Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Media and Communication [with Foundation Year]

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Course summary

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. The impact of our Communication, Cultural & Media Studies research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Industry-standard facilities As part of your studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative industries facilities including:

  • Film studio with overhead lighting, tracks, dollies and green screen
  • Multi-camera television studio with modular set panels and modern set dressing
  • Full range of location kit from 4K digital cameras, professional lighting, to Steadicam
  • Sound-recording equipment for location filming
  • Editing suites with Da Vinci Resolve and the full Adobe Creative Cloud software suite
  • Finishing suite with audio monitoring and grading panels
  • Aaton Cameras and Steenbeck editors for 16mm film production
  • Motion capture equipment
As one of our students you'll also have access to all our other art, design and creative industries facilities and equipment. 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

Modules

Year 1 core modules: Interactive Learning Skills and Communication; Information and Communication Technology; Critical Thinking; Intercultural Studies; Ethics; Psychology; Composition and Style; Social Perceptions. Year 2 core modules: Media, Culture and Power; Creative Moving Image; Sound, Text, Image; Theorising Popular Culture. Year 1 Optional modules: Introduction to Television Studies; Anglia Language Programme. Year 3 core modules: Digital Media Theory: Social Media, AI, and the Cultures of the Internet; Online Journalism; Teenage Kicks: Youth Culture and Media; Television Genres; Ruskin Module. Year 3 optional modules: Documentary Film Theory; Non-Fiction Filmmaking; Photography; Podcasting; Anglia Language Programme. Year 4 core modules: 'Fake News', Media Law and Social Conflict; Sound and Vision: Music and Media; Research Project in Film and Media. Year 4 optional modules: Contemporary Television; Critical Approaches to Video Games; Cultural Politics of Celebrity; Digital Publishing; Experiments in Film and Moving Image; Gender and Popular Cinema; Independent Film Practice; Anglia Language Programme.

Assessment method

You’ll show your progress through many different methods that reflect the range of skills required by creative industry employers, including 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.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
L302
Institution code:
A60
Campus name:
Cambridge Campus
Campus code:
C

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.


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
73%
Student satisfaction
80%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
Go onto work and study

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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

https://aru.ac.uk/student-life/preparing-for-university/help-with-finances/undergraduate
Media and Communication [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS