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Media and Communications (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Media and Communications (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree is the perfect route into higher education if you want to work in media but don't have the necessary qualifications for an undergraduate degree. This four-year degree will give you the skills and working practices needed to start your career in the exciting and ever-evolving world of media.

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During your foundation year you'll learn about digital media and journalism more broadly. By the end of this first year you’ll understand how to critically assess the media. The skills you gain in this preparatory year will prepare you for the subsequent three years of study.

The foundation year on this course is shared with a number of other media-related foundation courses, so you'll learn alongside students who are interested in different specialisms. 

Following your foundation year, you will study the same course content and get the same choice of modules as those who study our Media and Communications BSc (Hons) degree. Should you wish to change your subject specialism following Year 0, there will be flexibility to do so.

As you progress through the course you’ll learn about how media affects society from a cultural and political perspective. The forms of media you'll be focusing on include the press, television, film, the internet, popular music and social media.

You'll benefit from tutors who are experienced researchers as well as insights from industry experts. Learning from current media professionals will ensure that you graduate with the skills and techniques widely used in the industry. You’ll also have regular opportunities to visit educational places such as London Film Festival and British Board of Film Classification.

You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through reports, creative media work, essays, poster presentations, research projects (both individual and group) and a final year dissertation. You’ll also receive regular feedback throughout the course.

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Undergraduate
UCAS code PPH8
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 48 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2)

We encourage applications from International/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Suitable applicants living in the UK may be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK may be required to submit a small portfolio of work via email.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 0 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module will provide students with a number of introductory practical skills in relation to film and television production and a range of broadcast media. Through practice-based exercises aimed at introducing photographic, digital and filmmaking skills, students will begin to explore issues of, for example, editing and sound. They will also begin to reflect upon their learning, and thereby begin to develop and improve upon their future learning experience.

    This module aims to:

    • Introduce students to the practical study of film, television and broadcast media;

    • Provide students with basic skills in photography and digital filmmaking;

    • Develop students’ strategies for working in groups, collaboration and teamwork;

    • Provide students with the opportunity to reflect upon their learning and develop corresponding skills;

    • Prepare students for the practical study of film, television and broadcast media at Level 4.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    The module is an introduction to the field of digital media as an area of practice, as culture, and as a set of structures. It is a theory and practice based module providing students with foundation knowledge and skills to effectively analyze but also produce simple digital artifacts. It allows students to develop an understanding of the wider context of digital media production but also to apply key ideas in their own production.

    This module aims to:

    • Introduce students to digital media history and culture providing a foundation for further study

    • Encourage the development of critical and analytical skills through the exploration of digital practice

    • Aid the development of digital production skills through practical workshops and assessments

    • Prepare students for the practical study of digital media at Level 4.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module provides students with the basic skills required write clear, grammatically correct and concise journalistic copy across a range of media platforms.
    Practical skills will be taught by examining good journalistic practice across all platforms, including social media. Interview skills will be taught through reporting tasks.
    These will be set within the context of current affairs and ongoing media debates.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module will provide students with an introduction to the study of the mass media and facilitate development of key academic research and writing skills. The module is organised around five blocks each of which introduces debates and discussions about one aspect of the study of the mass media, leading to a short assessment exercise.
    The module is designed to facilitate the transition into undergraduate study by encouraging critical engagement and the development of basic academic skills and competencies.

    This module aims to:
    • Introduce students to key debates in the study of the mass media to provide a foundation for further study.
    • Encourage the development of critical and analytical skills through guided study and coursework preparation
    • Encourage the development of key academic writing, reading and research skills and competencies
    • Prepare students for the practical study of media and communications Level 4.

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Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    The module focuses on enabling students to explore career opportunities related to their chosen field of study and develop strategies to enhance career development.
    The module also examines professional communication skills development; the role of professional networking and work placements; tools for portfolio and professional social media development; career and employability-related services provided by the university.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    The module is an introduction to the field of digital media as an area of practice, as culture, and as a set of structures. It addresses a variety of issues ranging from digital politics to social networks, from memes and glitch to self-organization and free labour. The module provides a sound foundation to the history of new media technologies. It also introduces students to the current debates, including those of amateur vs. professional, grass-roots revolutions, and free and open source vs. proprietary software. It is a theory and practice based course, and along with engaging with abstract concepts we will explore software and network environments.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (January start) - Monday morning

    The module focuses on the role of genre in media production and consumption. Each delivery will explore three different genres, provide an introduction to the history of each, an overview of its conventions, a discussion of significant media texts within that genre, and opportunities for students to critically engage with genre texts. The module will address genre issues across a range of media forms, including film, television, radio, advertising, literature, mass publishing, and video games. The specific types of media genres addressed each year will change to reflect the changing media marketplace, and the changing critical tradition of media and cultural studies. Typical indicative genre forms covered by the module may include: science fiction, crime drama, heist movies, romantic comedies, situation comedies, soap operas, specific genres of documentary (such as biographical documentaries or science documentaries), the thriller, film noir and neo-noir, or martial arts movies.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    The module provides an introduction to media history and some of the key arguments and research areas in the field. Both history and theory are approached through contemporary issues and debates and the relationship of each to theoretical, social, cultural and economic contexts is emphasised. Discussion of theory addresses the problems posed by different intellectual traditions and places them in their appropriate critical contexts, while a historical perspective enables the technologies of the mass and new social media to be understood in relation to wider social developments.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module introduces students to the core concepts of filmmaking (image & sound) through lectures and practical workshops in digital photography, cinematography, sound recording and editing. Through lecture and practical engagement students will also reach a greater understanding of a number of theories and histories relating to the creative uses of image and sound.

    This module aims to:

    1) Introduce students to the fundamental technology of digital photography/video and sound production and to a range of basic practical skills necessary for each, and therefore provide students with a range of potentially employable skills and capabilities.

    2) Support some of the theoretical priorities of the School of Computing and Digital Media courses by exposing students to various aspects of digital image and sound production in relation to various media and cultural theories (including those they have encountered or are likely to encounter on other School modules) that assume or assert a relationship between image, sound and film style, and to analyze this practice/theory process through written reflection on their practical work.

    3) Provide students with the experience of collaborative working practices and to reflect on their benefits and difficulties, particularly in relation to individual/group co-ordination, all of which are important components for future employability.

    4) Prepare students for a ‘practical-theoretical’ strand of School of Computing and Digital Media modules at levels 5 and 6, including the level 6 Project.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module combines critical engagement with theories of community, citizenship and participatory culture; study of the ways media have been used to rebel and empower; and training in research and media practice.

    Students will study the theory and practice of community media, oral history, and documentary traditions. They will engage in interviewing, audio-visual recording and editing. They will use social media in researching, producing and disseminating their own audio-visual document.

    Students will also participate in fieldwork, visit community media and oral history projects. Additionally, several weeks are allocated to research within a chosen community-based organization.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module critically examines the history of media audience research focusing on theoretical, methodological and ethical questions. Students study different ways of conceptualising and researching the relationship between media and audiences. They learn to evaluate and apply key concepts, theories and methods in designing and conducting their own piece of audience research.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    This module provides a thorough grounding into the institutions, economics, technologies, texts, audiences and production practices, of television broadcasting. The module combines theoretical discussion of the television medium, with practice-based learning in television studio production.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module enables students to develop employability skills and competencies, understand the nature of work, and work toward developing a portfolio of skills and competencies to facilitate the transition into graduate level employment. The modules combines a series of taught classes combined with either project-work opportunities or career development opportunities to be provided in conjunction with external employers and organisations. Students can choose two pathways through the modules:

    1) Undertake group project organised by the University in collaboration with external agencies and employers, working on a defined work-based project with clear and define outcomes and expectations such as for example the production of marketing material, videos, photography, or other such project suitable to careers in the media or media-related industries. Projects will be advertised by week 5 and participation in projects will be based on competitive applications.

    2) Undertake an individual and tailored career development programme in collaboration with external agencies and employers involving participation in all stages of application and interview for one of a selection of simulated positions relevant to careers in media or media-related industries, including application, interview and feedback. The stages of this programme will be evaluated by people drawn from industry.

    A series of taught classes will support both pathways through the module, and will be timetabled for the first 8 weeks of the module; an additional session in week 12 will encourage reflection and engagement in assessment activities. The module aims to enable students to:

    1. Consider their employability in relation to graduate careers goals, through the development of professional competencies and knowledge through work experience.
    2. Increase / develop critical, self-reflective ability and self-efficacy.
    3. Demonstrate theoretical concepts / transferable competencies in a practical, problem solving context.
    4. Gain understanding of current issues, practices and relevant legislation within a particular organisational context.
    5. Build personal networks, explore employment options and consider future career plans.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module examines the relationship between the media, crime and criminal justice. It examines the way crime and the law – and our understandings of them – are produced, reproduced and challenged in and through the contemporary media. The module considers how crime and criminals have been portrayed by the media over time, and assesses the different theoretical perspectives applied to media representations of crime and criminality. It examines the various ways the media actively work to construct crime as a news story, analysing the way the media sift and select crime stories, prioritizing some and excluding others, editing words and pictures and selecting particular tones and styles in their reports to create particular interpretations and viewpoints. The module also considers media portrayals of crime, criminals, victims and criminal justice agencies in a range of fictional and factual representations across TV, film and popular fiction. The social and cultural impact of these media representations is also discussed, with attention is given to the ways they may contribute to escalating fears of crime and how far they may contribute, themselves, to violence and criminal behaviour. Focusing on cultural, critical, and qualitative understandings of the relationships between crime and the media, the module draws on ideas and theories developed not only in the field of Criminology, but also the disciplines of in Sociology, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies.

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  • From analysing cultural data sets to curating online collections this module introduces students to the intersection of computing and humanities. It will critically analyse and question existing data structures and categories and discuss the ethical dimensions in handling and creating data sets.
    Additionally it will explore tools and technologies to produce, curate and interact with knowledge from born-digital to digitised data and content – from single creator to participatory projects. Students will learn how to effectively evaluate, organise and visualise data in practical workshops and seminar discussions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module introduces students to the history, theory and practice of photojournalism and documentary photography. The module is slanted towards practice, and provides an opportunity for students to enhance their existing photographic skills as well as their understanding of journalistic and documentary photography. The module will provide practical tuition in the skills of street photography, portraiture, photographing objects in motion, and narrative photography, and will encourage and support students in the conception and development of their own documentary photographic projects. The module will also provide historical and theoretical contexts for students’ developing photographic practices, enabling them to critically reflect of their practice.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module explores the important relationships between the media and young people’s cultural experiences and expressions. The media are a ubiquitous presence in the lives of contemporary youth - the television shows they watch, the music they listen to, the video games they play, and the websites they visit all play a major part in young people’s lives, offering them a stream of different experiences, ideas and knowledge. This module considers the broad body of interdisciplinary scholarship that analyses youth’s relationship with media, and the nature of media texts aimed at young people. Attention is given to the way the media represent youth and target young people as a specific market for goods and entertainment, and also to the development of particular media forms aimed at young audiences – for example, specific kinds of advertising, distinctive film genres and TV formats,and particular kinds of social networking website. Consideration is also given to the possible influence of the media on youth’s behaviour, and to the ways young people actively engage with the media and make it meaningful in their lives. Here, particular attention is given to issues of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and social class, and the role they play in patterns of young people’s media usage and their practices of cultural expression.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module focuses on international communications and the debates around globalisation and cultural imperialism; development and modernisation; the role of transnational regulatory bodies such as the WTO; the structure of the global media industries and centres of power; the development of contra flow in media and culture; Media Systems models; and de-westernising of media studies. The module includes engagement with studies of media in various countries and regions and analyses developments in telecommunications and the cultural industries.
    The study draws on economics, politics, and sociology in considering the contemporary debates around shifts in power and the potential role of social and new media.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module is focused around the production of an engaged and lengthy piece of independent research. It provides students the opportunity to specialise in one area of the curriculum in their Honours year.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module addresses the role of mediated representation and communication in the development and reproduction of cultural and social identities. Drawing on a range of recent critical theories, it considers a broad spectrum of symbolic forms from the fields of film, TV, magazines, popular literature and advertising, and relates them to the social construction of social identities including ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality. The module has a particular emphasis on anti-essentialist notions of identity, and on the influence of post-structuralism on identity and subjectivity.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module examines key theoretical approaches in the analysis of the production, distribution, consumption and meaning of popular music. It locates popular music as both a cultural form and a commercial enterprise. Examining the history and contemporary organisation of the music industry, the module considers the social production of popular music, and the impact of technological change on its creation and circulation. The module also considers key critical analyses of the nature and development of popular music as a cultural form. It explores the key social and cultural factors that shape our experience of music and the way we give it meaning within our lives, giving particular attention to issues such as gender, ethnicity, sexuality and social class. Drawing on studies produced within a range of theoretical fields, the module includes discussion of the impact of digital technologies on the music industry, the relationship between popular music and processes of globalisation, the construction of star personas and celebrity culture, and the nature of audiences, fans and subcultures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module will examine and analyse traditional and modern visual special effects using examples from film, music video, television and games to illustrate the development of new techniques from old. Practical exercises, lectures, and demonstrations will aid students in developing a wide spectrum of technical and analytical skills in the field of digital post-production and visual special effects. Students will be expected to undertake all stages of the creative planning process to deliver an integrated digital video and audio project in order to complete the module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    Students will develop professional practices working in small groups to produce a short documentary. They will be required to research, pitch and develop a documentary proposal following industry guidelines and legal frameworks. The module will give an overview of the commissioning process and will include input from industry professionals. There will be an emphasis on how to film and work with documentary subjects (or characters) in an ethical way.

    Students will learn about a range of documentary modes, genres and techniques via screenings, discussion and practice. Key figures and films will be explored as well as emerging styles and formats.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    The aim of this course is to present a critical review of key aspects of contemporary theory, research and practice in political communications and to address how these may be challenged by and transformed by new technologies and by sophisticated methods for shaping personalised messages. Using an inter-disciplinary perspective, the course will present the key theoretical concepts pertaining to political communication as normally understood in the West, then pose normative and empirical questions on how they can be assessed outside those contexts.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module provides aims to develop students’ independent critical and analytical skills by exploring the relationship between situation comedy and the socio-cultural context of comedy production. The module will examine the history of situation comedy, and the development of the genre, focusing on both television and radio forms. The module will incorporate screenings of significant examples of British and US situation comedies, and analyse their relationship to the socio-cultural context of their production. The module will discuss key themes in the development of situation comedy including the representation of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, family, and modes of production including studio based production, mockumentary, and documentary style.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be employment, a work placement, professional training, volunteering in the not-for-profit sector, or where available, within a Virtual Business Environment within the University.

    It is expected that the student should work for a minimum of 70 hours, for which they will be required to provide evidence. The 70 hours can be completed in 10 working days in a full-time mode during the summer (where available), or spread over a semester in a part-time mode. Additionally, learners may in some cases be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a level of responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader).

    The work based learning activity should enable the student to build on previous experiences and learning gained within their academic course and elsewhere. It should provide learning opportunities for personal development. The student is encouraged and supported in developing the ability to identify applied knowledge and skills that enhance their work performance, ensure their continued improvement and apply theory to practice as appropriate. The learner should develop improved understanding of themselves, and the workplace through reflective and reflexive learning.

    ● Students will be contacted soon after they register for the module (e.g. June for those registered for October) to ensure they understand the requirements and are able to find suitable activity
    ● The University must ensure that suitable health and safety requirements are in place and the work activity needs to be approved by the module team before they start the role. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed on an individual basis.
    ● Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities and with all aspects of their job search and applications. The Careers and Employability Team will work with Faculty teams to provide this support. However, it is the student's’ responsibility to obtain suitable employment, and roles cannot be guaranteed.

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What our students say

"I have really enjoyed this course. Being able to work with different companies outside of the University due to being on my course has been a major highlight."

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After the course

Graduating from this degree could help you work in a variety of roles including public relations, broadcasting, social media, television production, web content management and advertising.

Previous graduates have found employment in news organisations, advertising, digital media, education, market research, media production, public relations and publishing. Graduates can also go on to undertake postgraduate study.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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If you're an international student, you'll need to complete our standard online application using the "Apply direct" button.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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