Last Updated on January 18, 2023
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
3 years full-time
We will be making some changes to the way our programmes will be delivered in 2021-22 to ensure we continue to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All programmes will be delivered in-person on campus with some specific sessions within each programme being delivered online in a pre-recorded format. Where necessary, changes will also be made to assessment formats.
All changes will be considered through the College’s established processes to assure the quality of each programme. Approved changes to programmes will be published from 19 July.
If government guidelines change, it may mean we need to make further adjustments to teaching arrangements. If this is the case, you will be notified of any further changes.
Bringing together media practice and communications theory, this degree covers a broad spectrum of critical perspectives on the media, and will introduce you to a range of contemporary media practices.
Why study BA Media & Communications at Goldsmiths?
- You will study in one of the UK’s and the world’s top media and communications departments.
- You’ll be taught by leading names in media, communications and cultural studies.
- We concentrate on high quality lectures and small group work, and all our teaching takes place on one purpose-built site.
- On practice modules you’ll be taught by industry professionals engaged in TV, film, journalism, radio, photography, scriptwriting, short fiction, illustration, interactive media and animation.
- You’ll have access to industry-standard practice facilities, including TV/film, radio and photography studios, digital video and audio editing suites, and animation software and hardware.
- Our close links to the media industry bring you into regular contact with media professionals. You will have the opportunity to apply for an internship in the media as part of the course.
- We regularly host debates and talks by international figures in media and cultural research and the media industry; recent guests have included Danny Boyle, Gurinder Chadha and Noel Clark.
- You’ll be taught alongside students from all over the world and with diverse cultural experiences that enrich the department and the learning experience.
- You’ll develop skills that you can use throughout your career whether in the media industries or elsewhere. Our recent graduates are now working as television producers, news readers, editors, journalists… Others have gone into a whole range of careers such as research, teaching and law.
- We’re ranked third in the UK for the quality and impact of our research (Research Excellence Framework), which means that by studying in the department you’ll be working alongside academics who are leaders in their fields.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Ceiren Bell.
What you’ll study
The degree consists of 50% media theory and 50% media practice. We aim to provide an inspirational learning experience in which theory and practice influence and enrich each other in the production of original creative and intellectual work.
Far more than just a media degree this programme incorporates philosophical perspectives on technology and human life as well as sociological approaches to media production.
We look at issues of identity through critical race studies, queer theory and critiques of post-feminism. We investigate global screen cultures and also the role of news in democracy. All of this, together with critical, creative practice in production equips our students to be the thinking media practitioners of the future.
In the first year, the theory element introduces you to the study of verbal and visual languages and encourages you to assess changes in the media. You’ll be acquainted with debates surrounding the term ‘culture’, and will look at how experiences of gender, age and race affect our understanding of the concept. You’ll also examine various media texts, and take a module that will address theories of society and approaches to the modern state as they relate to media.
You take the following compulsory modules.
|Year 1 Compulsory theory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Media History and Politics||15 credits|
|Culture and Cultural Studies||15 credits|
|Key Debates in Media Studies||15 credits|
|Film and the Audiovisual: Theory and Analysis||15 credits|
|Media Arts||15 credits|
|Media Production Option 1||30 credits|
Year 2 (credit level 5)
In the second year you take theory modules covering a range of approaches to the study of communications and the media. You’ll look at theories of postmodernity, identity and globalisation; be introduced to differing psychological perspectives on the analysis of culture and communications; consider cultural theory; and investigate concepts of audience.
You take the following compulsory modules:
|Year 2 compulsory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Psychology, Subjectivity and Power||15 credits|
|Media, Modernity and Social Thought||15 credits|
And a choice of two 15 credit option modules. Options offered recently have included:
|Year 2 option modules||Module title||Credits|
|Culture, Society and the Individual||15 credits|
|Money, Society, and Culture||15 credits|
|Media, Memory and Conflict||15 credits|
|Television and After||15 credits|
Practice modules introduce you to media production in a different area to the one you studied in year one. You’ll apply production skills in the creation of small-scale projects, and develop critical skills through the analysis of examples and of work produced in each area. You then choose a practice area in which to specialise.
|Media Production Option 2||30 credits|
Year 3 (credit level 6)
You can choose any combination of options to the value of 60 credits. Options offered recently have included:
|Year 3 option modules||Module title||Credits|
|Structure of Contemporary Political Communication||15 credits|
|Race, Empire and Nation||15 credits|
|The City and Consumer Culture||15 credits|
|Music as Communication and Creative Practice||15 credits|
|Embodiment and Experience||15 credits|
|Media Law and Ethics||15 credits|
|Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures||15 credits|
|Promotional Culture||15 credits|
|Politics of the Audiovisual||15 credits|
|Social Media in Everyday Life: A global perspective||15 credits|
|Media Geographies||15 credits|
You can also undertake a work placement as one of your option modules.
You undertake the research, planning and production of a major project or a portfolio of work in the practice area in which you specialised in Year 2 (60 credits).
This programme is taught through scheduled learning – a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.
The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 – 20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning
- Year 2 – 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
- Year 3 – 19% scheduled learning, 81% independent learning
How you’ll be assessed
You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects and reflective essays, as well as seen and unseen written examinations.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 – 75% coursework, 25% practical
- Year 2 – 98% coursework, 3% practical
- Year 3 – 100% coursework
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2019/20. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.
Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
Please note that this programme does not accept transfers/direct entry onto year 2.
We accept the following qualifications:
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Fees & funding
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as ‘International’ for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.
- Home – full-time: £9250
- International – full-time: £18100
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you’ll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
The Royal Television Society runs two bursary schemes: the Technology Bursary and the TV Production and Journalism Bursary. The schemes are designed to support people from lower-income backgrounds to pursue a career in the television industry. RTS bursary recipients benefit from:
- financial support
- free RTS membership
- networking events
This prestigious award also offers a real opportunity to gain insight into the industry and build a network of key contacts. As a bursary recipient you receive £1000 per year of study, membership of the Royal Television Society and affiliate membership of the Club while studying, one year’s free membership of the Royal Television Society when you graduate and in the second or third year of your course we will aim to set up a mentoring opportunity with one of our many industry mentors.
If you are interested in current affairs journalism or documentary production, your application can be considered for one of two Steve Hewlett awards, worth an extra £1000 per year.
For more details, visit the RTS website.
Some of the skills you’ll develop during a Media and Communications degree include:
- critical and analytical skills
- proficiency in assessing evidence and in expressing ideas clearly
- ability to bring together insights from a range of subjects
- IT skills
- communications skills
- journalistic and creative writing skills
Alumni from the Department have gone on to careers in television, radio, the press, publishing, film-making, advertising, marketing and public relations, web design, teaching and research, advertising, arts and administration, business and industry, European Union private sector management and personnel work, and many more both in the media industries and elsewhere. You can read more about possible career options after graduating on our Media and Communications careers page.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.