Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

By bringing together media practice and communications theory, this degree covers a broad spectrum of critical perspectives on the media, and introduces a range of contemporary media practices. 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 etc... Others have gone into a whole range of careers such as research, teaching and law.

Course Modules

Media practice: Induction course introduces production options: television; radio; journalism; video graphics and animation; illustration; photography; scriptwriting with prose writing. 2 options are selected at end of 1st term and followed in 2nd term of 1st year and 1st term of 2nd year; in 2nd term of 2nd year, an advanced course is taken; in the 3rd year, production work is completed in the same medium. Communications theory: Combines theoretical perspectives from anthropology, cultural studies, economics, history, psychology and sociology; courses include: communications and signification; media history and politics; culture and cultural studies; representation and textual analysis; society, culture and communication. Year 2: courses include: culture and communication; psychology of communications; contemporary issues in the cultural industries. Year 3: 4 courses are chosen from a range, 1 of which can be a dissertation; options include: music as communication; media, nation, ethnicity; contemporary cultural practices; political economy of the media.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £16,280  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates ABBBB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • SQA Higher ABBBB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AAC
  • International Baccalaureate 34

Key Course Information

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80% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 80%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 93%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 80%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

80% Go on to work and/or study

In work 70
Studying 10
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 10
Unknown 5

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 9%

Total Coursework: 91%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation