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About Media and New Media

Want to work in the media? This competitive but growing sector currently accounts for 1.71m jobs in the UK. There has never been a more exciting time to be studying and practising media.

Taught by leading analysts and practitioners, we will prepare you for the opportunities within the media and creative industries, and beyond. With expertise in film and video, animation, radio, games, advertising, journalism, performance and creative writing, our lecturers will inspire, stimulate and nurture to help you reach your full potential.

Studying for an undergraduate degree in the School is a rich and stimulating activity. The emphasis here is on creative exploration and critical understanding.

If you choose practical modules, we have specialist resources to support media production work. If you choose critical modules, you will be guided by world-leading media, advertising, policy and technology analysts. You can of course choose both!

As well as our extensive loans service for equipment such as digital recorders, video cameras, stills cameras and more, we have a range of industry-standard facilities:

  • Professionally equipped Radio studio
  • Audio editing suites running Adobe Audition
  • Digital video edit suites running Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express on Apple Macs
  • Creative Writing, Journalism and New Media teaching spaces
  • Auditoriums
  • Cinema Space with Dolby Surround Sound
  • John Phillips Hall with a large performance space with professional theatre lighting facilities for rehearsal and performance work
  • Professional equipment and computing facilities
  • Video and Radio kits for use on location work in the field of radio and TV
  • Multi-media computer room

All these facilities are available to you in addition to the University resources which you have access to as one of our students.

Our new multi-million pound Pontio centre is a major social hub for students as well as an international centre for learning, innovation and the performing arts.

Media Careers

Studying media subjects at Bangor can be your launchpad to a great career. We have excellent links with the advertising industry, marketing agencies, technology companies, regulators, policy makers, theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry.
89% of our graduates go on to work and/or study within six months of finishing the course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education).
Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of roles, including: creative writing; professional writing and publishing; performance and the theatre (both on and behind the stage); print and/or broadcast journalism; as actors, presenters and in television programme production; advertising and marketing; radio (as presenters as well as in programme production); digital, web and new media production; multi-media industries; teaching; lecturing; and public relations.

Studying Media and New Media

Our modules will:

  • Equip you with a broad range of production skills within different areas of the media.
  • Provide you skills to analyse real-world business, policy and ethical problems and provide unique solutions.
  • Give you confidence, critical skills, strategic acumen, adaptability and potential to thrive in a range of media work environments.
  • Provide you with historical, political and conceptual understanding of why media, images and technologies are the way they are (and how they could be different).
  • Provide a theoretical grounding and historical understanding of how the media operate.
  • Give you an opportunity to perform a wide variety of creative tasks and build a broad production portfolio.
  • Allow you to analyse media texts, using the theoretical grounding, as well as the practical application of what you have learned, as part of this process.
  • Enable you to specialise in more specific areas of media theory and production as you progress.
  • Give you the confidence and self-reliance to succeed in a competitive field.
  • Give you the opportunity to study Media as part of a broader degree that will enable you to develop additional skills.

Media and New Media Staff

Professor Andrew McStay is a world-leading expert on the future of media, digital advertising, data privacy, ethics and artificial intelligence. He is author of books on media, advertising and technology that are studied in classrooms around the world.

With strong links to the technology industry and policy makers, he has advised the United Nations (on AI ethics), UK parliament (on fake news), the House of Lords (on AI), world technology standards bodies (IEEE), the UK’s data protection regulator, the UK’s advertising regulator, data protection NGOs, companies working in the field of AI (on ethics) and leading electronic artists on AI that interacts with human emotion.

He routinely speaks alongside stakeholders such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and IBM. His courses include Issues in Media and Journalism (Year 1), Privacy and the Media (Years 2 and 3) and Digital Advertising (Years 2 and 3).

Dr. Melissa Kagen work primarily on Walking Simulators, intersections between immersive performance and videogames, and creative mis-play.

She currently teaches game studies and game design at the school.