School of Creative Studies and Media

Media Studies BA (Hons)

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Course facts

  • UCAS code: P306
  • Bangor code: BA/MS
  • Course length: 3 years

This course is also available through the medium of Welsh. Click here to find out more.

Related Welsh-medium courses are also offered by the School of Creative Studies and Media: BA (Anrhydedd) Diwydiannau Creadigol (Creative Industries) and the BA (Cyd-Anrhydedd) Astudiaethau'r Cyfryngau a Cherddoriaeth (Media Studies and Music).

This exciting degree is aimed at students who want to study Media Studies, including: television and radio; film and video; digital media and computer games; professional writing; journalism; public relations; media practice. Skills and techniques learnt during the study and production of audio-visual material lie at the core of many of the key areas in the creative industries. This course will equip you with a solid grounding in the technical and practical skills required to make you a sought-after professional in these fields.

Staff in the School have a range of research interests including comics, gaming and virtual worlds, visual culture, live television, hypertexts and have recently written on topics such as film and video, multimedia, global media systems, virtual landscapes, social networks, interactive television, media and representation, cult TV and computer games.

Entry requirements

  • 260-300 points
  • We consider mature students with non-standard qualifications 
  • If you do not have the qualifications above contact the School.

Career Prospects

The practice elements of this degree equip the students with a thorough understanding of the principles which underlie media production. A number of our graduates have gone on to work in the newspaper industry, and on television and radio, both in front of the camera and as part of the production team. Several graduates each year go on to develop their work further with us through a period of postgraduate study.

For more on studying Media Studies course degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

Media Studies at Bangor offers a balance of practical and analytical tasks. Media Practice modules concentrate on three key areas: studio production, single camera filming and editing, and radio production. Practical modules will be assessed both on practical output and on the individual's ability to reflect critically on their practice. Modules on the influence of the media, media and culture, drama and documentary and visual culture are assessed by exam and assignment. Much of your study will be done in small teaching groups.


What will I study?

Modules you might take include:

Year 1

  • Creative Practice
  • Media Culture
  • Visual Culture 1: Imaging the World
  • Digital Communication
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Introduction to Media Practice

Year 2

  • Cultural Economy of the Media
  • Media Practice: Factual
  • Writing for Film and Television
  • Games and Virtual Environments
  • VC2: Reading the Visual
  • Research and Practice/Methods
  • Developing Scripted Media

Year 3

  • Visual Culture 3: Race and Gender
  • Final Year Group Project
  • E-publishing
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Games
  • Short Film Pre-production
  • Short Film Production
  • Developing Scripted Media
  • British Cinema

Modules for the 2014–15 academic year:

Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1
Semester 2

Optional Modules

80 credits from:

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Programme Specification

  • The School of Creative Studies and Media is unique in its close integration of academic and theoretical approaches with hands-on creative practice. Students in the School have the opportunity at all levels to combine a study of their chosen field with practice-based outcomes such as writing, performance, and media/digital media production.
  • The School specialises in a number of key areas: Professional Writing and Journalism; Media and Digital Communication; Film Studies; Performance Studies; Creative and Media Practice. The School has research interests in all areas of Film Studies, with research programmes running in several key areas.
  • We have excellent links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry.
  • Many members of staff in the School are practising professionals and consultants.
  • The School has a fully-equipped media centre with editing suites, production studios, media and digital media equipment.
  • Bangor is the site for a range of Creative Industries conferences, video conferences and events.
  • Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.
  • Final-year projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company and could include working in a team with students from creative arts degree courses.

Contact us:

Please contact:

Dr Stephanie Marriott
School of Creative Studies and Media
Tel: 01248 388591 / 01248 383207

Other Courses related to Media Studies

You can study Media Studies as a Joint Honours Degree with one of the following subjects (see Single or Joint Honours for explanation): Creative Writing, English Literature, Journalism, Music, Sociology.

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