BA Hons Communication and Media
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, Professor David Hesmondhalgh.
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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.
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.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- 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
- Camera and Editing 20 credits
- Animation and Interactivity 20 credits
- Introduction to Cinema 20 credits
- Visual Communication 20 credits
- Media Policy 20 credits
- Communication Research Methods 20 credits
- 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
- Communication Dissertation 40 credits
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.