Media, Communications and Culture (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years/ 4 years with International year, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Media, Communications and Culture, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

This course explores the relationship between media and society both in relation to our social and cultural lives but also to business, politics and international affairs. Its distinct blend of theory and practice – and the possibility for you to choose your own ‘pathways’ through the degree, depending on your skills and preferences – makes the course unique in its breadth and focus. Media, Communications and Culture at Keele scored 94% for overall student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey compared to 80% sector average.

On Media, Communications and Culture we study both the communication and the cultural forms that are central to our lives in a modern globalised world. The course will provide you with the critical skills to analyse a variety of media texts such as films, photography, advertisements, magazines, news and digital media. You will explore the historical development of different media within particular social contexts, and the ways in which they intersect with political and economic processes. You will also have the opportunity to explore your own creativity in producing cultural artefacts, perhaps in the form of photography, news production, video production or magazines. We can also provide opportunities to enter work placements through our links to the creative and media industries.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Media, Communications and Culture.

First year

Core modules:

  • Mediated World
  • The Photographic Message
  • Digital Video
  • Understanding Culture

Elective modules:

  • Reading Film
  • Popular British Cinema from the 90s to the Present Day
  • Mass Media in America: If it Bleeds it Leads
  • DIY Broadcasting
  • Approaches to Film
  • Introduction to European Cinema
  • Modernity and its Dark Side
  • Popular Music

Second year

Core modules:

  • Creating Awareness Campaigns
  • Researching Media, Communications and Culture
  • Analysing Culture
  • Documentary: Theory and Practice

Elective modules:

  • Making the News
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Cultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Twentieth-Century Novels into Film
  • Seoul Summer School: South Korean Cinema (Year 2)
  • Unheard Melodies
  • Thinking Photography
  • Creative Newsmaking
  • French Cinema
  • Science Fiction Cinema
  • Film Genre, Narrative and the Star
  • Politics and Cinema

Third year

Optional core modules: 

  • Dissertation 
  • Sustained Media Practice 

Elective modules:

  • British Society through the Eyes of British Film, 1960s to the Present
  • Representing the Self, Family and Society on Contemporary British and American Television
  • Seoul Summer School: South Korean Cinema (Year 3)
  • Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society
  • Home, Belonging and Material Culture
  • Parody in British Film and Television
  • Streets, Skyscrapers, and Slums: The City in Social, Cultural, and Historical Context
  • Work Experience in MCC
  • Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory
  • British Women Directors
  • Visual Pleasures: From Carnival to Disney
  • Creative Magazine Production

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Media, Communications and Culture.

First year

Core modules:

  • Mediated World
  • Digital Video

Elective modules:

  • The Photographic Message
  • Reading Film
  • Popular British Cinema from the 90s to the Present Day
  • Mass Media in America
  • Understanding Culture
  • DIY Broadcasting: Digital Media and You
  • Approaches to Film
  • Introduction to European Cinema

Second year

Core modules:

  • Creating Awareness Campaigns
  • Analysing Culture

Elective modules:

  • Making the News
  • Research Media, Communication and Culture
  • Twentieth-Century Novels into Film
  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Cultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Seoul Summer School: South Korean Cinema (Year 2)
  • Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • Thinking Photography
  • DIY Broadcasting: Digital Media and You
  • Creative Newsmaking
  • Politics and Cinema
  • French Cinema
  • Film Genre, Narrative and the Star
  • Science Fiction Cinema

Third year

Optional core modules: 

  • Dissertation 
  • Sustained Media Practice 

Elective modules:

  • British Society through the Eyes of British Film, 1960s to the Present
  • Representing the Self, Family and Society on Contemporary British and American Television
  • Seoul Summer School: South Korean Cinema (Year 3)
  • Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society
  • Home, Belonging and Material Culture
  • Parody in British Film and Television
  • Streets, Skyscrapers, and Slums: The City in Social, Cultural, and Historical Context
  • Work Experience in MCC
  • Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory
  • British Women Directors
  • Visual Pleasures: From Carnival to Disney
  • Creative Magazine Production

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Media, Communications and Culture.

First year

Core modules:

  • Mediated World
  • Digital Video

Elective modules:

  • The Photographic Message
  • Reading Film
  • Popular British Cinema from the 90s to the Present Day
  • Mass Media in America
  • Understanding Culture
  • DIY Broadcasting: Digital Media and You
  • Approaches to Film
  • Introduction to European Cinema

Second year

Core modules:

  • Creating Awareness Campaigns
  • Analysing Culture

Elective modules:

  • Making the News
  • Research Media, Communication and Culture
  • Twentieth-Century Novels into Film
  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Cultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Seoul Summer School: South Korean Cinema (Year 2)
  • Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • Thinking Photography
  • DIY Broadcasting: Digital Media and You
  • Creative Newsmaking
  • Politics and Cinema
  • French Cinema
  • Film Genre, Narrative and the Star
  • Science Fiction Cinema

Third year

Optional core modules: 

  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Sustained Media Practice (30 credits)

Elective modules: 

  • British Society through the Eyes of British Film, 1960s to the Present
  • Representing the Self, Family and Society on Contemporary British and American Television
  • Seoul Summer School: South Korean Cinema (Year 3)
  • Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society
  • Home, Belonging and Material Culture
  • Parody in British Film and Television
  • Streets, Skyscrapers, and Slums: The City in Social, Cultural, and Historical Context
  • Work Experience in MCC
  • Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory
  • British Women Directors
  • Visual Pleasures: From Carnival to Disney
  • Creative Magazine Production

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 21%
  • Guided independent study – 79%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 21%
  • Guided independent study – 79% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 17%
  • Guided independent study – 77%
  • Placements - 6%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to take up a role in a wide range of media-rich careers. The distinct range of creative and academic opportunities offered in the degree will provide you with media-specific and key transferable skills, which are essential for a wide range of roles both within the creative industries, and more broadly. You might work in broadcasting, the movie industry, journalism, publishing or web design. You might become a public relations executive; a radio, TV or video producer; a presenter; or an actor. You could work as a programme researcher, exhibition designer or advertising executive.

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Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

Dual Honours Course can be combined with:

 

CoursesUCASCoursesUCAS
Applied Environmental Science: F7P3 Human Biology: CP19
Astrophysics: PF35 Human Resource Management: PN36
Biochemistry: PC37 International Business: NP13
Biology: PC31 Marketing: PN35
Business Management: PN31 Mathematics: PG31
Criminology: PM39 Music: PW33
English: PQ33 Music Technology: PJ39
Environmental Studies: LP83 Neuroscience: PB31
Film Studies: PP39 Philosophy: PV35
Finance: PN33 Physics: PF33
Forensic Science: FP43 Politics: PL32
Geology: PF36 Sociology: PL33
History: PV31    

 

For overseas students who do not meet direct entry requirements, we offer the opportunity to take an intensive International Year One in Media leading to second year degree entry

Single Honours and Foundation course available: 

CoursesUCAS
Single Honours Media, Communications and Culture: P300
Media, Communications and Culture with Humanities Foundation Year:

This four-year degree course is for students who wish to study
Media, Communications and 
Culture but lack the necessary background
qualifications.

P9V0

 

Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

For overseas students who do not meet direct entry requirements, we offer the opportunity to take an intensive International Year One in Media leading to second year degree entry

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Media, Communications and Culture with Foundation Year: P9V0 View KIS Stats

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

For those taking a dual honours course it may be possible to choose an International Year as part of your degree resulting in a 4 year course.

On the Media, Communications and Culture Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Mediated World
  • The Photographic Message
  • Digital Video
  • Understanding Culture

Second year

  • Creating Awareness Campaigns
  • Researching Media, Communications and Culture
  • Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • Making the News

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Sustained Media Practice
  • Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society
  • Creative Magazine Production
  • Work Experience Module
  • Visual Pleasures: From Carnival to Disney

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.

For Dual Honours courses, other combinations are available
Bwiza

Bwiza

"I love the media building as it is like one big maze with everyone's artwork presented as well as the screening room and studio."

Second year MCC student

Hannah

Hannah

"I really enjoy the theory side as well as the practical side as you can do cultural theory but also film making theory."

Vanessa

Vanessa

"Media, Communications and Culture has helped me grow as an individual and over the past three years I have been able to acquire more advanced creative skills."