Media and Culture (BA): 6-year, part-time

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

Six years part-time

Attendance

One to two evenings a week

Are you fascinated by our constantly changing contemporary media and culture? Do you want to develop yourself into an independent thinker capable of negotiating rapid shifts in the media and creative industries today? During this course, you will be challenged not only to think about media but to also think through media by engaging directly with digital and traditional media forms.

The BA Media and Culture gives you important insight into the world where media permeates almost every aspect of our lives. You will explore core topics in media studies, such as social media, mobile technology, film, television and journalism. At the same time, you will have a chance to develop a working understanding of how media impacts fields such as arts, curating, design, education, literature, museums, performance, politics and activism.

This course is your opportunity to learn about cutting-edge academic perspectives, while also developing skills and knowledge in applied media practice. It will help you develop a broad and highly transferable understanding of media culture suited to our 21st-century context.

This programme is also available for full-time evening study over three years and for part-time evening study over four years.

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Course structure

In Year 1, you take one compulsory module and one core module.

In Year 2, you take one core module and choose one option module at Level 4.

In Year 3, you take one compulsory module and choose one option module at Level 5.

In Year 4, you take one compulsory module and choose one option module at Level 5.

In Year 5, you choose two option modules at Level 6.

In your final year, you choose one option module at Level 6. You also complete a Final-Year Project, either: an extended piece of supervised research on a topic of your choice (8000 words); or a practice-based project which combines a well-defined media practice component with a critical practice essay.

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    Year 1 compulsory module

    Year 1 core modules

    Year 2 core module

    Year 3 compulsory module

    Year 4 compulsory module

    Level 4 option modules

    Level 5 option modules

    Level 6 option modules

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    • Entry Requirements We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.

      Entry requirements

      We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

      If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

      Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

      If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.

      Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

    • Fees We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.

      Fees (2017/8)

      Part-time home/EU students: £ 4625 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 6500 pa
    • Teaching and assessment Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.

      Teaching

      At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

      Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

      Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

      In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

      Methods of teaching on this course

      Teaching is mainly via small, highly interactive classes, including lectures, seminars, small-group work, discussion groups, creative workshops, practical media work, field visits and one-to-one tutorials.

      Timetables

      Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

      Indicative class size

      Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.

      Academic support

      Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

      • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
      • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
      • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

      Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

      Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

      Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.

      Assessment

      Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

      Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

      Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

      Methods of assessment on this course

      Essays and a range of alternative and creative methods of assessment, including writing exercises, audio/visual productions, blogging, mind maps, conceptual representations and digital media projects.

      Feedback

      As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

      Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.

      Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.

      Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.

    • Careers and employability To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.

      Careers and employability

      Graduates can pursue careers in the media and cultural industries, for example in film, television, newspapers, online publishing, digital media management, magazines, trade publications and public relations. This degree can also provide transferable skills and knowledge to work in cultural and educational institutions, public policy or professional communications.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

    • How to apply Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.

      How to apply

      You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link. Please note that online application will open in October 2017.

      All applicants must address in their personal statement why they wish to undertake a BA Media and Culture degree at Birkbeck. Statements may also highlight any past experiences in media and creative production broadly conceived.

      Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

      Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

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