Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Hayley Donigan

MA Media Industries

“I am originally from California, and I first came to Leeds to complete my undergraduate degree in Communications Studies. I had a great experience at the School so I decided to pursue a full time master’s degree in Media Industries. This allowed me to become more specialised in my interests and further develop my academic skills. I am also a course representative for my degree, so I am responsible for gathering feedback from students and representing my course at staff/student forums in which we discuss how the department can improve.

I have loved living in Leeds throughout my undergraduate degree; it is a lively student city that has a bustling nightlife and cultural scene as well as being welcoming and comfortable. Also, the University of Leeds is a great institution to be a part of; the campus is beautiful and the quality of teaching is impressive and accessible. I had an invaluable experience as an undergraduate student in Leeds so I wanted to continue by pursuing a master’s degree in the same department.

I have a keen interest in the media industries and how digitalisation has affected them in recent decades. In addition, I am interested in learning about how people are affected by the media, and how the media can be affected itself. Finally, I am passionate about visual communications, and my studies have allowed me to explore how images can be deconstructed to identify covert meanings. The quality of teaching in the department has accelerated this passion and allowed me to explore my interests in a supportive and challenging environment.

I have enjoyed attending lectures because I can learn about a variety of interesting topics in modules that I have chosen to take. Also, I have been able to pursue my personal interest in advertising throughout the process of completing my dissertation.

Leeds is an excellent city, and since the first day I arrived here I have felt at home. It embraces international students, and it has a variety of clubs, museums, restaurants, and historic landmarks, so there is something that everyone can enjoy. The city centre has everything you could want, and just outside the city centre are beautiful parks and bustling student areas.

The learning facilities at the School are excellent. The building is modern and has comfortable seminar rooms and group study rooms. There are plenty of computer clusters for students to use across campus, and master’s students in the communications department are provided with a spacious room that has tables, sofas and computers.

I would encourage anyone who enjoys a combination of taught learning and independent study to apply for this course. The course is challenging and interesting, and the department makes a large effort to cater to the needs of all students.

After my course, I hope to gain employment in the media sector. I would like to apply my communications skills to a marketing-related job, especially one in which I could utilise my writing skills and passion for branding and social media. I would also like to explore employment opportunities in other European countries.”

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