Media, Culture and Identity (extended degree)

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Our Media, Culture and Identity BA will give you the option of kick-starting your career in the creative industries by undertaking a work placement at a leading UK company or organisation. Recent students have worked at the BBC, MTV, Absolute Radio and Vogue.

On this programme you will explore current debates about culture and the ways in which the media brings about social, cultural and political change.

The extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Media, Culture and Identity at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

You will gain an understanding of notions of 'identity' within the context of cultural life and how people engage with media forms such as television, radio, print, digital communication, advertising and social media. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to engage critically and creatively with media and identity, both significant areas of contemporary culture.

During the programme you will consider the relationship between mass media and society and, drawing on other disciplines such as sociology, political science and cultural studies, will be introduced to some of the key approaches to analysing the media-society relationship. Plus, you'll study key developments in the media, how media texts are produced, distributed, regulated and consumed, and the ways in which the media can influence society.

You will also debate the ways the media functions as an important part of any modern democracy, as well as the current debates around freedom of the press and how media appointed critics play a role in helping to shape public opinion.

Being located in London means you can immerse yourself in the creative culture of the capital at festivals, studios, galleries and pop-up cinemas. The course offers work placement module opportunities which could see you work within many areas of the creative industries from TV, film, on-line and print media, arts and campaign organisations, museums, art galleries, theatres and community projects.

During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject, such as Communication and Representation Essentials. This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Media, Culture and Identity, which is essential for success in your degree.

In your first year, you will be introduced to key aspects of theory within the field of media and cultural studies, focusing on different concepts relating to the notion of identity. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of the development of mass media and the role it plays within culture and society, examining topics such as mass communications, sociology, political science, media and cultural studies.

In your second year, you'll explore the ways in which non-fiction media such as news, documentary, lifestyle journalism and popular factual television articulate and explore contemporary experiences of profound social change. You may also study global trends in television and the major themes and topics in the realms of popular culture. Other topics currently include Radio and Podcasting, Race, Class and Intersectional Identities and Politics and the Media.

In your third year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and a piece of research on a topic that is of interest to you for your dissertation. Other topics students are currently studying in their final year include major ‘media events’ such as 9/11, Cult Film and TV, and modules such as The Media, the Critic and the Public Sphere, and Mediating the Self.

Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Foundation Year

Communication for Academic Purposes 1
Communication for Academic Purposes 2
Operational Mathematics
Communication and Representation: Essentials
Communication and Representation: Advanced

Year 1

Core modules 
Students must take the following modules:
Media and Society 
From Mass Media to Multimedia
Formations of Identity
Media Moments 
Digital Methods 1 

Optional module
Online Video Production 

Year 2

Core modules (40 credits)
Race, Class and Intersectional Identities
The F Word: Feminism and the Media 

Optional subject-specific modules (40 credits)
Television Transformations 
Work on Screen 

Other optional modules (choose 40 credits)
Digital Cultures 
Digital Methods 2 
Approaches to Popular Film 
Politics and the Media
Radio and Podcasting 
Career Preparation 

Year 3

Core module (40 credits)
Media Project 

Optional subject-specific modules (40-60 credits)
Mediating the Self 
The Media, the Critic and the Public Sphere 
Media in the Mind 

Other optional modules (20-40 credits)
Madness and Metaphor: Culture on the Edge
The Politics of Screens: Women-Practice-Representation 
The Horror Genre and Society: Screening the Undead and Other Monsters 
East and West: Terror, Power and New Journalism 
Work Placement


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Graduates have gone on to have successful careers in media, research organisations, advertising and public relations, NGOs and charities, think tanks, government departments, and arts, culture or social change organisations.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement between years 2 & 3 of the course. A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience and skills within an industry or sector of choice.

In your first two years of study you will learn about industry needs and skills required to be successful in applying for a placement through a series of workshops and curriculum based sessions. You will be encouraged to develop your Personal Development Plan and CV and will be provided with access to the University's support services including Placements, Careers and Academic Guidance.

Please note, the Placements team will offer support and guidance in searching for and applying to placements, however a placement cannot be guaranteed.

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Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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