|Study location||United Kingdom, Clifton campus|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
At least 1 reference(s) should be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Why choose this course?
This popular degree combines theoretical approaches to media with opportunities to learn practical media skills. You will learn from industry professionals and explore all aspects of media cultures, from social networking sites and lifestyle magazines to anti-globalisation movements and computer gaming.
The course is designed to offer you maximum flexibility, allowing you to design your own degree according to your interests. You can choose either to take a broad-based course leading to the final award of BA (Hons) Media, or to specialise in a pathway. This involves taking pathway modules over the course and leads to the named degree award as below:
BA (Hons) Media with Media Communications
This specialist pathway equips you with a combination of theoretical insight and practical skills relating to the broad field of public and professional communications. Encompassing examinations of advertising, journalism, public relations and aspects of the creative industries, the modules on the pathway develop digital and media literacy, writing, business and performance skills.
BA (Hons) Media with Media Practices and Production
The Media Practices pathway aims to develop skills that are transferable to a diverse range of employment contexts. It includes practical project-work in video and DVD-ROM production, and website design. It also engages with new forms of digital media production and distribution such as podcasting, blogging and content for mobile phones.
BA (Hons) Media with Popular Culture
This pathway focuses on analysing the texts and forms of popular culture and the ways in which these are produced by the media and cultural industries and institutions. It examines the relationship between popular cultural forms and social transformation, and traces the different ways in which taste, consumption, and identity have been mediated, distributed and regulated.
BA (Hons) Media
Students may not wish to take a specialist pathway, instead choosing from a wider selection of modules. These students are awarded the BA (Hons) Media award.
Expert teaching staff
This course is taught by a team of eminent researchers. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014) 70% of NTU Communication, Culture and Media research was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent. For you this means that the course is informed by the latest thinking and you’ll learn from people with a real passion for their subject.
Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for students in the School of Arts and Humanities. Your second year of study is divided into two semesters that enable students to take part in optional:
How will I learn?
You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:
lectures and briefings
personal development planning
You will also be involved in self-directed project work where you will have the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
How will I be assessed?
This course uses a variety of assessment techniques to ensure that students can demonstrate their level achievement. Knowledge and understanding of the field are tested through:
portfolios (which might include reports, reviews, annotated bibliographies, brief reports or short critical analyses)
the production of electronic media
Assessments is also test skills and qualities such as confidence in the presentation of written and oral arguments.
In the Media Practices and Production and Media Communications pathways, other forms of assignment of a practical nature, such as filming, editing, working with music and sound and journalistic writing will be used.
Links with industry
This course continues to develop its strong links with industry through its alumni and the teaching staff’s own contacts. Industry live projects, competitions and professional bodies are a key feature of this course, giving you the opportunity to be exposed to current practices within industry.
You will be actively encouraged and supported to undertake work experience placements, which usually take place during holiday times, outside of term time.
Your career development
Equipped with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills offered by BA (Hons) Media, you may wish to apply for work in the media industries, as well as being able to deploy your skills in a wide range of other professional, commercial and community-based occupations.
Employability is a key focus of this course, with many initiatives to help enhance you future career.
Examples of these are:
Work placements within the media and creative industries.
Live media project work with industry clients.
Visiting alumni and guest speakers from industry.
Links to charity organisations needing media support.
Links to local festivals including GameCity and Southwell Folk Festival needing media and AV support to build student experience.
Technical support and advice for students entering local/national/international media awards and competitions.
What our students say
“I recently produced a short documentary on how school closures affect local communities. This was part of a project for the Media Trust and involved a workshop with experts from the BBC and ITV. I gained invaluable experience in how to become a producer, cinematographer and editor. I’m proud to say my documentary is being shown on the Sky Community Channel.”
BA (Hons) Media (Media Practices and Production)
This course also has established links with its former students, through which we receive employment opportunities for graduating students.
Examples of media-related areas in which recent NTU graduates have found work include:
media policy-making and administration in the public and private sectors
PR, marketing, promotions, and advertising
film production and distribution
newspaper and magazine journalism
research in the humanities or social sciences (including MA Media and Globalisation)
Recent Media graduates have gone on to work in graduate level positions with:
BBC – World News Team
British Sky Broadcasting (Sky) – Commercial Operations Assistant
Brit Asia TV – Music Show Production Staff
Pro Media – Events Organiser/Film Maker
Coca Cola – Customer Development Representative.
Other careers include:
Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.