About This Course
These courses allow you to study media studies (two-thirds) with a modern language (one third), and are jointly run by the School of Creative Studies and Media and the School of Modern Languages. This course will equip you with a solid grounding in the principles of media theory and practice, as well as providing the technical and practical skills required to make you a sought-after media professional. In addition, the course will allow you to expand your knowledge of a modern language.
Media staff in the School have a range of research interests including comics, gaming and virtual worlds, visual culture, live television, hypertexts, the gaming industry, and media events, 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, computer games and documentary.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- 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.
- The School has a fully-equipped media centre with editing suites, production studios, media and digital media equipment available to students.
- 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.
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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 you study on this course?
The course is designed so that you study two-thirds Media Studies modules, and one third Spanish modules.
- Creative Practice
- Media Culture
- Creating Narratives
- Development of the Moving Image
- Digital Communication
- Introduction to Media Practice
- French Language Skills
- French Communication Skills
- French for Beginners
Years 2 and 3
- Cultural Economy of the Media
- Game Design
- Media Practice: Factual
- Writing for Film and Television
- Research and methods
- Final Year Group Project
- Japanese Cinema
- Transnational Cinema
- European Cinema
- Short film Pre-production
- Short film Production
You will also take modules from the BA Spanish degree.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Media Studies with Spanish Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Students are encouraged to purchase core texts for modules; the price for the core texts is typically between £20 and £50 per 20-credit module. All software is provided on University systems, but students may choose to purchase copies from software distributors for personal use.
Students on film production modules who choose to film away from Bangor will need to pay for travel to filming locations.
These can include School graduation events, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
- Textbook for beginners, A Spanish Learning Grammar (compulsory): £25
- Large bilingual dictionary (compulsory for all students): £21
- Spanish reference grammar (not compulsory): £25
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
A Year Abroad is not required for this combination, although may be taken. Please contact us with any questions.
Graduation reception (i.e. event after the official ceremony) is free to attend for each student and two guests. Additional guests have to pay approximately £10.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
The entry requirements below are the School of Creative Studies and Media requirements. Please also check with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures for any additional requirements.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 80 - 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g:
- A Levels (including C in Spanish. No language required for beginners' pathway)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma**
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma**: MMP - DDM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma**: considered on a case by case basis
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements), details here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
**Can be considered in conjunction with grade C in A level or IB Higher in Spanish. No language required for beginners' pathway
General University Requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants
E-mail for General Admissions: email@example.com or write to:
Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717
International students (non-UCAS applicants)
Email to International Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
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. Students graduating from the Media Studies with a Modern Language degree are particularly wellequipped to pursue a career internationally. Several graduates each year go on to develop their work further with us through a period of postgraduate study, where once again the School uniquely offers a combination of critical and creative approaches to the study of media and media practice.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you Study
The Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities