Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

School of Media and Communication

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I am excited to graduate from this course knowing that I understand where the world is going and how to embrace that.

Sarah KeebleBA Hons Digital Media Graduate 2012

BA Hons Digital Media

Our excellent links with the digital media industries ensure great opportunities for students looking to design, build or manage the interactive products and services of the future. You will build a portfolio of practical projects as well as developing critical thinking and research abilities that will allow you to analyse the impact of digital media products on society. For admissions enquiries, contact the Admissions Tutor, Tom Jackson.

This course offers a unique blend of theory and practice, teaching you all you need for a future in digital and interactive media.

You’ll build a portfolio of practical projects and learn to analyse the impact of digital media products on society. You’ll have the opportunity to gain a wide range of technical skills from graphic design and animation to dynamic web programming and mobile app development, and to combine these with vital critical thinking, research and analytical skills.

You can shape your degree to suit your interests and career plans through your choice of optional modules, whether they relate to creative or technical practice or theoretical analysis of the digital media industries. You could even undertake a four-week work placement to gain experience of these fast-changing industries.

Our excellent links with the digital media industries ensure great opportunities for students looking to design, build or manage the interactive products and services of the future.

Specialist facilities

Our dedicated new media lab is equipped with the specialist software for web and graphic design, Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection. You’ll also benefit from access to our 40 editing suites equipped with the latest Avid video editing software and Photoshop, a Burli-equipped radio studio and a TV studio and gallery complete with large green screen area.

As well as our extensive loans service for equipment such as digital recorders, video cameras, stills cameras and more, our School is also home to the 58-seat Phil Taylor Cinema. It 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 develop key skills in digital media design and production from Year 1, as well as an understanding of different theories and approaches in communication and media. At the same time, you’ll examine the cultural, technological, political and economic contexts that have shaped the development of digital media and the research that will shape its future.

Year 2 will allow you to build on this foundation, as you develop advanced skills in web programming, study visual communication and work on real industry briefs. You’ll also develop your research skills and choose from a range of optional modules to tailor your studies according to your own interests and career plans. You could study media policy, PR, motion graphics, digital storytelling and colour science among many other topics.

By your final year you’ll have the skills and knowledge to produce a substantial piece of independent project work, either applying your research skills to complete a dissertation on a media-related topic of your choice, or developing your own digital media product, service or campaign, from initial pitch through to finished product.

At the same time you’ll gain a good grounding in legislation, policy and regulation surrounding digital media, and select more optional modules in areas ranging from documentary journalism to information design. You could also choose to complete a four-week work placement to gain practical experience in a related 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

  • Introduction to Media and Communication Research 20 credits
  • Understanding Digital Media 20 credits
  • Interface Design 20 credits
  • Design for Digital Media 20 credits
  • Introduction to Media and Communication Theory 20 credits

Optional modules

  • The History of Communication 20 credits
  • Camera and Editing 20 credits
  • Animation and Interactivity 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Visual Communication 20 credits
  • Working in Digital Media 20 credits
  • Dynamic Web Programming 20 credits
  • Communication Research Methods 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Technology in Communication and Media 20 credits
  • Music as Communication 20 credits
  • Communication Skills 20 credits
  • Digital Storytelling 20 credits
  • Digital Cultures 20 credits
  • Media Policy 20 credits
  • Motion Graphics 20 credits
  • Introduction to Public Relations 20 credits
  • Eco-Design: Understanding Design's Role in Global Ecology 10 credits
  • Colour: Art and Science 10 credits
  • Principles of Typography 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Internet Policy 20 credits
  • Communication Dissertation OR New Media Final Project 40 credits

Optional modules

  • The Documentary and Reality 20 credits
  • Politics, Performance and Rhetoric 20 credits
  • International Communication 20 credits
  • Placement 20 credits
  • Feminism, Identity and Media 20 credits
  • New Media Final Project 40 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
  • Environmental Communication 20 credits
  • Radio Technologies, Industries and Cultures 20 credits
  • Information Design 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Digital 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 learn under the guidance of experienced practitioners and leading researchers using a wide range of teaching and learning methods to give you the knowledge and skills that you need. These will include practical classes and workshops 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 skills 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 production coursework, essays and occasionally exams.


Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

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

DDM.

International Baccalaureate

34 overall (5 higher level and 6 standard level points in English).

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AABBBB.

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 late 2016. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. Although the basis of future fee increases is not guaranteed, we expect the government to allow fees to increase in line with inflation. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the governments forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

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.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

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

Digital media communications play a vital role for almost every organisation. This means career opportunities for graduates are rich and varied.

Our graduates pursue a wide range of careers in media including web design, social media analysis, content writing, online marketing, advertising, graphic design, project management and e-commerce. Many have built careers in well-known organisations like the BBC, The Guardian, ITV, MTV and M&C Saatchi.

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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