BA (Hons) Media and Communication

Media and Communication at Winchester allows students to study the broad discipline of media and communication.

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BA (Hons) Media and Communication at University of Winchester

UCAS code: P302

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2016 Entry: 260-300 points

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in academic writing)

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary.  Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years)

International Students

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £11,300 p/a
Part-Time £1,410 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary.  Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year.
Total Cost £33,900

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Additional costs:

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA

Work placements/work experience:

Students have the opportunity to undertake work placements to gain work experience.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Fact:

Staff on the programme regularly publish books and articles on areas such as digital technologies and education, drugs education, journalism and the financial crash, gangster films, gothic horror and zombies in popular culture.

Student satisfaction:

96% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course (https://unistats.direct.gov.uk)

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible final year students must accept an offer of a place by the end of March and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions

 For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

The programme uses critical academic perspectives to study media and communication processes, to enable students to develop practical solutions for work-relevant projects. Students who choose Media and Communication (rather than one of the industry-related media and communication pathways) have the broadest possible choice of optional modules.

Year 1 is foundational and introduces the academic study of media, developing core skills and understanding in the use of media across a variety of contexts. There is a particular focus upon the impact of digital technologies as new and old media converge.

In Year 2, all students take core modules in media and communication theory and research methodologies, and can choose from a range of optional modules. The Work Placement module gives students the chance to think carefully about their graduate exit strategy and what they need to do to achieve the career they want.

In the final year, students undertake an Extended Independent Study which allows students to focus upon a topic of their choice. Students further tailor their learning by choosing from a variety of optional modules. Some are conventional academic modules, giving students the chance to study specialist areas in depth, and some modules offer further practical experience relating to various aspects of media, audio, journalism and social media.

Facilities
Open 24 hours a day, the Multimedia Centre offers outstanding industry-standard facilities including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, a computerised radio studio, and facilities for multitrack audio recording. A wide range of equipment is available and the Centre is an Apple Certified Training Centre.

Year 1

  • Key Concepts
  • Media in the Twenty-first Century
  • Manipulating Media

Optional modules:

  • Image 1 and 2
  • Media Skills 1 and 2
  • Reading Film
  • Film History

Year 2

  • Exploring Media Theory
  • Methodologies in Media Research
  • Work Placement

Optional modules:

  • Undertaking Media Research
  • Volunteering
  • Community Media
  • Advertising and Branding
  • Games Cultures
  • Media Campaign Management
  • Media and the Making of the Modern World
  • Social Media
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Copywriting
  • Analysing Journalism
  • Feature Writing
  • Graduate Careers and Journalism
  • Podcasting: Theory and Practice
  • Playtime: Gamification and Making Work Fun

Year 3

  • Extended Independent Study

Optional modules:

  • Television Drama in Context
  • Consuming and Regulating Media
  • Crime Media Culture
  • Culture Jamming
  • Drugs Media Culture
  • Fantasy, Desire and Sexuality
  • The Male Body
  • Media and Education
  • Media Solutions
  • Media Spectacles
  • News Media War and Conflict
  • Politics and the Media
  • Contemporary Culture: Cyberculture
  • Popular Music Culture and Politics
  • The Zombie Apocalypse
  • Audio Cultures
  • The Zombie Apocalypse
  • Contemporary Culture: Post-modern Culture
  • Working in Magazine Journalism
  • Documentary and Photojournalism
  • Radio and Development
  • Social Media Advertising and Branding

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.  Throughout the programme students are encouraged to work independently but with the knowledge that a framework of staff support is always available.

Student learning is based upon a mix of highly innovative teaching strategies which include working to real life project briefs in teams and traditional approaches based around lectures and seminars. There is a strong focus on the convergence of old and new media including social networking.

Programme Leader

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates may go on to work in the traditional industries within, or related to, the media such as journalism, media management, social media, public relations, fashion and advertising or in more innovative sectors of the cultural industries. The programme also fosters a key set of flexible skills that are relevant to a wide range of careers in communication work, HR business, education, management and public service.

For more information about graduate employment for the School of Media and Film department

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, the data need to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

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Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
UK and EU Students:Send us a message

International Student

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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Key Information Sets for this course:



These are the Single Honours Key Information Sets for the combination programmes. Please note combined honours programmes enable you to study two subjects jointly (50% / 50%). Explore the courses pages further for information on the other subject.









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