Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Media and English

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Course summary

This degree allows you to explore critical perspectives in literature and media alongside each other while developing your skills in creative writing (script and short story) and editing. Why study BA Media & English at Goldsmiths?

  • The media shapes our lives in many unseen ways, from our views on race and religion to the way we see the economy. You’ll be given the tools you need to understand and address these issues. We encourage you to be critical – a vital skill for questioning the status quo.
  • You’ll develop a vocabulary for discussing and analysing works of literature from different genres and historical periods.
  • This course offers you the chance to cultivate your creative skills – you’ll be creating screenplays for film and TV, plays for radio, and short stories. These will form a portfolio that you can show to future employers.
  • You’ll gain an understanding of media production and how writing impacts on the technical aspects of the media industry.
  • We regularly host events in which major international researchers, writers and critics present and talk about their work; they have included Danny Boyle, Gurinder Chadha, Noel Clark and Sir Lenny Henry.
Please note the BA Media and English only accepts applications for first year entry.

Course details


You'll take introductory-level theoretical modules in media/communications and literature in your first year, and will take a creative writing module in which you explore the various forms of narrative fiction in media – screenplays for film and tv, plays for radio and short stories – and develop an original idea into one of these forms. The second year develops your understanding of approaches to studying communications and the media, and gives you the opportunity to follow your interests in English. You'll also complete a second, longer project in creative writing. In the third year you're free to choose from a range of options, according to your interests. You'll also complete a final creative writing project, in which you'll demonstrate understanding of how to work with fiction writing (and writers) from the production side (film, tv, radio, publishing). Year 1 (credit level 4) you take the following compulsory modules: Approaches to Text Film and the Audiovisual: Theory and Analysis Key Debates in Media Studies Explorations in Literature In addition to: Creative Writing (Script and Short Story) - Level 4 Year 2 (credit level 5) Media and Communications - you'll take media theory options that cover the internationalisation of cultural and media studies, the psychology of communications or theories of political economy in the cultural industries. You select two Media option modules. Those recently available have included: Psychology, Subjectivity and Power Money, Society, and Culture Media, Memory and Conflict Television and After Culture, Society and the Individual Moving Image and Spectatorship Media, Modernity and Social Thought You also study: Creative Writing (Script and Short Story) Level 5 In addition to: English and Creative Writing (chosen from an approved list) Level 5 You take modules to the value of 60 credits from an approved list of module units available annually from the Department of English and Creative Writing. You can follow your interests and choose three modules from a wide range offering diverse literary, historical and contextual scope. Year 3 (credit level 6) Media and Communications (chosen from an approved list) You take modules to the value of 30 credits from an approved list of third year module units available annually from the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Examples of previous Media options include: Structure of Contemporary Political Communication Race, Empire and Nation The City and Consumer Culture Music as Communication and Creative Practice Embodiment and Experience Media Law and Ethics Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures Promotional Culture Politics of the Audiovisual Social Media in Everyday Life Media Geographies You also take the following compulsory module: Creative Writing (Script and Short Story) Level 6 In addition to: English and Creative Writing (chosen from an approved list) You take modules to the value of 30 credits from an approved list of third-year modules available annually from the Department of English and Creative Writing. Note: students who take the dissertation option must pass that module (30 credits) in addition to the compulsory Creative Writing module in order to be awarded the degree And either a dissertation (30 credits) or modules to value of 30 credits from the Department of English and Creative Writing. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects and reflective essays, as well as seen and unseen written examinations.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

As the course demands significant amounts of writing, it's important that you are able to cope with the rigours of the course. You may be asked for examples of written work and called to interview.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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