Media and Communication [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS

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
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. 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. Employability and personal career development Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules. To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. These all provide you with experience you can evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.


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; Anglia Language Programme. Year 2 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 2 optional modules: Documentary Film Theory; Non-Fiction Filmmaking; Photography; Anglia Language Programme. Year 3: Work placement. Year 4 core modules: 'Fake News', Media Law and Social Conflict; Sound and Vision: Music and Media; Major Project in Creative Media. Year 3 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; Anglia Language Programme. Modules are subject to change and availability.

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Qualification requirements

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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

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1,400.
Media and Communication [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS