Year of entry2018
Start dateJanuary 2019
Three years part-time
Two to three evenings a week
Other entry years for this course2017
Learn about managing arts and media organisations - including film and TV, museums, galleries and theatres - from practitioners and academics who are actively working in the arts sector. Some classes might even take place in our partner arts venues around London.
The main purpose of the degree is to provide a flexible programme of professional development that forges a combination of creative, critical and management skills, as well as enabling technical skills. The focus on transferable work-related knowledge and skills will enable students to meet the changing demands associated with changes in technology, environment and work role.
After successfully completing this foundation degree, you can undertake one further year of study, equivalent to the third year of an honours degree, to graduate with a BA Arts and Media Management.
- Study literature, art, film and media, theatre studies and cultural studies within a single degree.
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
- Our School of Arts is ranked in the top five in the UK and we offer high-quality teaching and a world-class research environment.
- Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
- We offer a range of world-class research resources.
In Year 1 (January start), you take two compulsory modules.
In Year 2 (October start), you take one compulsory module and two option modules from a list of pathways.
In Year 3 (October start), you take one compulsory module and two option modules from a list of pathways (following on from Year 2).
Pathways include (but are not limited to): Journalism; Screenwriting; Multimedia; Cinema; Television; PR; Cultural Theory and Policy; Visual Arts; Performing Arts; Audience Engagement and Education.
Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory module
Year 2 indicative option modules
- Audience Engagement
- Cinema Today
- Introduction to Cinema
- Introduction to Journalism Practice
- Introduction to Public Relations
- Journalism in British Life
- Media Studies: Key Thinkers and Approaches
- Performing/Live Arts: Histories, Networks and Organisations
- Television: History and Future
- The Politics of Culture
- Visual Art: Histories, Networks and Organisations
- Web Design and Development: Making the Web Work
Year 3 compulsory module
Year 3 indicative option modules
- Cultural Identity and the Media
- Developing an Arts Project
- Film, Narrative and Genre
- French Cinema: History, Practice, Analysis
- Journalism and Politics
- Journalism: Interview Skills and Feature Writing
- Managing a Performing/Live Arts Project
- Marketing and PR in the Creative Industries
- Media, Technology and Culture
- Screenwriting - The Thirty-Minute Script
- Storytelling in Television
- The Versatile Journalist
- Theorising Japanese Cinema
- Web Design and Development: Effective Website Development
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
Foundation Degrees are designed specifically for mature students and/or students without traditional backgrounds. No formal educational qualifications are required.
Good literacy and computer skills are necessary. These will be assessed via an application form, a short written task and an interview.
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.
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
Fees (2017/8)Part-time home/EU students, Year 1: £ 4500 pa
Part-time overseas students, Year 1: £ 6500 pa
Part-time home/EU students, Years 2+: £ 6750 pa
Part-time overseas students, Years 2+: £ 9750 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
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
Lectures, seminars and masterclasses from guest speakers, face-to-face tutorials and tutor-assisted online learning. Depending on the modules you choose, there will be opportunities for workplace observation and reflection, site visits and technical training from industry professionals.
The first year is taught over two terms, starting in January. The subsequent two years start in October.
Depending on the modules you choose, some teaching may take place on a Saturday.
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.
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 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.
Methods of assessment on this course
By coursework through a mixture of written assignments, oral presentations, portfolios and project work.
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 journalism, media or education. This degree may also be useful in becoming an arts administrator, museum/gallery curator, multimedia specialist or community arts worker.
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.
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.
Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible.
Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
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. We can give you the advice and support you need.
Discover more about our comprehensive range of student services, which offer all the support and assistance you need.
Boost your career
Discover how Birkbeck's unique evening teaching, coupled with our comprehensive careers and employability services, can help you get ahead in a highly competitive job market.
Fees and payment
With government loans for undergraduate and postgraduate study, fantastic financial support packages and flexible payment options, there’s never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.
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