UWE Bristol

BA Hons Media Communications with Foundation Year

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 communications?

Graduates with strong digital media production and research skills are highly sought after in the cultural and media communications sectors.

Gaining insight into the development of our contemporary, globally-connected media landscape, you'll learn to develop your own media content, and become highly adept at communicating to diverse audiences.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Media Communications is for students looking to build their creative media skills, by understanding and researching audiences, and communicating ideas effectively to them.

You'll 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 theory, 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 course is immersed in diverse industry collaborations that link 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.

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year degree show, and focus on one of four specialist pathways, to reflect your interests and career plans.

Where can it take me?

The pattern of work placements and graduate destinations our students pursue represent a wide range of careers 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.

Entry Requirements

  • 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.
  • English Language Requirement:

    International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

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.

Course Details

You will register onto BA(Hons) Media Communications. As you progress through the course you will have the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject. Depending on your module choices, you could graduate with one of the following awards:

  • BA(Hons) Media Communications
  • BA(Hons) Media Communications (Advertising)
  • BA(Hons) Media Communications (Campaigns)
  • BA(Hons) Media Communications (Public Relations).

    If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

    During this time students must complete the Professional Development on Placement module.

Year zero Foundation year

Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
Thought, Ideas and Myths: Past, Present and Future
Bristol, Arts and Culture
The Power of Words.

Year 1

Contemporary Digital Practice
Network Culture
Communication Contexts.

Year 2

Researching Media Cultures
Communication Practice.

Two modules
Strategy and Planning
Copywriting and Art Direction
Communicating for Change
Campaigning Contexts and Environments
Reputation Management
Social Media Management.

Two optional modules from
Engaging Audiences
Creative Cultural Research
Screen Media.

Placement year

Final Year

Work Experience or Communications Live Brief
Dissertation or Media Project.

Two modules
Consumer Behaviour
Social Media and Digital Tools
Creative Campaigns
Advocacy and Activism
PR Campaign Skills
Crisis Communications.

Two optional modules from
Automatic Society
Music Cultures
Image Cultures.

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