Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Digital Media and Creative Practice with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Our BA Digital Media and Creative Practice gives you the opportunity to combine the academic study of digital media with a focus on gaining applied creative skills. You will work directly with digital technologies and techniques. Our world today is increasingly digital. We can know our city’s iconic places through location-aware apps. We shape our identity alongside social media influencers. We fuel the growth of platform monopolies through small, daily gestures like posting videos or ‘liking’ friends’ jokes. We are learning that biases around race, class, gender and sexuality are embedded into algorithms that need to be challenged. You will not only explore digital media theories with leading scholars and practitioners, but learn how to become a digital media professional. Rather than offering a pre-packaged model, we aim to help you shape your own practice, which can take many forms. This course is your chance to equip yourself with the professional skills you need to create engaging digital content, products and services, guided by leading scholars who are themselves immersed in creative industries. You will study areas such as:

  • social media strategy
  • web design and user experience
  • video editing, podcasting
  • data mining and analysis
  • PR and marketing.
You can also gain the tools and skills needed to develop your own creative project, a curatorial concept, a creative business strategy, or to manage a creative organisation. By the end of your studies, you will have the knowledge and skills needed to work in the digital media and creative industries as well as a broader range of professional settings where applied knowledge of digital media is in high demand. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights
  • Birkbeck was ranked as one of the top four universities in the UK for its Art and Design research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
  • In film, media and cultural studies, Birkbeck fosters an especially research-intensive environment. We offer an extensive portfolio of internationally respected courses that span a variety of academic disciplines and engage with the latest ideas and techniques in journalism, media and cultural theory, arts policy and management, film and television studies, creative marketing, digital culture and East Asian cultural studies.
  • Attend our dynamic programme of seminars, events and guest lectures organised by affiliated research centres and networks such as Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture, the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology.
  • Make yourself at home in our Bloomsbury campus, which includes facilities such as the award-winning Birkbeck Cinema, the Peltz Gallery, and computer labs equipped with video editing, print layout and web design software packages.
  • Learn from leading academic researchers in the field such as Scott Rodgers, Joel McKim, Rebekah Cupitt, Silke Arnold-de Simine, Lina Džuverović, Robert Topinka, Sophie Hope and Professor Tim Markham. Acquire up-to-date skills and knowledge from experienced industry practitioners at the heart of London's global media industry.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue careers in the media and cultural industries, for example in:
  • film
  • television
  • newspapers
  • online publishing
  • digital media management
  • magazines
  • trade publications
  • public relations.


For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Essays and a range of alternative and creative methods of assessment, including writing exercises, audiovisual presentations, digital media designs and applications, conceptual representations and online or mobile diaries.

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests. If you don’t meet the minimum English language requirements, please contact us or see our international study skills page for more details of how we can help.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 Year 1
International £8810 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home students: Year 1&2: £4,625 per year Year 3+: £6,935 per year International students: Year 1&2: £8,810 per year Year 3+: £12,615 per year Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their course. Tuition fees for students continuing on their course in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Digital Media and Creative Practice with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS