BA(Hons) Media Culture and Communication (with Foundation Year)
Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative course, please visit the BA (Hons) Media Communications (with Foundation Year) course page.
Page last updated 15 January 2020
This course equips you with a deep understanding of media culture so you can communicate effectively between media makers, organisations, their clients and end users.
Why study media culture and communication?
Graduates with strong digital media production and research skills are highly sought after in the cultural and media communications sectors.
Studying media culture and communication provides insight into the development of our contemporary, globally-connected media landscape. It teaches you how to develop media content and communicate effectively to diverse audiences.
You'll graduate skilled, confident and ready to take your place in the fast-paced, exciting cultural and media industries.
Why UWE Bristol?
BA(Hons) Media Culture and Communication is for students looking to develop their creative media skills and build a successful career in the media and cultural industries.
It's for those interested in understanding and researching audiences and communicating ideas to them.
Design your own projects and work with our external partners in Bristol's unique cultural and media industries to create a portfolio of work oriented to your chosen career.
Study a mix of production and research-based modules and carry out coursework, developing your confidence through writing, research, production, project design and coordination.
Develop enterprise skills and strong self-reliance, and gain the confidence and flexibility to adopt digital media innovations just over the horizon.
The Media Culture and Communication team is immersed in diverse industry collaborations that link our students to the city's key creative media makers and cultural organisations, including Watershed, the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol Festival of Ideas, the Arnolfini and M-Shed museums.
Where can it take me?
The pattern of work placements and graduate destinations our students pursue represent a wide range of career paths both within and outside the media sector.
Graduates go on to work as media campaign producers and coordinators for charities, or in social media marketing for enterprises. Others take up project management in areas such as broadcast and online media production, museums and education.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Foundation year (year zero)
You will study the following compulsory modules:
- Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
- Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
- Bristol, Arts and Culture
- The Power of Words.
You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Journalism courses.
The normal expectation is that you must pass all Foundation year modules before progressing to Year one.
You will study:
- Contemporary Digital Practice
- Mediated Lives
- Network Culture.
You will study:
- Media Culture 1: Researching Media Cultures
- Co-creativity: Audiences and Participation.
Plus, two optional modules from:
- Media Culture 2: Creative Cultural Research
- Online Media Production
- Screen Media.
You will study:
- Creative Campaigns.
Plus, three optional modules from:
- Media Production Project
- Video Games and Digital Culture
- Music Cultures
- Future Cities
- Photography and Visual Culture
- Automatic Society
- Work Placement and Experience.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
In the foundation year, the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also helps you understand the relevance the disciplines which span the arts, creative and cultural industries will have in your professional life.
The modules in the foundation year and year one focus on Bristol as a centre of arts and culture. You'll test concepts, theories and ideas using the city as a living brief.
In year two, you'll choose a specialism pathway and develop campaigning approaches and project management skills.
Communicating ideas tailored to your audience is a critical skill in the media and cultural sectors. You'll develop flexible writing and presenting skills in a variety of contexts, from project analysis and design treatments, to pitching and funding applications.
You'll produce social media campaign communications as well as reviews and formal academic essay writing.
In the final year, production modules introduce you to digital photo and video, sound design, interactive and online media production and software.
Learn through a mix of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, projects, placements, student-led research and live briefs. We teach theory and practice in combination, mixing classroom learning, communication and discussion with online resources, lectures, guest lectures and individual tutorials.
Craft your expertise as a researcher, working with academics and partners helping to shape new thinking in the field. You'll learn from experienced media practitioners, researchers and technical instructors, many of whom work closely with Bristol's media organisations, and are actively involved in research through UWE Bristol's Digital Cultures Research Centre.
The centre engages Bristol's vibrant community of media innovators through collaborations. You'll have opportunities to take part in research events and conferences and work on live briefs, drawing on the centre's latest research.
Student-led and public-facing projects at the heart of our curriculum provide you with an insight into this fast-paced sector and its needs. Learn to plan and pitch your ideas at a professional level, and develop enterprise skills to take your talents in interesting directions.
Produce a major practical project or a dissertation, or a combination of both, to showcase both your writing and making skills.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
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*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.
Look forward to plenty of opportunities to network, take part in projects, and collaborate in Bristol's creative community.
Students recently produced content for the Bristol Music Seven Decades of Sound exhibition at M-Shed.
Others have been working with the Domestic Violence Health Research Group to develop an online training resource for domestic violence counsellors.
There's also the chance to exhibit your work at the final year degree show.
On average, you'll attend class activities for 10-12 hours a week over 24 weeks, with additional time allocated for production workshops and working on group projects.
Outside of class time, we expect you to prepare course readings and complete writing and research exercises, essays, production exercises and projects.
You'll also complete a library workbook in the first semester of Year one.
There's a balanced mix of group and individual work. You'll be assessed through exams and a variety of assignments including written work, presentations, research essays, extended projects, and digital media projects and portfolios.
Projects might include photo books, interactive documentaries, film, video and digital design work.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
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*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
On completion of both the Media Culture 2: Creative Cultural Research and Contemporary Digital Practice modules, you'll be awarded the Institute of Leadership and Management(ILM) Level 3 Award in Management awarded by the City and Guilds of London Institute.
In the summer break of year two, you can take a work placement for up to 20 days or equivalent (this is a requirement for applying to study the Work Placement and Experience module in the final year).
If you choose the four-year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.Your placement will be at least 26 weeks long and relevant to your course.
Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.
Bristol's approach to media culture and production is unique. Discover a vibrant mix of media arts, innovation and activism and engage with the local creative and cultural industries throughout the course.
Get help to find placements and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.
You'll explore the region, conducting research that draws on Bristol's cultural and media scene, at no extra cost to you.
You can also attend optional research trips to cultural events, exhibitions or festivals to supplement your coursework-based field research.
Learn in excellent facilities with bespoke computing suites, creative media software, and areas for moving and still image production and editing.
Use our HD video cameras, digital SLRs and industry-standard software for photographic, video and web-based production on both Apple Mac and PC platforms.
Our experienced technical staff will provide you with support and instruction to build your technical production skills.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
Graduate with the skills, research and content development experience to work in a range of media-related organisations.
Your skills will be relevant across a broad variety of professional media production contexts, including marketing and promotions, community media, the small to medium enterprise sector, the heritage and museum sector and charity sector.
Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards your chosen career path.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Discover how studying media and culture kickstarted Cat's career in television.
Full Time (With Foundation Year)
Supplementary fee information
Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 64
- GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
- A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: No specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Media Culture and Communication.
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through ourInternational College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.
How to apply
For further information
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- Telephone: +44(0) 117 32 83333