Undergraduate study
Media Studies

BA (Hons) Media Studies

UCAS code: P300 BA/MS

Are you interested in what’s going on in the world? Why some things make the news and others don’t? Who controls the media and who regulates it? If you are passionate about the media and creative industries, and want to research and explore a range of media texts and ideas from key theorists, this is the course for you. Media is a constant presence in our lives. If you want to understand it better, this course will give you the necessary practical and critical skills.

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  • Length: 3 years

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2017 entry

  • Typical offer: 112 tariff points


  • Up to 6 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
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88% of students would recommend Teesside University to others
(National Student Survey 2016)

Why choose Teesside

By building your media literacy, you gain a greater understanding of the world and develop important intellectual and transferable skills which employers really value. On this course, you gain experience of both theoretical reading and research, and practical skills in digital media production and journalism, and graduate confident, skilled and savvy, able to think clearly for yourself.

  • 92% of Teesside media students are satisfied with their course, and 75% of graduates move into work and/or full time further study (Unistats,2016).
  • 81% of media studies graduates from Teesside in 2016 gained a first-class or Higher 2nd class degree.

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Year 1 introduces you to key practices, theories, concepts and histories associated with producing and analysing media texts. Year 2 develops your production, analytical and conceptual skills within more specialised modules. Year 3 is about consolidating knowledge and skills, and working more independently.

Please note that option module titles may be subject to change.


Year 1 core modules

Audio Visual Narratives

Your chance to create your own piece of digital media…without using dialogue! Music, sound effects, still photography, video, digital visual affects; use them all to tell a story of your choice.

Contemporary Media Issues

Phone hacking and the tabloid press, celebrity culture dominating our media, the BBC. These are just some of the previous issues students have covered in this module as we explore the current topics that affect how our media industries operate, and the cultural and political contexts that create them.

You choose your own subjects to research and analyse, in an ever-changing media world, and there will also be a series of guest lectures from industry professionals to open up a window into the real media world – previous speakers have included BBC4 Controller Richard Klein, Stunt Co-ordinator Jim Dowdall, and independent producer Judith Holder.

Curating your Digital Self

You’ll create your own web identity and explore the role of social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter & My Space in today’s world

Media Audiences: Fans, Users and Creators

This module builds on knowledge gained in the Media Studies module. It introduces you to more recent academic study areas around media, namely audiences, fandom and transmedia, where media viewers and consumers can also have an input into creating and producing media in the 21st century.

Media Studies: Theories and Thinkers

This module introduces you to studying the media based around three key concepts – media texts, media audiences and media institutions. You study key writings and media texts within a cultural, economic, political and social context. In addition, you work with examples from a range of media including television, cinema, the press, popular music, advertising, radio and social media. This serves as a preparatory module for Introduction to Media Studies 2 which focuses on more recent areas of media studies such as audience, fandom and transmedia.

Storytelling: Creating Narratives for the Media

This module provides you with a solid factual storytelling foundation as you hone your written English, test your resourcefulness and soft skills, and learn to consistently and incrementally develop larger projects. You work across written journalism and scriptwriting. The first half of the module is dedicated to creating an assessed factual storytelling project, whilst the second half focuses on developing a fiction script or screenplay.


Year 2 core modules


A chance to put your creative ideas into practice as you produce a media awareness campaign around a topic of your choice, creating advertising/marketing material, as well as a video/audio product

Lights, Camera, Action: The Language of Film

Examine the way that films tell stories, transfix audiences and draw an emotional response. You focus primarily on the craft of the film maker, but you also explore the broader context of film criticism and film theory.

You examine and enjoy films drawn from a range of periods, countries and traditions, considering film form and the powerful influence of films on audiences and their wider cultures. You are encouraged to expand your cultural horizons and develop independent, critical skills.

Mad Men, Wise Guys and Dodgy Knitwear: Transatlantic TV in the 21st Century

Explore the developments of transatlantic television since it first emerged in the 1970s. This module highlights how the changes in the television industry’s financial structures and the instability of the film industry has created the idea of quality popular television – narrative, character-driven programming with high production values.

Throughout the module you draw on examples of quality popular television including The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Sex and the City, Nip/Tuck, Sherlock, Life on Mars, and foreign language drama such as The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen, and Spiral.

The module incorporates theoretical elements of audience interactivity, transmedia, new models of fandom, and television viewership in the digital age. You are encouraged to challenge orthodoxies and critically review theoretical perspectives, applying them to a range of televisual texts. You present your work to fellow students through a summative assessed group presentation. Following feedback you submit a critical evaluation of your work. You also prepare an initial proposal for your dissertation or extended essay (this is not summatively assessed).

Media Texts in Context

How did The Blair Witch Project use the web to sell itself? Was the 1938 radio broadcast of The War of The Worlds the first example of `reality radio’? Did Psycho really terrify audiences out of their wits? You’ll find out by placing media texts in their cultural, social & political contexts.


and two optional modules

Audio 2.0

Interactive Narratives for Journalists

This module develops interactive content for online journalism. You engage in producing content, driving and interacting with audiences, and using user-generated content. This includes acquiring and processing video and sound images, specifically for websites and their application on the web. You explore these in an interconnected way to critically examine the developing field of interactive narrative in the field of journalism.

Journalism Issues and Debates

This module examines the big debates taking place in the world today. Do news organisations control how people think? Why is celebrity so popular? What is the impact of citizen journalism? How are terrorist groups using social media? This module explores a range of theoretical perspectives on the world of news and journalism.

Practical Journalism

If you want to develop your journalism skills, then try this option, where you create a blog, and go out and find stories for yourself, & create a portfolio of journalistic writing.


Building upon the distinctive voice and flexible narrative intelligence that students hone in their first year, Scriptwriting is a creative hothouse designed to push our most talented and dedicated storytellers to the next level. Students develop a script, screenplay, or transmedia written product through an intensive combination of lectures, small workshops, individual tutorials, and regular peer feedback. This project can then complete the journey from page to screen in the Group Production, Interactive Narratives, or Individual Major Production Project modules. In addition, the strongest Scriptwriting projects form the core of the Orange List, the university’s annual anthology of the best production-ready student work written for the screen.

Volunteer Placement

Students get a chance to work with an outside agency, creating a project or campaign, and also gaining essential life and professional skills for the real world


Final-year core modules

Media Futures

What will our media look like in five years’ time? Or even 5 months’ time? Mobile digital technology is revolutionising cinema, TV, radio & advertising, not to mention the creation of a new animal...social media. This modules dares to look forward and guess what the future may be like, with students taking part in a debate over a media development of their choice.

Media Studies Dissertation

Your final, great personal statement at University; an 8 - 10,000 word research-based essay on a media topic of your choice, where you get the chance to explore and analyse key media issue using the ideas & skills gained over your course. Past topics have included Killer Women in the Cinema; The Influence and Legacy of the Brit Pop Movement; Issues of Representation in Women’s Magazines; Social Meaning in Japanese Animation and Media Representations of Sherlock Holmes…the choice is yours!

Professional Development and Careers

Get ready for the real world! Visiting speakers from the Media, Entrepreneurs and Careers experts will help you understand both your potential and the opportunities out there. With support from them and the staff, you will find and apply for a real job, and undertake a mock interview which will be videoed so you can deconstruct your own performance. You also undertake a real-world campaign project, developing your own live brief, with a client, for an event or artefact that will form part of your CV showreel.


and two optional modules

Authorship and the Media

The figure of the author has been central to the academic study of film. Notions of authorship play a key role in the way audiences engage with cinematic and televisual forms from the question of 'who made that film?' to the construction of fan communities around certain directors. This module addresses the question of authorship as it is inscribed in debates around the mass media. You examine the major historical and theoretical stages in the debate around auteurism and consider why the figure of the author continues to carry such cultural currency in an intellectual climate that appears to have lost interest in them.


This module examines why celebrity has such a significant impact on the media industry. It encourages you to critically explore celebrity and its place in popular culture.

Journalism for Broadcast Media

This module provides you with skills in broadcast journalism in a digital landscape and explores the specific application of this to the field of broadcasting audio and video. You undertake independent research to produce a feature insert for a radio or television news magazine programme, with an emphasis on optimising audio and video for the web. This includes visualising audio, following the latest industry practice in the digital media industry.

Negotiated Media Project

In this practical module, you work individually on an agreed project to produce a media artefact such as a script, video or sound production, or online campaign. You work individually to plan, research, manage, complete and evaluate your project with the guidance of an assigned supervisor. Your project enables you to demonstrate the extent to which you have progressed as an autonomous learner and producer of media texts, whilst also encouraging metacognitive development.

Public Relations

In this module you learn how to put together your own multimedia PR campaign working with a partner from industry.

'Put Another Dime in the Juke Box Baby': Popular Music and Society

How did such phenomena as rock and roll and the revolution that was punk help to shape our society and way of thinking? Do Hip-Hop, grunge and grime have shared musical roots? Find out in this musical journey through pop culture of the last 60 years.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

A wide range of learning experiences blends practice with in-depth subject knowledge. Theory modules are usually delivered by a combination of lectures, seminars and independent study. Practical modules are delivered through extended workshop sessions, and could include video and audio production, web design, scriptwriting and creating blogs.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on a wide range of assignments including written submissions and portfolios, presentations and production work. There are no formal examinations on the course.

Professional placement

You are encouraged to undertake a range of work experience. Our close relationship with local and national media companies provides a variety of opportunities for you to pursue. In the third year you undertake a 'live' communication or media brief for a client organisation.

Career opportunities

Media graduates are sought after by employers across a range of industries owing to their highly developed skills in the areas of communication, team working and problem solving. This course prepares you for careers in research, TV and radio production, publishing, public relations and marketing. It is also an ideal grounding for those considering a career in teaching as previous graduates have found full-time posts in primary, secondary and further education.

Further education at master’s or PhD level
A good media studies degree gives you access to a range of master’s courses in subjects such as film studies, cultural studies, politics, and international studies which can lead to research posts and careers in higher education as lecturers.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 112 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

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Course information


  • Length: 3 years

More full-time details

2017 entry

  • Typical offer: 112 tariff points


  • Up to 6 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

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