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Fees and Funding

Here's the fees and funding information for each year of this course

Overview

From television and film to audio and mobile communication, modern life is being reshaped by the media and communication environment. It influences how we work, relax and relate to those around us. Our course takes you to the heart of this world.

The course looks at the media's increasing reach and influence, providing you with the knowledge and skills to make sense of this dramatically and swiftly changing sector. Thanks to our close industry links, you'll have the chance to undertake valuable work-based learning while on placement.

We're proud that, based on recent research carried out by The Times, we're in the top seven courses in the country for media and communication. We like to think we're getting even better.

As one of our students, Shaheen Abdouramane, says, "The course is extremely broad and is adaptable to suit the path you wish to take, whether it's media production, cultural studies, gender, race, journalism, advertising or a mixture of all of them.

"The great thing is that the lecturers are enthusiastic about what they teach and the support is there if you need it."

Foundation year

If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an extended, four-year programme. You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree. This means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.

What makes this course different

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Placement

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you'll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

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We were rated the best media studies course in London in the 2014 National Student Survey, and statistics show that in 2017 80% of our students went on to work or further study within six months of finishing their degree.

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Practical experience

You'll receive invaluable learning opportunities in the media industry. Our students have recently undertaken work placements at top media organisations such as Time Warner and the Financial Times.

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Career prospects

You'll have the chance to pursue the widest range of interests in the practice and study of media, including TV, radio, film, music, publishing, marketing communications and social and digital media.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

This is a course that's strong on both theory and practice. As you undertake a wide-ranging exploration of all areas of 21st century media and communication, you'll be encouraged both to think and to create.

You'll engage with media production work across all levels of the degree, producing content in various forms, from computer-based photography to music and sound.

Our modules also offer specialist areas of study in TV, radio, film, music, publishing, marketing communications and social and digital media.

In your second year, you'll have the chance to work in a group, studying London through a media lens and producing work such as our students' innovative online blog this year. Then, in your final year, you'll complete either a written dissertation or a production project.

Throughout the course, you'll have a chance to broaden your knowledge through a variety of talks by industry professionals and you'll have the chance to attend special events as well as visits to exhibitions and galleries.

There's no better place in the country to study media and communication than London and we make every effort to ensure you get the full benefit from studying in this dynamic city.

MODULES

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    Academic Development

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to embarking on their university degree and successfully completing it and progressing on to a range of potential future career areas.

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback.

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    Social Media Project

    The module will develop basic individual research and production skills for social media content. Students will also develop their reflection and evaluation skills. Throughout the module students will create new content for a social media account relating to their chosen subject pathway, or topic of interest. Students will also be encouraged to consider current issues and debates surrounding social media.

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    Ways of Looking

    This module will introduce students to how meaning is made and transmitted in visual texts. Students will be introduced to the various ‘ways of looking’ (frameworks) at media, and how this is applies to current media examples. Students will be expected to conduct their own research and encouraged to consider how the ‘ways of looking’ at media can be applied to their own subject specific pathway. Students will also learn how to apply key composition and aesthetic (typography, colour, and layout) skills to their own work in the form an academic poster using industry standard software.

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    Narrative and Creativity

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills and knowledge necessary to create oral, visual and written narratives for all kinds of media production. This module aims to give students the theoretical understanding of narrative and creativity. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to consider how these theories shape their chosen subject. Students will be assessed on their ability to present their understanding of narrative theories and give supporting examples of how these apply to various forms of media.

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    Group Film Project

    Students will develop fundamental digital media production skills required to make a film. Over this course of this module, students will work in groups to research and produce a short fiction or non-fiction film for online distribution. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect (critically evaluate) on their own practice in relation to the main topics covered during the module; including professional practice.

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    Professional Development: Mental Wealth

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for employment and employability and how employability and industry connections are implemented in the curriculum.

    You will begin to recognise the areas for your own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate their reflective skills through collaboration with other undergraduate students and analysing effective approaches to industry briefs and creative problem solving.

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    Documentary 1: Documentary and Representation (Creative Writing)

    The module equips students with an understanding of how to engage with a wide range of themes through documentary forms. The module provides a context for documentary practice and problematises categories of representation, notions of 'truth' and 'realism' and facilitates civic engagement and involvement with the East London community.

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    Aesthetics and Technologies 1: Practice as research

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to experiment with and explore a range of techniques and crafts in collaborative and multi-platform projects. They will be introduced to aesthetic practices, concepts and technologies used in the external world with a view to informing this experimentation. Industry professionals will be invited to collaborate in this process via a 'Masterclass' series of interactive workshops. Students will demonstrate their knowledge through an ability to critically reflect upon the results.

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    Media Cultures

    This keystone module provides students with the contextual knowledge essential to their subject area. The module will introduce a range of perspectives on contemporary media cultures and landscapes to develop competencies appropriate to their field of study and to the world of work. The module will introduce students to core study skills and practices including how to identify, access, collate and evaluate evidence, understanding academic writing conventions and how to express a range of ideas through appropriate means of communication.

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    Professional life: Mental Wealth - Agency 1

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance is increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students hoping to work in the creative industries with the opportunity to learn and apply the full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful progression into in a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will learn about conventions and expectations in the creative industries, focussing on areas specific to their programme of study. They will also advance their own personal professional development through taught and workshop activities, and explore possible strategies to further develop their reflective skills and self-awareness.

    Students will have opportunity to select an in-house microbusiness to join in the role of 'Apprentice'. In this position they will focus on the importance of research in the creative industries. Students will practice key methods including digital and other research and qualitative methods used in industry today, including trends, news coverage and customer reviews. Students will also learn the conventions of research and analysis in order to develop a pitch or proposal in response to a client brief.

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    Narrative 1: Narrative fiction

    This module examines forms of narrative and storytelling in the context of traditional and interactive media.

    Case studies from various media such as television, cinema, gaming and social media are presented.

    Narrative theory, such as the conventions of plot and character development, the representation of narrative action and the use of digital media are taught, culminating in a media production piece that embodies the theories and concepts students have learned.

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    Convergent Media Industries

    This module provides students with a broad understanding of the ways in which different media industries have developed, the way they have been structured, organised and controlled, and the ways they have developed relationships with audiences, users and co-creators. The module introduces students to the field of media, marketing and communication studies through an analysis of the development and transformation of communication industries, practices and forms. The module addresses themes of digitalisation, convergence and globalization. Methods of theorising the relationship between technology, the media, culture and society are also explored by examining innovation and change in the production, distribution and consumption of news and entertainment media including publishing, radio and television, film and recorded music. This module provides students with ways of thinking about the transformation of the media industries and is designed to contextualise contemporary debates about the organisation and performance of digital, mobile and social media. This module also complements students’ skills modules by developing their critical reading, essay writing and independent research skills.

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    Documentary 2; Experimental Documentary

    This module aims to encourage you to experiment and develop a creative and critical approach to a range of media technologies. You will build on the practical and conceptual skills relevant to media production gained in previous modules and consider your own production work in relation to both historical and contemporary media practice. You will work to produce an experimental piece that incorporates exploration of different and imaginative ways to play with documentary form and content.

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    Employment and Enterprise

    This module prepares students for employment in the creative industries and enables self-reflection on career progression.

    Students will develop and enhance their employability and enterprise skillset in preparation for graduate employment opportunities.

    Students will complete a Career Development Project which includes a work placement.

    This will be a self-directed project which they will research and undertake individually, in discussion with the tutors.

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    Narrative 2: Advanced narrative

    This module provides the opportunity for students to develop their media narrative skills in a more advanced and professional context. Students will develop a project voicing themes of identity within contemporary culture. They will then be supported in key areas of project development and selection. Finally they will progress through all relevant stages of production. Narrative and conceptual structures will be delivered at a higher level than in Level 4 and technical support will be provided to enhance the students' craft skills relating to professional practice. The module will structure the development of key media skills as well as a deeper understanding of the creative process relating to the students' chosen narrative genre. The course will end with a peer group evaluation, enabling the students to critically reflect on their achievements a means of progression into Level 6.

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    Professional life: Mental Wealth - Agency 2

    Best learning experiences follow a 'learning by doing' approach followed by reflection and assimilation. Building upon the competencies and skills identified at level 4, this module supports effective professional development through practical experience.

    You will work on live project briefs to produce media content which is informed by appropriate research in the field of study.

    Professional understandings and skills sets will be furthered through practical work enabling you to strengthen key graduate skills such as teamwork, organisation skills, digital skills, effective communication, and professionalism.

    Through reflective practice, you will evaluate your ongoing progress as a learner and as a practising professional.

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    Digital Research Methods

    This project-based module introduces a range of social and media research approaches and methods appropriate to the study of media and its audiences. Students will develop skills in the traditions of qualitative and quantitative research practices, including survey, content analysis and ethnography. The emphasis will be on emerging methodologies designed to research the digital world and social media platforms. Preparing students for independent research at level 6, the module will examine contemporary research approaches addressing media practice, digitalisation and participation to assess the complexities, usefulness and limitations of the practice of research, and its uses and applications within academic scholarship, industry and society.

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    Photographing the city

    The module introduces approaches to contemporary photography to use as a method of practice-research in exploring one’s own practice. Students will learn psychogeographical approaches to understanding the city to apply to a photographic collection of work, informed by the principles of street photography. Students will create and pitch a spreadable campaign promoting ‘My London’ drawing on personal experience of the city.

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    European and World Cinemas

    This module offers the opportunity to engage with the historicity of a cinema’s aesthetics by exploring a range of national cinemas. Students will be encouraged to familiarise themselves with aspects of different national film industries, and to relate their historically specific modes of operation to the generic categories and stylistic features of the films these industries produced at different times in their history. Above all, students will be expected to engage with the history of diverse geographical areas and to consider how the films examined relate to those broader socio-cultural contexts.

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    Optional placement

    This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

    The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

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    Aesthetics and Technologies 2: professional practices

    The module provides an in-depth understanding of creative work cultures, and self-promotional strategies to help you establish personal branding for your own set of skills, experiences and practices. This module examines the Creative Industries and explores their organisation and institutional arrangements, their media forms, products and services, work practices and cultures. Here you will extend your skills, experience and self-awareness to prepare for a career in the Creative Industries through the application of learned skills to your career promotion and progression.

    You will enhance your professional practice and self-branding skills set though a career development project which includes critical reflection and self-promotional strategies. The module provides an in- depth understanding of creative work cultures, and self-promotional techniques to help you establish personal branding for your own set of skills, experiences and practices.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Agency 3 - Freelancing at UEL Creatives

    This module is delivered as part of UEL’s creative agency, UEL Creatives, where students will work on live projects that will develop their employability skills and give them experience of working with industry.

    Students can apply for a range of projects suitable to their skill-set and will be matched to at least one project as part of the unit. Working either individually or as part of a team to meet the brief set by a real client, students learn how to work as a freelancer and manage their own workload.

    This will include practical information such as how to manage intellectual property as well as best practice on communicating with clients, working as a team and planning for the future.

    In addition, students will be required to reflect on the experience, helping them to develop key enterprise skills including reliance and problem-solving.

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    Understanding Digital Cultures

    Students will learn the social, economic and technological developments that have combined to produce the modern ‘prosumer’ and critically assess the dynamics in play when people use social media, increasingly in immersive environments. This critical approach to examining user contexts allows us to identify a series of ethical questions and the potential of data harvesting in the pursuit of new consumers.

    Students with gain an understanding of social media’s commercial purposes, and an awareness of how the pervasive appeal of these platforms raise a broader set of questions regarding the deployment of technological innovation in a world transnational in character.

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    Transmedia and digital futures

    In this module, students will examine various theories both on transmedia storytelling as well as on complex narratives that underpin these types of intercompositional narratives, analysing the impact of convergence culture on the way in which we produce and consume media.

     

    The module encourages students to employ experimental and imaginative approaches to concept, process and final realisation of their projects – skills essential to the creation of digital artworks and to the creative industries in general. It also provides you with a greater awareness of the creative context in which to locate their work. Students will produce a transmedia narrative working across multiple platforms and formats, including but not limited to video, sound, music, animation, and photography.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

You'll be taught by a range of staff, many of whom are practitioners in the area they teach. Some of the assessments focus on practical skills and are presented as 'live or simulated briefs.' This ensures that the practice-led teaching is relevant to industry and the world of work. Our staff are well placed to take advantage of a range of professional networks and industry contacts. Each module is designed with practical components  and a reflective component, with the intention that students develop an ability to comment on and justify their creative process.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist facilities, such as edit suites, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

Academic support

Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas - including learning and disability support.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of the academic course team who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.

Workload

Each year you will spend around 280 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate workload hours for this course per year are:

  • Scheduled teaching - 284 hours
  • Guided independent study - 916 hours

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 25 new students per year. Lecture sizes are normally maximum 40 students.

In the classroom you will be taught in groups of 18-20 students. However, this can vary by academic year.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

Coursework will include practical outcomes, e.g. individual or group-based films, artefacts, presentations, written assignments, podcasts or research-based assignments.

The approximate percentages for this course are:

  • 100% coursework

Feedback summary, eg. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

You'll always receive written or audio feedback, outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Dr Valentina Signorelli

Dr Signorelli specialises in transmedia storytelling and production. She has contributed to films, TV, advertising and VR projects.

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Julia Dane

Julia Dane teaches in the field of advertising, media and cultural theory, with her research interests in gender and digital fandom.

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Dr Tony David Sampson

Tony is a Reader in Digital Cultures and Communications. He is research active and is programme leader for MA Media and Communications Industries.

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What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Our Media and Communication graduates are in high demand from employers. Why? Because this course equips you with an attractive combination of academic rigour, versatility and practical skills.

Added to this, you'll gain the specialist knowledge you need to work in a variety of media careers. Our students have gone on to jobs in television, film, journalism, publishing companies, advertising and public relations as well as careers in teaching and education.

Our course is also an excellent stepping stone to postgraduate study and research, including UEL's PhD and master's programmes, or to further training in other areas such as communications management, marketing, marketing communications, education and law.

As one of our graduates says, "My course at UEL gave me just the varied academic background I needed for my MA in Communications Management."

Official government statistics underline our success when it comes to preparing you for the world of work. According to Unistats, 85 per cent of our students are either in employment or undertaking further study within six months of competing their degree.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.