Investigate all aspects of media, from broadcast media to cyberspace, by studying our full-time Media Studies degree in Cambridge, ARU. Choose to study abroad for one semester, and get support to find work placements. Combine media practice with critical thinking to become an all-round professional, ready for a career in today’s fast-moving media industry.
Our BA (Hons) Media Studies degree combines creative practice and critical thinking. You will engage with a wide range of ideas central to understanding our 21st century media environment.
Central to your studies will be critical approaches to media, technology, culture, and identity. You’ll explore current issues around our data driven society through modules in digital media theory and law, culture and technology.
Television studies will also feature prominently, as well as modules that theorise popular culture and examine music, society and culture. You’ll learn to analyse and debate the latest theories and discover the impact of media on all our lives. In particular, our Online Journalism module will allow you to combine both the practical and theoretical frameworks to understand the ethical responsibility of journalism in a 'post-truth' age.
On our optional modules you can explore your interests or specialise your knowledge for a particular career, with topics including digital publishing (building apps), documentary filmmaking, radio production, animation, and computer coding. You’ll also have the opportunity to carry out a work placement, or produce a commissioned product, in the area of your choice.
On all of our modules, you will work with industry-standard equipment and software, including both PC and Macintosh computers with the full range of Adobe software including Premiere, Photoshop and After Effects.
The media is central to today's global and interconnected society. We’ll help you make connections in an industry that influences politics, economics and the rest of our culture. We also have a Facebook Group dedicated to helping you find work experience on film and video projects - ask your Course Leader for more details.
Course Leader: Neil Henderson
Our BA (Hons) Media Studies will help you prepare for many media-related roles, including broadcasting, film, video or television production, media consultancy, journalism, public relations and advertising. You’ll also pick up skills for other professions that require an understanding of the media, including web design and publishing.
You might also decide to continue onto a Masters course, such as our MA Film and Television Production.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our links with local and national organisations will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies such as Cambridge Style Magazine, London Studios, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Sookio, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, C4B Media, Local Secrets, Anthill Networks, Cubiqdesign, the River Group, Zi-FM, CSV Media Clubhouse, Zing Corporate Events, and Cam FM.
These placements could form part of your assessed work and, for many previous students, have led directly to employment.
Modules are subject to change and availability.
You’ll show your progress through many different methods that reflect the range of skills required by employers. Your assignments might include case studies, critical essays, screenplays, journals, film reviews and analyses, presentations, and a portfolio of practical work, as well as ‘hands on’ assignments such as internet, print and video production / commissions.
Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.
You’ll have access to the kind of equipment you can expect to work with in the professional media industry, including film and television studios, HD cameras and 16mm film cameras, Final Cut Pro editing suites, Steenbecks for 16mm editing, animation rostrum cameras, multimedia studios, screening theatres and radio suites. You can also access any of our other industry-standard facilities, with full training from our dedicated team of technical officers.
We organise and attend many extra-curricular activities, including Film Festivals such as Cambridge and Watersprite, industry guest speakers and field trips. You’ll also be able to join student societies, such as the Film Viewing Society and Media: Next Move Arts, which organise their own events.
UK students (and EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021) can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021.
Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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