Media Studies with Digital Media Arts BA (Hons) – 2017 entry

One of the things I enjoyed most about the course was the strong sense of collaboration between staff and students.

What you'll study

The digital revolution means there has seldom been a more exciting time in the arts and the media. This degree gives you the unbeatable opportunity to put yourself at the forefront of the scene by developing your creative, commercial, technological and analytical capabilities.

You will graduate with exceptional knowledge of how the media works, and the artistic insight to carve your own place in the avant­-garde of digital media arts.

You could also give your career a head start if you take the option of a Professional Training placement period, giving you some eye-catching experience that will set you apart from the crowd.

Media Studies as your Major

From Facebook to film and Twitter to television, our experiences of the world are increasingly dominated by media. As society changes, so too do media practices. New media emerge, and traditionally separate channels converge through smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Your Media Studies Major will build your understanding of the role of mediated communication in contemporary societies, equipping you with abilities, skills and awareness required to achieve personal and professional success in today’s media­rich world.

You will gain detailed knowledge of the theories, concepts and methods relating to media studies, and form a deep understanding of the contested nature of media in contemporary society. You will develop cognitive and social skills that will enhance your intellectual, academic and personal development, as well the analytical tools to conduct and evaluate research on contemporary media and culture.

Above all, you will get into the habit of thinking critically about the media (and the society it both shapes and is shaped by), allowing you to confront and challenge prevailing media narratives.

Integrative module for Media Studies Majors

Media Studies as an academic field is fundamentally interdisciplinary, examining a range of sociological, artistic and technological issues. In addition, understanding the operation and the effect of the media requires critical and analytical skills that can be applied to almost any other discipline.

You will find this integrative module particularly fruitful in examining a range of humanities subjects, with seminar discussions covering a range of fascinating topics. These may include the effect of emerging media on literature, the differences and similarities in media landscapes across national boundaries, and how the performing arts are responding to a new world of media threats and possibilities.

Digital Media Arts as your Minor

Choose Digital Media Arts as your Minor subject and you'll develop an understanding of the theory ­and practice ­of contemporary digital media arts.

With enhanced media literacy and insightful appreciation of digital media's role as an innovating force in artistic expression, you will build the capacity to produce creative materials and to reflect critically upon your work and the work of others.

Module structure

Year 1
Major modules Media StudiesIntegrative modules Media StudiesMinor modules Digital Media Arts

Compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules:

Year 2
Major modules Media StudiesIntegrative modules Media StudiesMinor modules Digital Media Arts

Compulsory modules:

Plus 30 credits from (indicative list):

Compulsory modules:

Professional Training Placement (optional)

Professional Training placement year, taken as a professional work placement and / or period of study abroad. Your activities during this period will be relevant to your Major subject (unless otherwise stated).

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Evaluation of Placement
  • Learning Transfer of Placement Learning
Year 3
Major modules Media StudiesMinor modules Digital Media Arts

Compulsory modules:

Plus 30 credits from (indicative list):

Compulsory modules:

How you'll split your time

You'll find your lectures and tutorials extremely stimulating, but a Surrey degree is so much more than just your classroom learning.

The information below details some of the extra opportunities and advantages of becoming a Surrey student. Naturally, many of these will be defined by your choice of Major (such as where you spend your Professional Training placement), but don't forget that your Minor will also add a valuable dimension to your Surrey experience.

Professional Training placement

Our pioneering Professional Training placements are an opportunity to experience a work environment and apply all the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your first two years of study.

Placement students tend to return for their final year significantly more confident and focused, likely to perform better, and with enhanced career aspirations and prospects. After graduation, many take up permanent posts with their Professional Training placement employer.

Placements are selected according to your interests, career plans and location preferences. Some of our placements are paid, usually in the region of £12,000–£15,000 per annum, while others are unpaid.

If you choose to take an unpaid placement, you can claim additional financial support and may also work for a reduced amount of time.

Examples of past Professional Training placements undertaken by students in Media Studies include:

  • Radio stations
  • Record companies
  • Marketing companies
  • Public relations agencies
  • Computer companies
  • Social research organisations
  • Business organisations
  • Educational establishments

Teaching

A wide variety of teaching styles supports your learning, with lectures, small tutorial groups, seminars and presentations.

You will also undertake preparatory and wider reading (books, academic journals and newspapers), view materials (such as films and television programmes) and take part in debates and discussions with your tutors and fellow students.

Assessment

Your progress and the quality of your work are an important focus for us as we seek to ensure that you make the most of your time at Surrey. You will be assessed through a wide range of methods such as essays, seminar presentations, projects and exams.

This combination is designed to demonstrate and develop your analytical and creative strengths.

Career opportunities

Our degree programme prepares you for the wide range of careers in business, government or third­-sector organisations that demand the ability to analyse complex issues and reach sound conclusions.

You will gain an understanding of media and related industries, which provides you with valuable grounding if you wish to move towards media, research, PR or marketing­related careers.

The Major/Minor degrees provide the knowledge base, analytical capacity and skills to develop professional media careers, from film and television production, journalism, broadcasting, management and arts administration to advertising, event management and public relations.

At the same time, our programme will equip you with essential transferable skills that are applicable in many careers beyond media and communication.

Having a Media Studies Major/Minor degree from Surrey therefore also opens up possibilities for careers outside the media sector, such as management, teaching, research and a range of governmental, non­governmental and commercial roles.

Global opportunities

You have the option of studying abroad for one or two semester(s) in your Professional Training year. Our partner universities include:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Seoul National University
  • Brock University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Tech University
  • Monash University
  • Swinburne University
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Tubingen
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Victoria, Wellington

If you chose to spend time working or studying in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

Some students prefer a professional experience through a work placement with an overseas organisation.

International experiences expose you to a new cultural environment that develops your adaptation and communication skills but also your abilities to deal with unfamiliar situations, thus strengthening your academic and professional profiles.

Learn more about the Erasmus programme or discover where our global opportunities can take you.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Required grades: AAB

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Required grades: DDD

European Baccalaureate

75 per cent required

International Baccalaureate

35 points required

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

Grade A at A-level in a technical or creative practice subject, including:

  • Art and Design
  • Applied Art and Design
  • Applied Performing Arts
  • Communication and Culture
  • Computing
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • ICT
  • Media Studies
  • Media Communication and Production
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Performance Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography

Applicants without one or more technical or creative practice A-levels would normally be permitted to present a portfolio for consideration.

There is no requirement for an A-level in Media. GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 3 Years P311 View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 4 Years P310 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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Other Major/minor Courses

What does it mean to study a course as a major or minor?

A Major/Minor degree lets you build in-depth knowledge of one subject (your Major) while also studying another topic (your Minor). At Surrey, your Major/Minor degree also includes an integrative module that allows you to develop a unique understanding of how your two chosen subjects relate to each other.

The type and title of the degree conferred upon you will reflect your Major subject while acknowledging your Minor. For example, you could receive BA (Hons) English Literature with Psychology, BSc (Hons) Politics with Creative Writing, BMus (Hons) Music with Digital Media Arts, etc.

What are the pros and cons of studying a Major/Minor course?

A Major/Minor degree gives you the opportunity to build a much broader base of knowledge than a traditional single-subject degree, but without sacrificing the opportunity to acquire real expertise in a particular field. You will come into contact with students, academics and ideas from two disciplines rather than one.

There are a small number of careers that require graduate membership of a chartered institute, for which an accredited single-honours degree may be necessary, or which require particular postgraduate or doctoral qualifications that may only be gained after completing an undergraduate degree in a specific, single-honours subject. However, for the overwhelming majority of career paths this is not the case and in most cases there are conversion courses or equivalency allowances should you later decide you wish to follow a career with these requirements. Please speak to a careers advisor for further clarification.

What would studying a Major/Minor course mean for my job prospects?

Modern employers rarely demand a specific degree relevant to their field or sector, instead preferring culturally aware people who can place their knowledge in a wider context, who have used their time as a student to develop personally and intellectually as well as academically, and who leave university with impressive professional workplace experience already under their belt.

Because of this, it is the graduates who have combined academic achievement with the development of critical skills, who have acquired the capacity for independent learning across a range of subjects and who are comfortable dealing with a wide variety of colleagues and clients who will find themselves in greater and greater demand.

How will my time be split on a Major/Minor programme?

As you'd expect, the majority of your degree modules, exams, coursework and assessment marks will come from your Major subject. As a guideline, we would expect you to spend around 70% of your time studying for your Major, with the remaining 30% dedicated to your Minor. However, our Major/Minor framework allows you to choose from a flexible range of optional modules, so the actual balance will depend on your own preferences and requirements.

Remember also that Surrey Major/Minor degrees include our unique integrative modules, which bring you together with your fellow students to reflect on how your Major and Minor subjects complement each other.

See all Major/Minor courses

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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