BA Media Studies (Hons)

General

Program Description

Overview

Communication happens through still and moving images, spoken and written words, music, drawing and animation. In the 21st century, the boundaries between these forms have blurred. On this programme, you examine how old and new media are creating meaning today and using our first-class resources to create work of your own.

How is art different from entertainment? How do filmmakers, performers, and artists express themselves using style and genre? What are the distinctions between ‘high’ and ‘low’ media? The teaching staff, leading researchers in the field, guide you in answering these questions and more. They help you understand how media shape us, and how you, through your creative practice, can shape media.

We have embedded practice-based learning within the programme with modules in areas such as filmmaking, photography, art criticism, screenwriting and curating. The programme has been designed to deepen your understanding of contemporary media through creative ability.

All Media Studies students have the opportunity to spend a year abroad as part of their degree. This gives you an opportunity to increase your contacts and network so you can hit the ground running when you graduate. For more information view the Media Studies with an Approved Year Abroad programme.

Independent rankings

Media and Film Studies at Kent was ranked 3rd overall in The Guardian University Guide 2018. Communications and Media Studies at Kent was ranked 2nd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2018.

Communications and Media at Kent was ranked 1st for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2018 and The Times Good University Guide 2017.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customize your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

All students take the following modules:

  • ART301 - Media and Meaning
  • ART302 - Media and Taste

All students then choose 60 credits of optional modules from a list that may include:

  • ART304 - Making Media
  • DR346 - Popular Performance, Pubs, Clubs, Citizenship
  • FI313 - Film Style
  • HA314 - Introduction to Contemporary Art
  • HA315 - Introduction to Contemporary Art
  • HA316 - Introduction to the History of Photography
  • HA317 - Introduction to the History of Photography
  • HA354 - Introduction to the History of Art
  • HA355 - Introduction to the History of Art
  • HA361 - Introduction to Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • HA362 - Introduction to Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • SO334 - Modern Culture
  • SO335 - Contemporary Culture and Media

Stage 2

All students take the following module:

  • ART521 - Media Ethics

All students then choose 90 credits of optional modules from a list that may include:

  • ART522 - Disability and the Arts
  • ART523 - Photography: Contexts of Practice
  • ART524 - Digital Storytelling
  • ART525 - Social Media and Participatory Culture
  • DR674 - Media and Performance Art

Stage 3

All students take the following module:

  • ART515 - Industry Project

Students then select 90 credits of optional modules.

Teaching and assessment

All modules involve live lectures, small group seminars, screenings and occasionally group trips to galleries, museums, libraries, and festivals. Methods of assessment vary between modules. The majority of modules are assessed solely by coursework, while others have a mix of coursework and exams.

Typically, students attend two lectures a week of one-and-a-half to two hours in duration, as well as two seminars a week of similar length. In addition, many modules will have screenings, readings, trips and related learning activities.

Careers

Media Studies graduates have the same wide-ranging career opportunities as other graduates in the faculty of humanities. These include teaching, local and central government, business and the NGO sector. Our graduates also have skills and experience relevant to careers in the creative industries and media journalism, galleries and museums, heritage and tourism, and marketing and advertising.

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

The School of Arts at the University of Kent is based at the university’s Canterbury campus, just outside the historic and culturally significant city of Canterbury. The School of Arts offers undergra ... Read More

The School of Arts at the University of Kent is based at the university’s Canterbury campus, just outside the historic and culturally significant city of Canterbury. The School of Arts offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in four subject areas: Drama and Theatre; Film; Art History; and Media Studies. Read less