textual analysis and media production.

Global Media Cultures looks at the changes to media production and consumption and their implications for national and cultural identities. You are given an opportunity to explore these issues through the creation of web-based materials.

In Identity and Difference, we study the formation of cultural identity and think about how theories of the 'self' and subjectivity help shape the way we represent identity through the making of a film and the practice of writing.

Year Two

Units summary:

  • Contemporary Cinema: Theories and Practice (40 credits)
  • Television and Its Futures (20 credits)
  • Audiences, Publics, and Networks (20 credits)
  • Working in the Media and Creative Industries (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)

In your second year the theoretical approach shifts. Units are more tailored to very specific case studies. For example, we examine how audiences are shaped by the multi-platform delivery of television and how cinema has been transformed into the contemporary landscape of international media distribution and exhibition.

We teach through the study of relevant academic materials alongside close readings of television and film texts. You also have the opportunity to explore these ideas through collaboratively producing short films.

In this year we more directly address the question of what it means to work in the media and how the 'nature of work' is changing.

You will meet a range of people working in different areas of the media and cultural industries in our Industry Speakers series, which we run throughout the second and third terms of the year. Many of the participants will be course graduates returning to the College to explain how their degree helped them get the job they wanted and learn about what it means to work in the media.

We also prepare you for work placement opportunities through the Collaborative Project unit, which is structured around students working closely alongside an external organisation. This provides invaluable personal and professional development and the chance for you to enhance your organisational and collaborative skills, as well as applying your knowledge to a live case study.

Year Three

Units summary:

  • Interventions: Contemporary Media Activism (20 credits)
  • Digital Screen Cultures (20 credits)
  • The Critical Practitioner (20 credits)
  • Major Project (60 credits)

In year three you will focus in the first term on units that bring together key themes, concepts, debates and ideas from the degree; allowing you to explore them in more detail. The course includes The Critical Practitioner unit, which is your opportunity to produce a portfolio of work, which is either shown for public exhibition or produced for publication.

We also analyse post-cinematic screen cultures, thinking about how film, for example, has been transformed by digital platforms. The programme also examines the relationship between media, social change and 'critical consciousness'. We ask: What is the role of alternative and social media in the shaping of today's world?

Your final Major Project is a crucial part of your degree and you will be given extensive training in research methods to help you develop your skills and research focus. This unit gives you the opportunity to focus on a piece of research developed around an area of study that you are particularly interested in.

Students produce either a written dissertation or a project that puts into practice the ideas of the course through the production of one or more media texts, created alongside a written critical reflection and analysis. The Major Project not only prepares a number of students for research at postgraduate level but also provides many with an opportunity to work out their first step in their graduate career.

Teaching and learning methods

The courses outcomes are taught using the following learning and teaching methods:

  • Lectures/large group learning
  • Workshop & seminar learning
  • Academic tutorials
  • Skills based workshops
  • Personal tutorials
  • Self-directed learning
  • Outside speakers
  • Study trips and visits
  • Research methods training
  • Assessed assignments

Assessment methods

The course outcomes are assessed using the following assessment methods:

  • Practical project work and computer based activities
  • Prepared writing
  • Responses to case studies
  • Oral presentation
  • Personal presentations of prepared work
  • Simulations and role plays
  • Workshop based activities
  • Written research projects
  • The creation of a portfolio of collection of work, which may contain a number of different activities

Changes to courses

Information provided by the University is accurate at the time of first publication. Courses, however, remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to improve the quality of educational services; in order to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body, bring course content in line with best practice activities across the Higher Education sector, respond to student feedback, and/or due to a lack of student demand for certain units or options.
Events may arise outside of the reasonable control of the University which leads to changes to courses. Such events may include industrial action, civil disorder, severe weather, and changes in applicable laws and/or safety requirements.
If you have accepted a place on a course, we shall notify you of any changes as soon as reasonably practicable.

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 register your interest form.

Staff

Jonathan  Wright

Jonathan Wright

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures

Adrian  Crookes

Adrian Crookes

Programme Director, Communications and Media

Lab Ky Mo

Lab Ky Mo

Lecturer, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures

Sarah  Cefai

Sarah Cefai

Acting Course Leader, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures

Charlie  Oughton

Charlie Oughton

Associate Lecturer

Corinne  Silva

Corinne Silva

Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures and MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice

Sara  Marino

Sara Marino

Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media

Zoetanya  Sujon

Zoetanya Sujon

Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media

Associate Lecturer

Nicola Baird

Associate lecturers

VJ  Choolun

VJ Choolun

Associate Lecturer

Susan  Flynn

Susan Flynn

Lecturer

Adrian  Sledmere

Adrian Sledmere

Associate Lecturer

Peter D  Osbourne

Peter D Osbourne

Associate Lecturer, MA Media Communications and Critical Practice and BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures

Chris  Sams

Chris Sams

Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

80 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 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 Diploma
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally, you will have achieved passes at grade C/grade 4 or above in at least three GCSE subjects.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements (International/EU)

IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English language requirements page for more information.

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

Selection criteria

The details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • A demonstrable interest in the discipline of contemporary media cultures
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach (through research and practice) to this area of study
  • Commitment to the study and development of your own creative practice and subsequent career opportunities

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will consider you for a place on the course. We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

To find out more, view our Undergraduate Application Process page.

This course doesn’t require you to provide a portfolio.

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in contemporary media cultures, and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course. 

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC. 

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future. 

State what you personally would bring to the course, and explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.

Making your application

Apply for this course though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS):

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P301

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration.  However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2020/21)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed year 1 of a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at LCC, you can identify the point of entry as year 2 on your application, and consideration will be given by the course admissions tutor.

LCC will consider applications for entry at Year 3 in exceptional cases only.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

Erasmus

For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section on the UAL website.

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

If you are applying through UCAS, you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P301

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

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

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

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2020/21)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed year 1 of a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at LCC, you can identify the point of entry as year 2 on your application, and consideration will be given by the course admissions tutor.

LCC will consider applications for entry at Year 3 in exceptional cases only.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

Study Abroad applicants

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

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


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents through the portal. You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend. Details of this interview will be sent via the UAL Portal.

Immigration history check

International applicants, whether applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or by direct application, you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you do not complete the check, we will not be able to proceed with your application.

What happens next?

We will advise you of your application outcome through UCAS Track. If you are an International applicant and have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL Portal.

We invite all offer holders to come to LCC, from January onwards, to attend one of our Offer Holder events. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action.

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

Deferring your place

If you are offered a place for 2019/20 but wish to defer to 2020/21, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a deposit in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2019/20).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2019/20 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

£19,930 (2019/20).

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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Careers and alumni

BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures will help you to build up a range of transferable skills; the capacity to organise your ideas and make arguments; the ability to critique cultural objects and cultural practices; understand how the media is organised and how this organisation shapes content.

You will also build your confidence and develop the ability to present your ideas in a creative and authoritative way.

Graduates develop successful careers in the media, cultural and creative industries, including media and communication management and research, advertising, marketing, PR and film festival development.

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