If you have set your sights on a career in the dynamic world of media and communications, this exciting, stimulating and innovative degree is the ideal preparation for professional success.
- If you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme, you can choose to start at Foundation Year stage
- Develop a strong understanding of the media industries and trends in media culture and communication – exploring media texts and platforms, institutions and new emerging media
- Benefit from our strong links with employers, such as independent film producers, radio stations and newspapers which can help you gain vital work experience
- Enjoy real-world learning opportunities throughout the course with hands-on projects in publishing, journalism and writing for the web, print media or the screen
- Learn from a highly experienced team of subject experts and industry professionals who are keen to share their knowledge with you
- Challenge your thinking with new ideas and perspectives
- Choose to study part of your degree in the United States, where you can immerse yourself in American life, experience a different academic culture and acquire a new set of skills
- Build a combination of practical and transferable skills, creative thinking and academic knowledge so that you stand out from the crowd in a fiercely competitive job market.
Watch Dr Nathan Hunt, Programme Leader, talk about what the course is all about.
A broad scope for your studies
While exploring broad aspects of media, cultural and communication studies, you will focus on issues and challenges facing the media industries today - from media ethics and to audience research and digital production.
You will also consider the importance of media awareness, including how emerging forms of digital media are being harnessed in all aspects of economic, social and political life today and how these have impacted on the print and broadcast media industries and their products and uses.
Throughout the course, you will develop an understanding of the changing nature of the media industries and media communication - from the role of the print tradition, cinema and broadcasting, to new digital media products such as social networking and video games. You will look at how the film and television industries have developed in different national contexts as well the increasing globalisation of these media institutions and communications networks in terms of political and ideological communication, legislation, regulation and censorship.
There is also a fascinating focus on media audiences, usage and consumption. You will explore popular media culture, examining questions of identity and representation in contemporary media and considering the significance of media in contemporary life.
Hone your practical skills
The aim of this degree is to equip you to work in the media industries, whether within the creative media industries themselves or as a press, PR or communications professional helping organisations to get their messages across.
Studying Media and Communication with a Foundation Year is for you if you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme.
It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of media and communication, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.
The course features a strand of applied study focused on communication practice. Here you will explore different forms of content production, such as journalism, blog writing, public relations and promotional writing, script or treatment writing and the essentials of visual production and editing.
In years three and four you will have the opportunity to focus on an area of interest to you, working on projects to develop your skills.
Strong industry partnerships
The programme offers modules featuring work-based learning and projects in which you will be expected to work with external institutions, giving you the opportunity to receive academic credit for gaining real-world work experience.
We’ll help you to raise your profile, thanks to our excellent contacts with media and communications professionals across many sectors. Your studies will be enriched by our partnerships with a wide range of organisations such as newspapers, radio stations and independent film companies.
Case studies, guest lectures and work experience opportunities will give you vital insights into the media, creative and cultural communications industries.
Our guest speaker programme offers you invaluable insights into the industry. You will learn from creative directors for multimedia production agencies, fild and television directors and producers, bloggers, marketeers, photographers, branding and social medis experts and artists.
Pursue your own interests
There is the opportunity to tailor part of your degree to reflect your own career aspirations and personal interests. You will have the option to undertake in-depth research into a topic of your choice. In the past, our Media students have chosen to explore topics such as sport and the media, television and representation, and the significance of video games.
Study in America
You can choose to study abroad – for a single term or a full year – to enhance your study experience, boost your confidence and increase your global awareness. It will also improve your career prospects by showcasing your versatility, maturity and global outlook to a potential employer.
You will study at one of our partner universities in America:
- Eastern Michigan University
- Keene State College in New Hampshire
- Longwood University in Virginia
- Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
You will study modules such as:
- Study skills
- Political Studies
If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.
- From Pitch to Product
- Researching the Audience
- Entertainment and Identity
- Work Experience Project
- From Premise to Page
- Interfacing with the Truth
- Independent Study
- PR and Social Media
- Represent and Persuade
- The Working Creative
- Ready Player One: Digital Games, Narrative, Technology and Gamification
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.
For the rest of your degree assessment is 100% coursework based. This incorporates a range of different tasks and modes including essays, document analyses, writing and creative projects, dissertation work, individual and group oral presentations, work-based learning and seminar participation. Some modules will feature choices of assessment, enabling you to tailor your skills and learning to your career plans.
Who you will meet
You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts and industry professionals. They include:
Dr Nathan Hunt, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies.Nathan’s research interests span fandom and cult media, taste and popular culture, Hollywood cinema, science fiction and horror, consumer cultures, magazines and the cultural industries, audiences and reception, video games and game culture, masculinity in the media, and postmodernism in film and television. He has published on themes ranging from cult TV to film fan cultures, contributing most recently to a collection on The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture (Palgrave).
Teresa Forde, Teresa’s research interests include film, television, science fiction, soundtrack, memory, time travel and the posthuman. Teresa has written about television drama, science fiction and soundtrack, including chapters in Cultures of Addiction (Cambria), Science Fiction across the Media: Adaptation/Novelization (Gylphi) and a chapter in Doctor Who: Fan Phenomena (Intellect). She is currently working on a chapter for a collection on Doctor Who companions and an article on time travel. Teresa is also working on an augmented reality project for a University of Derby conference she is co-organising on Digital Humanities in June 2015.
Isabel Forrest, Isabel has a background in branding and promotions and was a creative director and producer for BBC TV. She has extensive experience in advertising, digital studio and location multi and single camera production, scriptwriting, audio production and marketing communications.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Rewarding career opportunities
Media graduates work in a wide range of professions including PR, communications, marketing and local government. Some of our former students have gone on to secure roles in TV research, film and TV production, film archiving, radio presenting, radio production and journalism. Others have used their degree for higher level entry into, for example, the Civil Service, charity management, customer services, postgraduate study and teaching.
There is notoriously strong competition for jobs in the world of media and communications. At Derby, we maximise your potential for success by offering regular careers talks and enabling you to network widely to build up your contacts within the industry.
Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’
Our Careers and Employment Service delivers support from day one of your course to ensure that you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you will also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and refine your career ambitions.
The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
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or 5 with placement year (optional).
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Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- All required software available on site with some available for download by students on University license
- Trips within modules - previously National Video Game Arcade, Nottingham, Mayhem Film Festival, Sheffield Documentary festival
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Printing and binding of one copy of dissertation - approx. £6
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Purchase of hard drive is recommended for certain modules £50 - £100
- Optional Placement modules - travel costs vary by placement. Previous examples BBC Radio Derby £0, placement in Dubai approx. £1000
- Optional trip to Harry Potter Experience £10 - £20 (subsidised by college)
- Travel costs for optional American exchange approx. £1000
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.