BA Media and Communication (3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    P300
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

From print and broadcast media to cinema and television, digital publishing, social networking, and public relations, the media increasingly defines the way we interact with our society. It shapes the way we see ourselves and others, and can be a powerful tool for social change, good and bad. Media and Communication at Swansea has a broad vocational, theoretical and international outlook that reflects the challenges and opportunities of our media-rich world.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year.
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • The BA Media and Communication incorporates distinct pathways in media, film, public relations, journalism and practical media. 
  • The programme combines the study of history, theory and practice that incorporates skills and techniques relevant to the modern digital media, digital journalism, creative digital practice; video production; radio production; film and public relations industries. 
  • The BA equips graduates with generic broad-based skills to specialise in further study or essential skills for the professional workplace.
  • Students have the option of taking Welsh-medium modules.
  • Students have the option of competitive work-based learning or work-placements.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • Media and Communication teaching staff are specialist International researchers and also ex-professionals lecturing on video production, web and creative design, PR and journaism.
  • The Media Student Society organises PR, social and cultural events. 
  • Media and Communication is ranked in the top 20 of the Guardian University League Tables 2016.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MS-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Media Communication
Optional Modules
AND
Elective Modules

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AHT100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cymdeithas Cymru Gyfoes
AM-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The American Experience 1492-2000
AM-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Contours of American Politics
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
CLC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovids Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
CLE112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Language 1
CLE113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Egyptian Language 2
CLE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to ancient Egyptian history and civilisation 1
CLE121Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 2
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language II
CLG105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IGCSE or equivalent required
CLG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IIMust be taken with CLG105
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)A-level or equivalent required
CLG126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 1)Must be taken with CLG125
CLH111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Classical Athens
CLH112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Augustan Rome
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language IIMust be taken with CLL101
CLL105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IGCSE or equivalent required
CLL106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) IIMust be taken with CLL105
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)A-level or equivalent required
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)Must be taken with CLE125
CY-108Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sgiliau Cyflwyno a Chyfathrebu
CY-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Golwg Ar Gymru
CY-116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Cyflwyno
CY-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Testun a Chyd-destun
CY-130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyflwyno'r Seiliau
CY-131Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cymraeg Ysgrifenedig
CY-132Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cadarnhau'r Seiliau
CY-135Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Llenyddiaeth Gyfoes
CY-136Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Beirniadol
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Approaches to Gender in English Literature
EN-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Literature and Society in Medieval Europe.
EN-114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Voices of Poetry
EN-117Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creative Writing: Fiction Genres
EN-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Writing: Styles of Fiction
EN-119Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Stage Play World
HUA101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theories of War
HUA102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Warfare in the Modern World
HUP100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Fundamental Questions of Philosophy
HUP101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ethics, Justice, and Society
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
ML-104WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrengig (B)
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 1 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 2 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (A)
MLI100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (B)
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (A)
MLS100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (A)
MLS100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (B)
MLS100BWStage 2 (Mar - Jun Professional Development)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (B)
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4
MS-106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Welsh Society
MS-120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Media History
MSP100RSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Public Relations: Strategic Communications
MSS106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hollywood: A History of American Film
MSW101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Datblygiad Ffilm a Sinema
MSW104Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfryngau Ddoe a Heddiw
MSW106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus: Cyfathrebu Strategol
MSW123Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sgiliau Cyfryngau Allweddol
PO-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
PO-119Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Politics and the People
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Media and Communication Dissertation

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MS-310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dissertation Preparation
MS-311Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation
AND
Media And Communication Optionals

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Dramatic Writing
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
MS-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Media in Context
MS-307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Practical Web TechnologiesTo select this module you must have taken MS-221.
MS-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Online Journalism
MS-323Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Video ProductionIf you select this module you cannot also choose MS-327.
MS-327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Radio ProductionIf you select this module you cannot also choose MS-323.
MS-332Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama and Documentary on Screen
MSP300RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Strategy, Marketing and Branding
MSS302Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Signing the Screen: Film and Television Authorship
MSW302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama a Dogfen ar y sgrîn
MSW303Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cyfryngau
MSW304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith a'r Cyfryngau
MSW305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cynhyrchu Digidol
MSW306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Strategaeth, Brandio a Marchnata
MSW307Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
MSW308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol
PO-3118Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Political and Cultural Studies Internship
OR
Media and Communication Modules

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Dramatic Writing
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
MS-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Media in Context
MS-307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Practical Web TechnologiesTo select this module you must have taken MS-221 - Creative Media Practice.
MS-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Online Journalism
MS-323Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Video ProductionIf you select this module you cannot also choose MS-327.
MS-327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Radio ProductionIf you select this module you cannot also choose MS-323.
MS-332Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama and Documentary on Screen
MSP300RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Strategy, Marketing and Branding
MSS302Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Signing the Screen: Film and Television Authorship
MSW302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama a Dogfen ar y sgrîn
MSW303Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cyfryngau
MSW304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith a'r Cyfryngau
MSW305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cynhyrchu Digidol
MSW306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Strategaeth, Brandio a Marchnata
MSW307Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
MSW308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol
PO-3118Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Political and Cultural Studies Internship

Description

The BA Media and Communication incorporates distinct pathways in digital media, film, public relations, journalism and practical media.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level. BTEC Creative Media Practice - DMM. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement. For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

 

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2015/16 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA Full-time £9,000 £12,500

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

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Student Quotes

 

Christina Deas had a short PR work placement, which opened the door to further opportunities:

I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at MGB. I felt that I was really involved with the work that the team were doing and that I helped out as much as I could. Everyone at MGB were so friendly and I felt totally welcomed and comfortable in the office. I have now been offered a years placement as an apprentice with MGB, working with them for one day a week. I am completely shocked by the offer and am over the moon to say the least! I will take up the offer, as the work is flexible and will not interfere with my study.


 

"The year spent studying Media and Communication in Swansea University is my best study experience ever in my life. It helped to lay the foundation of my career that I have now. I work for China Central Television 6 World Film Report programme as a reporter and international producer. I travel around the world to cover film festivals and interview film producers, directors, actors and actors from different countries. I’m always grateful to my teachers in Swansea who introduced me to the world of Journalism and Media studies. The knowledge and experience I gained in Swansea is crucial to my career now."

Dan Mu




 

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