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Course Level
BA (HONS)
Course Duration
3 YEARS
UCAS Code
P922
UCAS Points
104

WE LIVE IN AN EVER-CHANGING
MEDIA-SATURATED WORLD.

From advertisements to political messages, marketing schemes to cultural critiques and scholarship, every day, we produce and consume hundreds – sometimes thousands – of messages. Together, these messages express our understanding of ourselves, shape our relationships with others, and make sense of everyday events and experiences. And in these digital times, it’s more important than ever to understand how the media work and how they influence us. This course gives you the key creative and practical expertise to influence them – and the critical insights and analytical skills to evaluate the digital flows that are the lifeblood of contemporary society. 

What will you learn? ×

A distinctive combination of theory and practice will empower you to:

  • Understand what’s happening as you consume mass and social media – how these powerful industries influence, manipulate and inspire.
  • Build key critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Develop a wide-ranging knowledge of the production, meaning and consumption of contemporary media.
  • Gain practical skills across a range of digital media technologies, techniques and platforms.
  • Become a critically informed and highly reflexive media practitioner.Enjoy a relevant placement opportunity with one of UA92’s leading partners.
How will you learn? ×
  • Practice-based sessions.
  • Computer suite and media lab work.
  • Lectures and seminars.
  • Workshops.
  • Problem-based learning.
  • Presentations and demonstrations.
  • Industry placements.
  • Studio-based work.
  • Virtual learning environments.
  • Screenings.
  • Group project meetings.
  • Independent study and research.
Develop more than skills and knowledge ×

Your UA92 degree goes far beyond the traditional academic experience.

Our ambition is to take you on a personal development journey. It’s about discovering just how much you’re capable of, and graduating a better version of you. From leadership to resilience and effective team working, it’s all covered by our Target Talent Curriculum.

Technical tools you will master ×

You will have opportunity to get to grips with commercial and open source software that might include:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, InDesign, Premier, and Lightbox.
  • Dreamweaver.
  • Audacity.
  • ProTools.
  • Virtual, mixed and augmented reality software.

APPLY NOW

Follow the link to the UCAS website for all the information you need to apply.

ORDER A PROSPECTUS

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BOOK AN OPEN DAY

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COURSE OVERVIEW
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
COURSE STRUCTURE
CAREERS
FEES AND FUNDING
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THE FULL STORY

Media and Communications BA (Hons) offers a blend of hands-on practical skills, theoretical understanding and critical analysis to help you make sense and make use of contemporary media. This programme enables you to develop a range of key skills so that you can become a critical, informed, reflexive and reflective media practitioner. The distinctive blend of theory and practice is underpinned by the Target Talent Curriculum ethos of UA92. 


We’ll challenge you to think critically about various media forms and platforms as sources of information and ideology. Learn to look at them as: 

  • Producers of entertainment and distraction.
  • Modes of power and persuasion.
  • Technologies and channels of creative self-expression.

You’ll explore the politics and economics of global and trans-national media industries – and how they influence and impact upon our everyday lives. Who owns and controls the media? How do governments, corporations and publics interact to shape what we get to see and hear? 

You’ll also develop a wide-ranging knowledge of the production, meaning and consumption of contemporary media not just for its own sake, but rather in order to underpin your own practical media work.


Central to the BA programme is the development of your skills across a range of digital media technologies and techniques including: 

  • Studio practice.
  • Audio-visual equipment.
  • Working with still and moving images.
  • Sound recording and mixing.
  • Blogging.
  • Websites.
  • Networking.
  • Professional and legal expectations and industry standards.

Working individually and in teams using innovative technologies, programs and packages – you’ll put theory into practice, creating an interview-smashing portfolio of media products from videos to mash-ups, montages to mixes, from adverts to artworks. This degree programme is specifically designed for students set on careers in the media and creative industries.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

At UA92, we’re committed to widening access to higher education for all.

Applications are open to students who may not have considered university study before and to those who thought it was beyond their grades. Because of this, we aim to be as flexible as possible with our entry criteria and recognise qualifications from around the world. 

Our typical entry offer is 104 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 qualification. We operate a flexible admissions policy, reviewing your application as a whole giving consideration to your personal statement and achievements so far. If you do not see your qualification below please contact our admissions team at hello@UA92.ac.uk.

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.
BTEC Diploma: D*D.
Pass Access Course: With 104 UCAS points.
A levels: BCC.
International Baccalaureate: 28 points with 14 from Higher Level Subjects.
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5.
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths and English or equivalent.

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UNLOCKING YOUR GREATNESS

UA92 offers a truly exciting opportunity to develop and hone your skills. 

We will provide full details of our course structures later this year. In the meantime, if you want to stay up to date with our latest news and updates why not sign up?

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WHERE MIGHT IT TAKE YOU?

  1. Media, creative and cultural industries.
  2. Content Creator, Designer or Manager.
  3. Arts, design and innovation industries.
  4. Roles in PR, branding and marketing.
  5. Entrepreneurial and innovation enterprises.
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FEES AND FINANCE

University is a big investment and it’s important to consider how you’ll manage your finances.

We’ve answered some of the questions you might have, to prepare you with all the information before taking the next step.


What do I need to pay for? 
If you decide to study away from home, your three biggest outgoings will be tuition fees, accommodation and living costs. 


How much are tuition fees? 

The cost for UK undergraduate students at UA92 for September 2019 entry is £9,000 per academic year. 

Most students choose to take out a student loan to cover this, paid directly to the institution. 


How do I apply for a student loan? 
You can apply online from Student Finance England, www.gov.uk/student-finance. Applying is not dependent on an offer, so you can get a headstart on the process. 


When do I pay this back? 
Not straight away. You won’t actually start paying the loan back until you’re working and earning over £21,000 - how much you pay depends on your salary. 


Is there a loan for accommodation and living costs? 
Yes – eligible UK students can apply for a Maintenance Loan, again through Student Finance England, up to £8,430 a year to help with the costs of living. Repayment of this works in the same way as your tuition fees – they actually combine together into one sum. 


I’m an international student, how much are my fees? 
Fees for international students will be available soon on our website. You will be expected to pay a minimum of 50 percent, upfront before your course begins. 


Can I get advice or support during my time at UA92? 
Absolutely, we will have a Support Team on campus to help you with budgeting and financial advice to ensure you manage your money whilst studying with us. In addition, and as part of our Target Talent Curriculum, you’ll learn about financial planning to manage your finances in study and throughout your working life. 


Is there any other financial help available? 
There are other government grants - which you don’t have to pay back - to cover living costs for students with dependents, though these depend on your household income. There is also extra support available for students with a disability. All information can be found at www.gov.uk/student-finance

YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3
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YEAR 1 SUBJECT MODULES

  • Media, Technology and Culture
  • Communication Techniques and Creating Content
  • Media Production
  • Media and Public Relations
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YEAR 2 SUBJECT MODULES

  • Politics, Power and Communication
  • Media, Events and News Cultures
  • Audio and Video Production
  • Integrated Marketing Communication
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YEAR 3 SUBJECT MODULES

  • Project
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Media Policy: Politics and Economics of the Media Industries
  • Researching Media Audiences