Last Updated on January 18, 2023
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
3 years full-time
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
English and Creative Writing
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.
This degree allows you to explore critical perspectives in literature and media alongside each other while developing your skills in creative writing (script and short story) and editing.
Why study BA Media & English at Goldsmiths?
- The media shapes our lives in many unseen ways, from our views on race and religion to the way we see the economy. You’ll be given the tools you need to understand and address these issues. We encourage you to be critical – a vital skill for questioning the status quo.
- You’ll develop a vocabulary for discussing and analysing works of literature from different genres and historical periods.
- This course offers you the chance to cultivate your creative skills – you’ll be creating screenplays for film and TV, plays for radio, and short stories. These will form a portfolio that you can show to future employers.
- You’ll gain an understanding of media production and how writing impacts on the technical aspects of the media industry.
- We regularly host events in which major international researchers, writers and critics present and talk about their work; they have included Danny Boyle, Gurinder Chadha, Noel Clark and Sir Lenny Henry.
What you’ll study
You’ll take introductory-level theoretical modules in media/communications and literature in your first year, and will take a creative writing module in which you explore the various forms of narrative fiction in media – screenplays for film and tv, plays for radio and short stories – and develop an original idea into one of these forms.
The second-year develops your understanding of approaches to studying communications and the media and gives you the opportunity to follow your interests in English. You’ll also complete a second, longer project in creative writing.
In the third year, you’re free to choose from a range of options, according to your interests. You’ll also complete a final creative writing project, in which you’ll demonstrate an understanding of how to work with fiction writing (and writers) from the production side (film, tv, radio, publishing).
Year 1 (credit level 4)
In your first year you take the following compulsory modules:
|Year 1 compulsory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Approaches to Text||30 credits|
|Film and the Audiovisual: Theory and Analysis||15 credits|
|Key Debates in Media Studies||15 credits|
|Explorations in Literature||30 credits|
In addition to:
|Creative Writing (Script and Short Story) – Level 4||30 credits|
Year 2 (credit level 5)
Media and Communications
You’ll take media theory options that cover the internationalisation of cultural and media studies, the psychology of communications or theories of political economy in the cultural industries.
You select two Media option modules. Those recently available have included:
|Year 2 option modules||Module title||Credits|
|Psychology, Subjectivity and Power||15 credits|
|Money, Society, and Culture||15 credits|
|Media, Memory and Conflict||15 credits|
|Television and After||15 credits|
|Culture, Society and the Individual||15 credits|
|Media, Modernity and Social Thought||15 credits|
You also study:
|Creative Writing (Script and Short Story) Level 5||30 credits|
In addition to:
English and Creative Writing (chosen from an approved list) Level 5
- You take modules to the value of 60 credits from an approved list of module units available annually from the Department of English and Creative Writing (60 credits total)
You can follow your interests and choose three modules from a wide range offering diverse literary, historical and contextual scope.
Year 3 (credit level 6)
Media and Communications (chosen from an approved list)
- You take modules to the value of 30 credits from an approved list of third year module units available annually from the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies (30 credits)
Examples of previous Media options include:
|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 also take the following compulsory module:
|Creative Writing (Script and Short Story) Level 6||30 credits|
In addition to:
English and Creative Writing (chosen from an approved list)
- You take modules to the value of 30 credits from an approved list of third-year modules available annually from the Department of English and Creative Writing. Note: students who take the dissertation option must pass that module (30 credits) in addition to the compulsory Creative Writing module in order to be awarded the degree
And either a dissertation (30 credits) or modules to value of 30 credits from the Department of English and Comparative Literature
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 – 18% scheduled learning, 82% independent learning
- Year 2 – 16% scheduled learning, 84% independent learning
- Year 3 – 15% scheduled learning, 85% 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 – 100% coursework
- 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.
Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.
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% preferably including English
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2
As the course demands significant amounts of writing, it’s important that you are able to cope with the rigours of the course. You may be asked for examples of written work and called to interview.
A-level English Literature (or Language and Literature) is required; A-level General Studies is not accepted.
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: £17050
If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.
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.
We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.
Some of the skills you’ll develop during the degree include:
- Critical and analytical thinking
- Communication skills
- Creative writing skills
- Audience understanding
- Proficiency in assessing evidence
- Clear expression of ideas
- Problem solving
- The ability to think creatively
- Suitable professions for graduates of this programme include:
- New media writing and production
- Book and magazine writing and publishing
- Film writing and production
- TV writing and production
- Civil service
- Business and industry
- European Union private sector management and personnel work
You can read more about possible career options on our Media and Communications careers pages. Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.