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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Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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2017 entry

Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
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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.

  • 85% of Teesside media students are satisfied with their course, and 85% of graduates move into work and/or full time further study (Key Information Set Data, 2014)
  • Almost a third of media studies graduates from Teesside in 2012-13 gained a first-class degree - that's higher than the regional and national average for similar courses across the country.

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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.

Modules

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 issues students have covered in the module in the past, 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

Drama From Page to Screen

Not everyone is a writer—but it pays to be able to think like one. On this foundational module, students develop three creative writing assessments across the year: one for the page, one for the ear, and one for the screen. Step by step, we move from writing fact to writing fiction, continually exploring how techniques merge and diverge across platform and genre. In a strategic supplement to this creative process, students formulate detailed plans as to how their projects might thrive as both art and commerce. The third and final assessment—a short documentary script or fiction screenplay—is integral to the project that Broadcast Media and Television and Film Production students complete for Making it in the Media 1.

Introduction to Media Studies

A grounding in the great media theories and theorists, allow you to understand and analyse a range of texts, using examples from film and television to prove (or disprove!) their points

 

Year 2 core modules

Campaign

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

This module focuses on film studies, where you learn about the great world film movements, the key genres (including horror & science fiction) and the way in which film is still the art-form of the 21st century. Includes weekly film screenings.

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

With recent shows like Lost, The Walking Dead and The Sopranos, American TV is creating a revolution in how we watch and understand television drama. Using examples of these shows (and others), you can explore the range of themes and ideas from across the Atlantic.

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

Advanced Audio

Interested in sound? Ever wanted to produce radio shows or podcasts? This module gives you the skills to create your own digital soundscape, and experiment with music and dialogue

Cultural Events Management

A chance to think creatively as you stage your own event for real (Battle of the Bands? Comedy Night? Cult film season?) & you will also need to create posters, a marketing strategy…and an audience.

Interactive Narratives for Journalists

In a 24/7 globalised world, news is available on mobile, on tablet and online. In groups, you produce an online digital campaign and examine how to drive audience and social media optimisation. Understanding user-generated content, video and sound images for the web and social media optimisation is core to the module.

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.

Scriptwriting

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 will 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. It will 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.

Broadcast Journalism

Would you like to make your own broadcast television or radio feature? Would you be interested in learning how to carry out interviews like a professional broadcaster, develop your ideas so they are suitable for broadcast and then turn them into TV or radio features? This hands on module teaches practical programme making skills. It aims to develop your ability in writing scripts and recording voice over commentary. You will use broadcast standard recording equipment to produce broadcast standard features. You will have the opportunity to film interviews and sequences and understand the nuts and bolts of programme making.

Celebrity

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.

Negotiated Practical Project

Putting into practice the skills you have learnt, you can create your own media production (a short film, a piece of radio, a script, a website/blog…).

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 & way of thinking? Do Hip-Hop, grunge & 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

September 2017 entry

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September 2016 entry

A typical offer is 280 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

More full-time details

2016 entry

2017 entry

Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

More part-time details

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

Contact details

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