Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

School of Media and Communication

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I am a brand and communications assistant in an international research consultancy. Although mainly involved in PR and events I feel that my degree has given me a more rounded perspective of the media industry as well as developing skills that have helped me find employment. I not only learnt about the industry but developed skills while being able to focus on what I enjoyed doing most. I liked how the course was a mixture of the practical and theoretical. Studying photography in the third year gave me a balance to the academic modules and another skill I can put in my CV. The professors and lecturers are definitely the best part of studying at Leeds; they are experts in their fields willing to help at every point. They are truly passionate about what they do and have taught me to look for that same passion in my chosen career.

D. Phillips

BA Hons Communication and Media

This Information is for 2017 entry onlyto see the information for 2016 entry please see this page

The BA Communication and Media is a flexible degree, where core modules on the sociology and culture of communication and media industries are complemented by options in political journalism, public relations, new / online media, film studies, photography, the creative and cultural industries and international communications. For admissions enquiries, contact the Admissions Tutor, Dr Tracey Mollet.

From political campaigns to celebrity scandals and the ways we communicate with each other, media is at the centre of our daily experiences. This challenging programme will equip you to analyse the media and think critically about its social and political impacts, while giving you the chance to explore media production.

You’ll study theory and research in communication and media alongside the broader economic, political and social context of the communications and media industries. You’ll develop your critical and creative skills, and optional modules could see you building skills such as screenwriting, camera and editing techniques and new media practices.

Taught by expert researchers, you could choose to focus on PR, cinema history, short film production, news journalism, digital media and a range of other topics. You could even undertake a four-week work placement to gains hands-on experience in the communications and media industries.

Specialist facilities

You’ll study in a stimulating environment with specialist resources to support your media production work. As well as our extensive loans service for equipment such as digital recorders, video cameras, stills cameras and more, you’ll benefit from access to our 40 editing suites equipped with the latest Avid video editing software and Photoshop.

We also have a dedicated new media lab with specialist software, a Burli-equipped radio studio and a TV studio and gallery complete with large green screen area. The 58-seat Phil Taylor Cinema screens films twice a week during term time, and is equipped with HD video projection facilities, 16mm and 35mm film projectors and Dolby Digital surround sound.

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You’ll be introduced to key areas of communications and media studies in Year 1, exploring theories and research that address vital questions such as:

  • How can we understand the roles of media in society?
  • What roles do media play in political processes?
  • How do changes in the media relate to our understandings of gender, race, religion and sexuality?
  • What factors influence the work of communications professionals?

Year 2 builds on this foundation when you study communications theories in more depth and develop your research skills. You’ll place your knowledge of the media industries into the context of media policy-making and select optional modules on diverse topics such as the concept of genre in cinema, journalism ethics and digital media.

By your final year, you’ll have the specialist knowledge and research skills to complete a dissertation on a specific communication or media topic of your choice, supervised by an academic specialist in the School. You’ll complement this with your choice of optional modules in a wide range of areas, from citizen media to audience research, political journalism to documentaries. You could also undertake a four-week work placement to gain hands-on experience in the industry.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • The History of Communication 20 credits
  • Introduction to Media and Communication Research 20 credits
  • Power, Politics and the Media 20 credits
  • Studying Media 20 credits
  • Introduction to Media and Communication Theory 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Camera and Editing 20 credits
  • Animation and Interactivity 20 credits
  • Introduction to Cinema 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Visual Communication 20 credits
  • Media Policy 20 credits
  • Communication Research Methods 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Technology in Communication and Media 20 credits
  • Music as Communication 20 credits
  • Broadcast Journalism Ethics 20 credits
  • Issues in Journalism 20 credits
  • Communication Skills 20 credits
  • Screen Fiction 20 credits
  • Working in Digital Media 20 credits
  • Digital Storytelling 20 credits
  • Cinematic Themes 20 credits
  • Introduction to Public Relations 20 credits
  • From Film Noir to Asia Extreme: Questioning Genre in World Cinemas 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Communication Dissertation 40 credits

Optional modules

  • Film Theory and Aesthetics 20 credits
  • The Documentary and Reality 20 credits
  • International Communication 20 credits
  • Placement 20 credits
  • Feminism, Identity and Media 20 credits
  • The Reporting of Politics 20 credits
  • TV Documentary Journalism 20 credits
  • The Ethnography of Speaking 20 credits
  • Internet Policy 20 credits
  • Mobile Media 20 credits
  • Citizen Media 20 credits
  • War and Media 20 credits
  • Media Philosophy: Technological Dasein 20 credits
  • Promotional Culture 20 credits
  • Creative Work in the Cultural Industries 20 credits
  • Radio Technologies, Industries and Cultures 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Communication and Media BA in programme catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll study among leading academics, using a wide range of teaching and learning methods to give you the knowledge and skills that you need for a career in this challenging industry. These will include practical classes as well as lectures, seminars and tutorials.

In addition, you’ll have a reading list for each module and independent study is a crucial part of the degree, allowing you to develop your own ideas and understanding. Your tutors are available during their office hours to discuss any issues or questions that arise.

Assessment

We use a variety of assessment methods so you can demonstrate different skills. These will include practical exercises as well as group presentations, reports, case studies, essays and exams.


Entry requirements

A-level: AAB

If you’re taking the EPQ you may receive an alternative offer alongside a standard offer. In this case the typical offer would be ABB plus grade A in the EPQ.

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Offers are made on an individual basis- typically a Pass with 60 credits overall including 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 should be at Distinction and 15 at Merit level.

BTEC

DDD.

International Baccalaureate

35 overall (5 at higher level and 6 at standard level in English).

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAAABB.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

3 Advanced Highers or a combination of 2 Highers and 2 Advanced Highers at grades A or B.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Please note that we don’t currently accept the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Other Qualifications

Creative and Media Diploma: Pass with two A levels at grades AB. One of the A-levels should be taken as part of the Diploma, while the other should be independent from it.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Successful applicants who are eligible for the Access to Leeds scheme will receive our standard offer, plus an alternative offer which is two grades lower.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the School of Media and Communication.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Media and Communication Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £15,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in October. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. 

Read more about undergraduate fees and the impact of the EU referendum on fee status

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Career opportunities

This degree will give you broad and in-depth subject knowledge as well as key analytical and teamwork skills that are highly valuable in the media and creative industries. Our graduates work in a variety of media sectors including TV production, film, PR, events organisation, digital media, magazine publishing, media and cultural policy and research among others.

Because this degree maintains an academic grounding in social sciences and humanities approaches, it’s also a strong foundation for a range of different careers in the public, private and third sectors. In fact, the proportion of our students in full-time employment within six months of graduation is one of the highest in the university.

What Do Our Graduates Do?

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.


Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

If you don’t want to spend a full year on a placement, you can still choose to take the Placement optional module, which gives you the chance to spend around four weeks working at a company or organisation within the media or a related industry. We have excellent links with the local, regional and national creative industries, ensuring that you have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience that complements your learning.


 

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