Aberystwyth University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

Media and Communication Studies

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Course summary

The BA in Media & Communication Studies at Aberystwyth University explores who controls and owns our media, how media content is produced, and what kind of impact the media has on us as audiences. We will also introduce you to some of the key media and communication theorists and will consider how you can apply their thinking to your own study of media and communications. This degree will allow you to study in great detail the following: media fandom, advertising, news analysis, website design, digital culture, children and the media, surveillance society, language and the media, media history and policy together with creative practice experience in multi-platform production and experimental media. Your three years of study will be dynamic, invigorating and stimulating. Why study Media and Communication studies at Aberystwyth? You will be taught and mentored by staff who are experts in the field of Media and Communication, have excellent connections to the industry, contribute to national debates on the media, and are at the forefront of research in the field. Students on this course will have a deeper understanding of sociology, psychology, cultural studies, history, philosophy, linguistics, and marketing. Students will be taught in vibrant, modern and dynamic teaching facilities including a brand new PC lab designed to assimilate the digital media industry, digital production and editing suites. Our industry links are embedded at the heart of the department with the BBC Wales, regional office and broadcast situated by the entrance. Students can exploit full access to the National Sound and Screen Archive of Wales which is a stone’s through away from the Penglais campus. What will I learn? In your first year, you may explore: Relationship between media forms, media institutions and society; The links between established media theory and contemporary approaches to new media; The links between classic and contemporary debates in communication; The research relating to modes of communication between radio, press, advertising, mobile phone technologies and the internet; Key concepts and techniques of media production, directing, cinematography, editing. In your second year, you may discover: Specific histories, traditions and roles to each medium; Television production; Broadcasting history; Experimental media production; Journalism; Advertising; Videogames; Scriptwriting In your final year you can choose to: Undertake independent research resulting in a dissertation; Produce experimental or documentary films; Study videogames, TV, gender, media law, semiotics or experimental cinema.

Course details

Modules

In your first year you will explore the relationship between media forms, media institutions and society; the links between established media theory and contemporary approaches to new media; the links between classic and contemporary debates in communication. You will research relating to modes of communication between radio, press, advertising, mobile phone technologies and the internet. In your second you will discover specific histories, traditions and roles to each medium; particulary in television production, Broadcasting history, Experimental media production, Website design, Surveillance technologies, Journalism, Advertising and Scriptwriting. In your final year you will have the opportunity to produce, direct, edit a short video which can be experimental, documentary or narrative fiction. The best work will be entered for the Royal Television Society Student Video Awards.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
P300
Institution code:
A40
Campus name:
Main Site (Aberystwyth)
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: [email protected]) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.

Additional entry requirements

Other

A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Business, Mathematics, Psychology and Science degree schemes also require a minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent).


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedB
Cambridge English ProficiencyC
IELTS (Academic)6.5With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic62With minimum scores of 51 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)88With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
82%
Student satisfaction
60%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
80%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
EU £15375 Year 1
International £15375 Year 1

Additional fee information

The UK and Welsh Governments have confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in the academic year 2021/22 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. Fees for EU students will therefore be charged in line with international fees from 2021/22 onwards. Please note Irish nationals will continue to be eligible for home fee status and support by the Welsh Government under the Common Travel Area arrangement

Sponsorship information

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

Media and Communication Studies at Aberystwyth University - UCAS