Media BA (Hons)

UCAS code: P300

Media is changing. Sharpen your technical skills and learn how to make your mark. Whether you end up in professional roles in marketing, radio, filmmaking, or journalism, our BA Media will get you ready for an exciting future.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Film, Media and Television
Department: Creative Arts
Five students study textbooks while working together in a room in Creative Edge overlooking the lake on the eastern side of campus.

What values drive media content today? Are you ready to grow your creative talents and skills? Our media degree will help you uncover what’s transforming the film, television, and cultural industries today.

Studying with us, you’ll harness your creativity and technical know-how to become a skilful producer of media content. From podcasting to vlogging to filmmaking, you’ll be at the cutting edge of contemporary practice.

Our team of dedicated teaching staff will help channel your knowledge of media. A mix of theory and the practical will immerse you in TV production, digital photography, scriptwriting, and writing for online media outlets.

You’ll also discover how traditional media continues to thrive alongside digital media communications such as social media, podcasting and vlogging, and influential streaming platforms like Spotify and Netflix.

Course features

  • Learn a Language

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Studying Abroad Option Available

What you'll study

Your first year of study will provide you with the solid foundation you need to get the most out of the course. Together we’ll explore the relationship between media, culture, and society. You’ll get a historical perspective, delving into the emergence and impact of new media forms. Practically, you’ll engage with single-camera filmmaking and digital photography. Throughout, you’ll receive a good grounding in both theory and practice.

Compulsory modules:

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Media and Society

Moving Image Production: Single Camera

Social Media

Working in Creative Industries

Writing for the Media

One of:

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Global Popular Culture

Photography

Language 1

You’ll explore media theory in the second year of BA Media, as well as continuing to develop your creativity and practical skills. You’ll do this through the study of cultural representation and storytelling across multiple platforms, and consider the social impact of digital technologies. We’ll give you the space to pursue modules that relate to contemporary media, encouraging you to create content such as podcasts and vlogs. Other optional modules include fan cultures and subcultures, pods and vlogs, and branded content.

Compulsory modules:

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Cultural Representations and the Media

Transmedia Storytelling

Four of:

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Branded Content

Fan Cultures and Subcultures

Media Content

Pods and Vlogs

Screen Criticism, Journalism and Social Media

Language 2

Your final year weaves together the various strands of your degree. You’ll have the option of working on client-led practical projects, while your dissertation will be an opportunity to showcase your learning. Additional optional modules include activist media, media policy and political communication, and politics and censorship in popular culture.

Compulsory modules:

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Dissertation/Research Project

Media Futures

Three of:

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Activist Media

Client-Led Content Production

Global Convergence: Film and Television Drama in the 21st Century

Media Policy and Political Communication

Migration, Mass Movement and Mobility on Screen

Politics and Censorship in Popular Culture

Sport and the Media

Language 3

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Teaching and learning is through workshops, lectures, seminars and screenings. You will also have opportunities to work with visiting professionals from the film and television industries.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is predominantly by coursework, either at the end of the module or distributed throughout the course. Coursework includes essays, case studies, individual and group presentations, practical projects and a dissertation.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this degree.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by an experienced team with a wide range of interests reflecting all aspects of media theory and practice.

The programme team are active in the research of contemporary developments in journalism, online media, and film and television, and have current or recent experience of working in those industries.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

If you apply to join this degree and do not meet the UCAS Tariff requirements, we may invite you to submit a portfolio of work as evidence of your suitability for the course.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Creative EdgeMedia students are based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for the Department of Creative Arts.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Media editing booths are also available, equipped with software such as Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere) and After Effects. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.

Where you'll study

Creative Edge

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

Our media degree prepares you for an exciting career in the creative industries. The skills you’ll develop on the course will equip you for roles in traditional media (television and newspapers), marketing, social media, journalism, broadcasting, and filmmaking. Popular job roles include:

  • social media manager
  • podcast producer
  • video producer
  • video editor
  • multimedia producer
  • digital marketer
  • photographer
  • TV producer and production manager
  • events manager

Students have also gone into teaching, or started their own businesses, while others have gone onto postgraduate study, for example our MA Film and Media.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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