Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Media and Communication [with Foundation Year]

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Course summary

Please note this replaces BA (Hons) Media Studies [with Foundation Year] for September 2021 entry. Explore media theory and practice from broadcast media to digital publishing, and graduate ready to work in today’s fast-moving industry with our BA (Hons) Media and Communication degree in Cambridge. On our Media and Communication degree you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of our data-driven society and contemporary media environment. You’ll explore issues such as digital media theory, identity and representation, politics and popular culture. You’ll learn to analyse and debate the latest theories and discover the impact of media on all our lives such as the role of ‘Fake News’ and the ethical responsibility of journalism in a 'post-truth' age. Working in our specialist facilities, you’ll also get hands-on and engage with media production including documentary filmmaking, photography, and digital publishing; creating apps, podcasts or new online platforms. Choose to study abroad for one semester and get funding to cover the cost, and hone your skills through work placements. As a BA (Hons) Media and Communication student at ARU, you’ll be able to focus on particular areas of interest, such as social media, TV, music, journalism, popular or subculture. You’ll also have the opportunity to carry out a work placement, or produce a commissioned product, in the area of your choice as you prepare for a career in media-related roles, including film, TV, photography and social media, broadcasting, production, post-production, digital content creation and journalism. On all of our modules, you will work with industry-standard equipment and software, including Adobe Premiere, Photoshop and After Effects. As a student at ARU you’ll have use of a fully-equipped HD multi-camera TV studio with multi-purpose scenic backdrops, suitable for current affairs, drama and magazine programmes; a film studio featuring overhead lighting, tracks, dollies, green screens, and flats; a full range of HD cameras, as well as Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film cameras; sound-recording equipment for location filming; for editing and post-production, the complete Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, including Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects. Careers You’ll graduate from our BA (Hons) Media and Communication ready for many media-related roles, including broadcasting, film, photography or television production, media consultancy, journalism, public relations and advertising. You’ll also pick up skills for other professions that require an understanding of the media, including web design and publishing. Whichever path you follow, you can be sure you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements. Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. These placements could form part of your assessed work and, for many previous students, have led directly to employment. We also offer dedicated employability support throughout your time here. Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters degree, such as MA Film and Television Production. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Course details


Foundation Year core module: Foundation in Humanities, English, Media, Social Sciences and Education Year 1 Core modules: Media, Culture and Power Creative Moving Image Sound, Text, Image Theorising Popular Culture Year 1 Optional modules: Introduction to Television Studies Year 2 Core modules: Teenage Kicks: Youth Culture and Media Television Genre Online Journalism Digital Media Theory: Social Media, Al and the Cultures of the internet. Year 2 Optional modules: Documentary Film Theory Photography Non-Fiction Filmmaking Year 3 Core modules: Major Project Or Major Project in Creative Media Practice Sound and Vision: Music and Media ‘Fake News’, Media Law and Social Conflict Year 3 Optional modules: Experiments in Film and Moving Image Multiplexed: Contemporary Popular Cinema Cultural Politics of Celebrity Contemporary Television Digital Publishing Critical Approaches to Video Games Optional modules available all years: Anglia Language Programme

Assessment method

You’ll show your progress through many different methods that reflect the range of skills required by employers. Your assignments might include case studies, critical essays, screenplays, journals, film reviews and analyses, presentations, and a portfolio of practical work, as well as ‘hands on’ assignments such as internet, print and video production/commissions. Modules are subject to change and availability.

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

5 GCSEs at grade 3, or grade D, or above, (or equivalent) plus evidence of having attempted two years of post GCSE study at level 3. Students who have achieved a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent), will be exempt from the two year post GCSE requirement (as stated above) but must still hold 5 GCSEs (as stated above). Students without English as their first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 (Academic level with at least 5.5 in each of the four components) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
Media and Communication [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS